Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: An unofficial Auburn representative has reached out to people close to Arkansas' Bobby Petrino and Texas Tech's Mike Leach to gauge their interest in succeeding Tommy Tuberville if the school decides to fire him, a source familiar with the contacts told the newspaper.
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance says the university will do what it can to retain Leach, who arrived in Seattle late Monday night to interview for the opening at Washington.
Dirk Facer, Deseret News: Utah defensive coordinator Gary Anderson is expected to be named the new coach at Utah State, replacing Brent Guy. He has been the Utes' defensive coordinator since 2005 and is a finalist for the 2008 Broyles Award, which honors the nation's top assistant coach.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Charlie Weis' return makes it official: There's a double standard at Notre Dame.
Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Joe Paterno is back at work. A Penn State spokesman said Paterno, 81, attended a team meeting Sunday evening, a week after undergoing hip-replacement surgery.
Tim MacMahon, Dallas Morning News: If Oklahoma and Texas were to play again, the Sooners would be six-point favorites, according to a Las Vegas oddsmaker.
Drew Edwards, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee has taken steps to ensure Lane Kiffin's staff complies with a university policy that prohibits employees from directly supervising family members. David Reaves, who is Kiffin’s brother-in-law, has already joined the staff. That hire, as well as reports that Kiffin’s father, Monte Kiffin, could join the staff, prompted some to question how those hires would comply with Tennessee's policy on nepotism.
John Canzano, Oregonian: What's really behind Oregon's rushed move to make Chip Kelly it's coach in waiting?
Lenny Jurado, El Paso Times: Texas El Paso is considering allowing defensive tackle Andre Jones a chance to resume his playing career. The former Texas recruit was charged in August 2007 with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He pleaded guilty in June and accepted 10 years deferred adjudication. He also was struck by a car in September and tore three knee ligaments. Thanks to Sports By Brooks.
Rich Hammond, L.A. Daily News: The NCAA altered its rule regarding visiting teams not wearing white jerseys, meaning USC will lose only one in timeout on Saturday when it plays at UCLA. The Bruins' Rick Neuheisel has agreed to burn one of his timeouts to create an equal playing field.
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: Receiver Vidal Hazelton, USC's leading receiver in 2007 but a seldom used reserve this season, requested and received his release to transfer to another team.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe said he will not petition the NFL's draft advisory council and is definitely returning for his senior season.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State has hired Parker Executive Search of Atlanta to assist its hunt for a new coach.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist. America's most-craved college football roundup.
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska has agreed to a three-game series with Wyoming, with the first game taking place in 2011.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati defensive end Lamonte Nelms, who was arrested over the weekend an charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, will make the trip to Hawaii but coach Brian Kelly said he hasn’t decided yet if Nelms will play Saturday.