Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News: Does Lisa Salters owe Joe Paterno an apology? The ABC sideline reporter was snubbed for a pregame interview by the Penn State coach and neither she or the network was happy about it.
Bob Flounders, Harrisburg Patriot-News: Paterno's day-after-bowl news conference was glum from the start, then the 82-year-old coach's spirits picked up quickly when Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson paid a visit.
Associated Press: A terrific start to 2009 for Bob Stoops. A clause in his contract called for a $3 million bonus for being Oklahoma's coach on Jan. 1.
Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Texas' Mack Brown is set to make well over $1 million in bonuses this month, according to the contract he agreed to in August 2007.
Brad Rock, Deseret News: A tarot card reader likes Utah's chances of victory in the Sugar Bowl.
Sarah Thomas, Deseret News: It's being called the "bus ride from hell." Seventy Utah fans traveled 38 hours by bus to see the team play Alabama.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Putting perspective on the Pacific 10's 5-0 bowl record. If you dig a little deeper and examine the matchups, a bit of luster comes off the Pac-10’s bowl performance.
Jeffrey Martin, Kansas City Star: Quarterback Josh Freeman is leaving Kansas State a year early to chase his NFL dream.
Sports Journalists: Several scribes covering the Rose Bowl suffered from food poisoning before the game.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Not a good warmup for the BCS title game. The Internet connection in the Dolphin Stadium press box was called "horrible."
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: When defensive coordinator Will Muschamp eventually becomes the head coach at Texas, his salary will start at $2 million.
Jonathan Okanes, Contra Costa Times: Jeff Tedford has a two-year contract extension, but will it finally silence the seemingly endless speculation that he ultimately will wind up somewhere else?
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: With a Big Ten team once again unable to keep up with a Pacific 10 counterpart, maybe it's time the Rose Bowl rethink this Pacific 10-Big Ten marriage.
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: A tough loss for Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl, not because it should have defeated Georgia, but because it had a chance to accelerate Mark Dantonio's growing program. Instead, it settled for this statement: Pretty good team, headed in an upward direction.
Mike Perrin, Birmingham News: Terry Bowden, saying "I've known in my heart that it was meant that I come back into coaching," has taken over the program at Division I-AA North Alabama.
Ron Morris, Columbia State: Just when you thought South Carolina could not further embarrass itself in front of a national television audience, it did just that Thursday in the Outback Bowl.
Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is expected to become defensive coordinator at Clemson.
Winston-Salem Journal: A last-fan-sitting contest at Wake Forest. The winner gets seats of his or her choice for up to 15 years, a prize worth about $22,000.
Mike Triplett and James Varney, Times-Picayune: New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is said to be relieved that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is leaving the team to become an assistant at Tennessee.
Bobbi Roquemore, Dallas Morning News: Former Miami running back Shawnbrey McNeal will transfer to Southern Methodist.
Jeff Carroll, South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame's Charlie Weis needs to continue to call plays in 2009. And he should call plays from the press box.
Kansas City Star: Three teens have been arrested in a year-old theft of four bags of parking money collected during a Missouri game in Columbia.
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