Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: Auburn is hiring Gus Malzahn as its offensive coordinator. Malzahn, 43, has been Tulsa's assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator.
Get The Picture: Just how bad did Gene Chizik want the Auburn job? He reportedly told Jay Jacobs that if he needed more money to help pay for assistant coaches, the athletic director could take $400,000 from the head coach's salary.
Pete Thamel, New York Times: Roy Kramer, the architect of the Bowl Championship Series, defends his creation. "It keeps interest throughout the whole season. What happens in Texas impacts what happens in Gainesville or Los Angeles or wherever."
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: Stanley Havili, who started 11 games at fullback for USC, has not been cleared academically to participate in Thursday's Rose Bowl. Pete Carroll said Havili's standing could change during the week, but if it doesn't, D.J. Shoemate is expected to start.
Randy Rosetta, Baton Rouge Advocate: Does Louisiana State quarterback Jarrett Lee have a future in the program? Jordan Jefferson is the present flavor of the month and could possibly solidify his spot as the starter with a strong performance against Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer: Despite the loss to West Virginia, North Carolina has reason to be optimistic. The Tar Heels will enter 2009 in fast-forward mode under third-year coach Butch Davis.
Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel: An impressive victory over Wisconsin proves that Florida State is headed in the right direction.
Jake Curtis, San Francisco Chronicle: California went through the season without a passing threat and finished 9-4. Jahvid Best, who rushed for 698 yards in his final three games, will be one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy next fall.
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: In the wake of recent coaching hires at Kansas State and Iowa State, Nebraska's Bo Pelini now ranks 11th among Big 12 coaches in annual pay.
Kevin Donahue, FanBlogs: Because of the sluggish economy, there are plenty of deals online for bowl tickets.
John McGrath, Tacoma News Tribune: Would former Washington coach Jim Lambright come back as defensive coordinator if asked by new coach Steve Sarkisian?
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