Bruce Feldman, ESPN: Want to know what's wrong with recruiting? Check out this piece on Brian Butler, the mentor of Bryce Brown, a running back prospect from Wichita. Brown, who is not expected to sign until after the signing date, is turning into this year's version of Terrelle Pryor.
Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Calling the Kinnick Stadium drainage system "obsolete," the University of Iowa athletic department wants to spend $2 million to replace drainage and add synthetic turf for the 2009 season. Kinnick has had a grass field since 1986.
Mike McCall and Evan Drexler, Independent Florida Alligator: Tim Tebow or Percy Harvin? Which player is more important to the well-being of the Florida Gators?
Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: How does Gene Chizik plan to get top talent to the Plains? "We're at Auburn. I think that says it all. We're going after the best in the country — no matter when, what, where, how. That's how we're going to do it." Plus a look at the price tag for Tiger assistants.
Lisa Waananem, Student Press Law Center: Misdemeanor charges have been re-filed against a Penn State student for taking photographs for the student newspaper during a riot near campus that broke out after the Nittany Lions' victory over Ohio State last fall. Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.
Patt Morrison, KPCC: More on the concussion study. An interview
with Ann McKee, professor of neurology and pathology at Boston
University, and Chris Nowinski, author of "Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis." Audio link.
Blake Hamilton, Auburn Plainsman: Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA) introduced H.R. 599, a bill that would deny federal funds to any Division I-A team not adopting a playoff system, on the floor of the United States House of Representatives Jan. 16.
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: About 40 students, hoping to earn a spot on Nebraska's team, attended an early morning tryout.
Jesse Zentz, Idaho Statesman: Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, a defensive lineman who recently came to America from the Netherlands, has made a commitment to Boise State.
Mike Reiss, Boston Globe: Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski was named offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Andy Staples, SI.com: Manti Te'o, the hotshot linebacker recruit from Honolulu's Punahou High, has limited his recruitment to programs that will permit him to go on a two-year Mormon mission after his freshman season.
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia offensive lineman Josh Davis and defensive tackle Brandon Wood will miss spring drills, bringing the total number of injured players out for the spring to 16.
Knoxville News-Sentinel: If you don't have tickets for Tennessee's recruiting celebration next Thursday at the Knoxville Convention Center, well, you're out of luck. This marquee event is sold out.
Kevin Roderick, L.A. Observed: Deep staffing cuts at the Los Angeles Times.