Ray Melick, Birmingham News: So who is the head coach at Tennessee? Is it Lane Kiffin, or his dad, Monte?
Rodney McKissic, Buffalo News: Jimmy Williams is out as Buffalo's defensive coordinator. He reportedly had philosophical differences with coach Turner Gill. Williams is being replaced by defensive backs coach Fred Reed.
Clark Hoyt, New York Times: The newspaper's public editor examines the Jamarkus McFarland story. The Lufkin, Texas defensive tackle selected Oklahoma over Texas. McFarland's mother said her son has been the target of racial slurs from angry Longhorn supporters and she defended Thayer Evans's story. "An article was written, and I was very well pleased with it, and that's that," she said. Link to the McFarland story.
Awful Announcing: Peter Liguori of Fox comments on the network losing the Bowl Championship Series to ESPN. "I think it's something that the whole industry should be looking at. At some point, these leagues should be looking at what happens to their ratings when they go to ESPN. The fact that they're promoted on a sports channel that is dedicated to rabid sports fans is ultimately not the best thing, in my opinion, for the leagues."
Alan Schmadtke, On Campus: The storm clouds continue to gather around Central Florida's George O'Leary, but the coach says he's not going anywhere soon.
Matt Hinton, Dr. Saturday: Has the adoption of the spread offense reached an apex?
Trae Thompson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Nine bowl-eligible teams were ranked among the top 50 universities by U.S. News & World Report, led by Northwestern (12th), Vanderbilt (18th) and USC (27th).
Moon Dog Sports: Division I-A teams continue to avoid each other in nonconference play. There is only a handful of juicy out-of-league games scheduled for 2009.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Former USC receiver Vidal Hazelton made it official, announcing his transfer to Cincinnati. He plans to enroll in March.