John Heuser, Ann Arbor News: It's too late now. Rich Rodriguez finally got around to signing his Michigan contract. The all-important buyouts: If Michigan fires Rodriguez in the first three years of the deal, the school would owe him $4 million. In years four and five, he would be paid $2.5 million. If Michigan were to dismiss Rodriguez in the contract's last year, the school would pay $1.5 million. Those same buyout payments would apply to Rodriguez if he decided to leave Michigan during the period of the contract.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: Some prominent boosters are upset that San Diego State athletic director Jeff Schemmel gave football coach Chuck Long a vote of confidence. "I hate to say this, but we need a new coach, and we need a new athletic director," said Art Flaming, a former SDSU Alumni Association president who recently gave $500,000 for the new SDSU Alumni Center. Thanks to Mike.
Shannon Muchmore, Tulsa World: Oklahoma State officials say T. Boone Pickens has plenty of money and that "considerable assets" remain from the booster's $165 million donation, despite an online report that it had been entirely wiped out.
Gary Dougherty, Seattle Times: Washington and Washingto State against the line. If you had bet $110 (to win $100) on each Husky and Cougar game, you would be 12-1, and would be up $1,090.
George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard: Former Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder continues to battle Stage IV melanoma.
Doug Lesmerises: Cleveland Plain Dealer: Win or lose to Penn State, Ohio State would appear to be headed to the Rose Bowl.
Sports By Brooks: Erin Andrews hints at a move to entertainment reporter.
Don Markus, Baltimore Sun: Starting in 2009, the Army-Navy game will become the last regular-season game each year. For the first time since 1985, it will take place on the second Saturday in December, so as not to conflict with the conference championship games scheduled for the first Saturday.
Maurice Patton, Tennessean: Vanderbilt, Duke, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Stanford. It has been a good season on the gridiron for top academic schools.
Jeff Carroll, South Bend Tribune: The real reason behind Notre Dame's firing of Tyrone Willingham in 2004.
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany had his contract extended through 2013.