Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Paul Spina, president pro tem of the Auburn board of trustees, has offered his support for Tommy Tuberville. "I think Tommy made a couple of staff mistakes, and I'm going to fight for him to have the opportunity to correct those mistakes," Spina said. "Tommy deserves that opportunity, and I'll fight for him to have that opportunity to remain the head football coach at Auburn University."
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News: Joe Paterno indicates he has no plans to retire at season's end. The Penn State coach plans to get something done "as soon as I can, after the season's over" to fix the hip/leg problem that has forced him to coach from the press box instead of the sideline through much of this season. Because, he explained, that would allow him to "get back on the road and recruit."
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: How did Jim Tressel spend the first eight months of the year? He must have been playing golf because from the looks of it, his Ohio State Buckeyes have regressed.
Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: Pete Carroll spoke to Pacific 10 Conference officials and complained about the lack of penalties called against USC opponents. Arizona committed one penalty and the Trojans 10 in Saturday's 17-10 USC victory.
Jennifer Armstrong, Hollywood Insider: Saturday night's Penn State-Ohio State game averaged 9.4 million viewers, beating Game 3 of the World Series, which averaged 7.3 million. Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.
Brett Dawson, Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline said he lost his starting job because "the guys around [him] aren't performing the way they should." Thanks to Scott.
Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: Political football. Florida players are split on the presidential candidates. Linebacker Brandon Spikes has been publicizing his interest in politics by wearing shirts advertising Barack Obama. On Saturday, quarterback Tim Tebow indicated he leads locker room debates in favor of John McCain.
Scott Carter, Nole Insider: Florida State has said no to a proposed game between the Seminoles and South Florida in Jacksonville next season.
Austin American-Statesman: Texas is coming to Lubbock and the big concern among Texas Tech bloggers is that Red Raider fans are going to do something Saturday on national TV to embarrass the school.
Jim Siegel, Columbus Dispatch: Former state Rep. John Widowfield was fined $2,000 after pleading guilty to two charges related to his scalping of Ohio State football tickets purchased with campaign money.
Detroit News: Columnist Rob Parker issues an apology for a TV report implicating backup Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in an off-campus assault 10 days ago.
Associated Press: A Baton Rouge man accused of placing a noose at a black colleague's
work area has been charged under a new state law that makes it a crime
to display a noose with the intent to intimidate.
Patrick Magee, Hattiesburg American: Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora said receiver Torris Magee left the team one day before he was arrested and charged with one count of residential burglary.
Paul J. Letlow, Monroe News-Star: The first installment of Charlie Weatherbie's greatest losses at Louisiana Monroe. Who can forget Northwestern State 14, Monroe 10, on Sept. 20, 2003?