Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado recently discontinued a recruiting practice that involved sending prospects a small pizza box filled with a pile of hundreds of business cards designed to resemble $100 and $500 bills. A message inside the box told recruits the money totaled $333,000, equal to the value of an education at Colorado.
Billy Witz, New York Times: If the number of underclassmen filing for entry into the NFL draft holds at 41, it will be the second-fewest underclassmen available for the draft in the last eight years. In 2007, there were 40.
Associated Press: The NCAA will move ahead with plans to create an Academic Progress Report for coaches, one that could be posted on the Internet for all to see by summer of 2010.
Mark Bowden, The Atlantic: The hardest job in football. A look at the enormous human and technological resources that go into the television production of a game. Thanks to Tom Kirkendall.
Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Enough star power returns, especially at quarterback, for Big 12 teams to have another banner year in 2009.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has fired offensive coordinator Greg Gregory. He is the first assistant Leavitt has fired in 12 seasons at South Florida.
Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: Former North Texas starting quarterback Matt Vizza has transferred to Texas A&M.
Brian Dohn, Los Angeles Daily News: Former NFL and UCLA standout Carnell Lake is mulling an offer to join the Bruin staff.
Chloe White, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee officials are discussing how the athletic departments could increase efficiency and possibly generate more funding for academics as the UT system grapples with a projected state funding shortfall of at least $66 million.
Detroit News: Michigan's Rich Rodriguez said he has made "some progress" in the team's search for a new defensive coordinator but would not elaborate.
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: If you were planning on attending the Joe Tiller Roast and Toast and don't have a ticket, you're out of luck. The event is sold out.
Marc Narducci, Philadelphia Inquirer: Former Penn State player Adam Taliaferro, who suffered a horrific spinal injury in a 2000 game against Ohio State, is being honored by Philadelphia-area sportswriters.
The Onion: A look at Tim Tebow from the strongside/weakside.
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