Mark Brennan, Fight On State: Joe Paterno is expected to sign a new contract that will keep him as Penn State's coach for three more seasons.
B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News: Dan Hawkins, who is 13-24 as Colorado's coach, has this forecast for 2009: "Ten wins and no excuses."
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Michigan defensive coordinator Scott Shafer has resigned, saying, "I take full responsibility for the demise of the Michigan program. I accept all of the responsibility." Shafer lasted only one season at Ann Arbor after coming from Stanford, where he helped engineer the Cardinal's 24-23 victory over USC in 2007.
Oklahoman: Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray will undergo surgery Monday to repair a partial rupture of a hamstring tendon in his left leg. He will not play in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
John Maher, Austin American-Statesman: There's a lack of buzz in Columbus as Ohio State begins preparations for its Fiesta Bowl matchup against Texas.
Robbi Pickeral, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina has sold its allotment of 22,000 tickets to the Meineke Bowl.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: When South Florida plays Memphis in Saturday's St. Petersburg Bowl, it will be the first Division I-A game held in Tropicana Field.