Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Notre Dame continues to be a ratings hit. Approximately 3 million households saw the Fighting Irish defeat Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, record viewership for the seven-year-old game.
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Texas' Mack Brown was critical of a New York Times story on the recruitment of defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland, who committed to Oklahoma over the Longhorns. Brown said the author, Thayer Evans, "has an agenda, in my mind, against Texas." Evans responded, "The article speaks for itself. We will continue to follow the story." Click here for the link to the Times' story.
Dana Beyerle, Tuscaloosa News: The state Attorney General’s office is looking into alleged contact involving Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith and an agent. Alabama has a sports agent law requiring certain actions by agents.
Troy Phillips, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, featuring Air Force and Houston, is nearly sold out.
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star: What's to celebrate? Missouri ended the season with an overtime victory over an inferior opponent inside a half-empty stadium. Shouldn't Tiger fans have expected more?
Susan Miller Degnan and Barry Jackson: Miami fired offensive coordinator Patrick Nix. He had been with the team for two years. Quarterback Robert Marve is expected to transfer, with Florida, Tennessee and Louisiana State as possible destinations.
Dirk Facer, Deseret News: Utah's Kyle Whittingham has a new contract through 2011 that will pay the coach $1.2 million a season.
Jody Demling, Louisville Courier-Journal: Backup running back Moncell Allen will not play in the Liberty Bowl for Kentucky. He is academically ineligible.
Mike Butts, Idaho Press-Tribune: Former Iowa State player Justin Eilers, 30, was shot to death on Christmas night by his stepfather after an altercation, investigators said.
Christine Des Garennes, Champaign News-Gazette: A broken water pipe left several inches of water in the Colonnades Club, the third-floor lounge and seating area inside Illinois' newly renovated Memorial Stadium.
Felix Chavez, Las Cruces Sun-News: Not only was UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker visiting New Mexico State on Monday, so was former Washington State quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach, who could become the Aggie offensive coordinator.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: South Carolina players know Iowa — most of them, anyway. "Iowa potatoes, that’s about it," South Carolina defensive tackle Nathan Pepper said. When asked if he was related to Sgt. Pepper of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club fame, Pepper didn't seem to know the reference.