David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel: The coach-in-waiting contract Florida State gave Jimbo Fisher could be a ticking time bomb. Fisher is due to get $5 million if he's not the head guy in January 2011. And with Bobby Bowden showing no indication of stepping aside, the university could be on the hook for the $5 million owed to Fisher plus Bowden's $2.5 million annual salary. That's $7.5 million paid to two coaches for one season.
Al Jones, Biloxi Sun Herald: Southern Mississippi receiver DeAndre Brown, who suffered a gruesome break of his left leg during the New Orleans Bowl, said he plans on resuming his playing career. "I may not be back for spring drills, but I will be back for the fall and play next season. With rehab and hard work, I will be back at 100%."
Margaret Baker, Biloxi Sun Herald: An independent pathologist has concluded that prep running back Billy Joe Johnson was outside his truck with the driver's door open when he died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police said Johnson, who had numerous scholarship offers, committed suicide, but Johnson’s family, along with representatives of the NAACP, say that is not the case.
Sal Interdonato, Middletown Times Herald-Record: Cal Poly coach Rich Ellerson is in talks to become the new coach at Army.
Fresno Bee: Fresno State fans are letting Pat Hill have it after the Bulldogs lost to Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl to finish a disappointing 7-6 season.
Tom D'Angelo, Palm Beach Post: Florida Atlantic senior linebacker Andre Clark, senior offensive tackle Brandon Jackson, junior offensive guard Kevin Miller and senior kicker Warley Leroy — all starters — have been ruled ineligible and will not play in Friday's Motor City Bowl against Central Michigan.
Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Oklahoma's Bob Stoops said there's nothing to rumors that offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and safety Lendy Holmes are academically ineligible and would miss the BCS title game.
Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman: Texas receiver Jordan Shipley was granted a sixth season of eligibility.
John Maher, Austin American-Statesman: How far has Notre Dame fallen? When Mack Brown took over at Texas 11 years ago, the Longhorns were three dozen all-time wins behind the Fighting Irish. Texas has passed Notre Dame and is now No. 2 on the list behind Michigan.
Jeff Carroll, South Bend Tribune: Hawaii linebacker Adam Leonard calls Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen the best quarterback he has seen on film this season, including Tim Tebow.
Teddy Feinberg, Las Cruces Sun-News: The list of candidates to fill the New Mexico State coaching position is down to three, according to athletic director McKinley Boston.
Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News: Former Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin is transferring to Delaware, sources tell the newspaper.
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: New Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads could learn a thing or two from Nebraska's Bo Pelini.
Eric Lacy, Detroit News: Michigan State running back Glenn Winston and defensive back Mitchell White face misdemeanor assault charges from their alleged involvement in an off-campus fight that left Spartan hockey player A.J. Sturges with head injuries that could end his playing career.
Bart Wright, Greenville News: The South Carolina athletic department will start giving $1 million a year to the school to help students afford to attend the state’s largest university.
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: Nice work if you can get it. Steve Sarkisian is collecting two paychecks as USC offensive coordinator and Washington coach.
Brian Dohn, L.A. Daily News: Louisiana State representatives reached out to UCLA's DeWayne Walker about becoming the Tiger defensive coordinator, but no official contact with the school has taken place.
Knoxville News-Sentinel: Minnesota Vikings guard Anthony Herrera, who attended Tennessee, says Phil Fulmer "is a very two-faced guy."
Dave Fairbank, Newport News Daily Press: The journey of Phoebus High quarterback and top-shelf recruit Tajh Boyd, who reneged on a springtime commitment to West Virginia and then committed to Tennessee just before Phil Fulmer was canned. He's back on the market, with Ohio State, Boston College and Oregon in the mix.
To bypass registration, go to Bug Me Not. Here is today's not-so-mystery link from Larry Brown Sports. A tribute to Dock Ellis, who tossed a no-hitter in 1970 while tripping on LSD. Ellis, 63, died Friday.