Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News: Former Alabama coach Mike Shula, in Mobile for Senior Bowl practice, spoke for the first time about his dismissal after the 2006 season, saying, "It's tough. It's definitely difficult. It's disappointing. You move on. There's no easy way to get fired or fire somebody. We've moved on. I don't think about those things." Nick Saban also commented on turnover on his coaching staff: "The guy that sells you the car may be not as important as the car itself. We want to have a Mercedes at our place, and that's the way it is."
Doug Smock, Charleston Gazette: Another dose of reality for those who pluck down $79 a year to have Rivals or Scout tell you who is the next Joe Superman. A look back at Marshall's recruiting class of 2004. It's a recruiting cynic's bonanza.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Now that Barack Obama is president, when can we expect a playoff in college football? Not in the foreseeable future. Plus, a look at possible adjustments to the Bowl Championship Series and a timeline of legal challenges.
NFL.com: The list of the 46 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2009 NFL Draft.
Lance Zierlein, Houston Chronicle: Senior Bowl practice notes. Defensive tackle/defensive end Mitch King of Iowa "is so good with his hands that he blew away almost every guard who tried to block him."
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC hired Denver Broncos assistant Jeremy Bates as assistant head coach for offense. Bates will also call plays. He replaces Carl Smith, who was named to the position on Jan. 6 but had yet to start work. Smith was set to join the Cleveland Browns as quarterbacks coach.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Former Syracuse coach Greg Robinson has a new job. He's the defensive coordinator at Michigan.
Bill Haisten, Tulsa World: Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant underwent surgery on his left knee to repair a tear of a small ligament. Bryant suffered the injury in the Holiday Bowl and will likely sit out spring practice.
Oklahoman: Oklahoma State has hired Bill Young as defensive coordinator. He spent the past season as defensive coordinator at Miami.
Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star: Get ready for a heavy dose of Chase Daniel on ESPN Thursday.
Dave Krieger, Rocky Mountain News: Your mythical national champion is ... Texas!
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Brigham Young's Bronco Mendenhall says his undisclosed compensation is "adequate."
J. David, The Sports Union: Which NFL teams might be interested in drafting Mark Sanchez? There are really only two.
Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune: Is all the turnover on Utah's staff a reason for concern?
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Arizona State, which increased its ticket prices for 2009, says it won't be bumping them in 2010.
Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun: Perhaps there is hope for frustrated sportswriters. Tennessee Martin receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jay Graham worked briefly as a sportswriter before becoming a coach.
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