Don WIlliams, Lubbock Avalanche Journal: Texas Tech fans are upset with a big spike in season ticket prices. Said one fan: "But I'm a little blown away by the $110 increase in the ticket. It had been incrementally going up, but $110? ... I knew this day was coming. I'd been trying to picture what is the point at which I can't do it anymore. I'm not sure that I'm there yet, but I'm getting close. Having a coach [Mike Leach] that thinks $2.(4) million a year isn’t enough kind of makes this hard to swallow; I'll tell you that." Plus, Red Raider athletic director Gerald Myers said it’s likely that Tech and Baylor will move their 2009 game to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Tim MacMahon, Dallas Morning News: The father of former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar, on Bob Stoops: "He and I both know that Oklahoma got off light and [Rhett] didn't. "He's never sold them out and he wouldn't. They're not innocent in this deal, trust me. ... Bob Stoops comes across as 'Mr. I Did The Right Thing' and there's stuff about Bob Stoops that if right now I told people, everybody would be saying, 'What?' " But we're not gonna do that. We're not gonna go that way, and you can't win those battles anyway. It's in the past, it's gone, this is America, everybody deserves a second chance."
Nathan Summers, Daily Reflector: East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney has been granted a sixth season of eligibility.
Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami has moved three of its four nonconference games to new dates, opening the door wider for a possible Labor Day showdown at Florida State.
Gopher Sports.com: Minnesota has announced a series against USC beginning in 2010. The Golden Gophers will play host to the Trojans in 2010, with a return game in 2011 at the L.A. Coliseum.
Howard Burns, Sports Couch Potato: This year's nominees for Playboy's America's Sexiest Sportscaster: ESPN's Erin Andrews and Bonnie Bernstein, CBSSports.com's Lauren Shehadi, FSN's Charissa Thompson and Molly Sullivan of MountainWest Sports Network.
Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Texas receiver Jordan Shipley will miss spring drills after having surgery on a shoulder.
Ray Melick, Birmingham News: Former Auburn assistant James Willis, who
just joined Alabama's staff, reportedly got in a dispute with Tiger
officials over severance pay.
Alan Schmadtke, On Campus: Did Nick Saban pull a fast one, or was he duped into hiring James Willis?
Austin Meek, Topeka Capital-Journal: An expensive divorce: Philosophical differences between former Kansas State athletic director Tim Weiser and president Jon Wefald led to Weiser's departure in February 2008, triggering a chain of events that will cost the university more than $3 million.
Associated Press: Twelve members of Congress voted against or abstained from voting for a resolution commending Florida on its Bowl Championship Series title. Some opposed the resolution because of the BCS.
Paul Buker, Oregonian: Oregon State coach Mike Riley said offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf won't be going to Miami. "The story never was real,'' said Riley, shooting down the message boarders.
Christian Birch, College Football Live: Oregon State was ranked first in having the best family atmosphere among Division I-A programs. Penn State was No. 2 and Texas No. 3.
George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard: The human side of coaching. Two former Oregon assistants with deep ties to the university are trying to figure out what to do next.
Jon WIlner, College Hotline: Maybe former Stanford offensive line coach Chris Dalman really did want to "spend more time with his family."
Scott D. Pierce, Deseret News: There doesn't appear to be an urgency on the part of The mtn. to get on Dish Network.
Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Despite a disappointing 7-6 season, Wisconsin officials unanimously approved a one-year contract extension for Bret Bielema.
Dave Hooker, Knoxville News-Sentinel: E.J. Abrams-Ward and Ramone Johnson have been booted from Tennessee's team for disciplinary reason.
Randy Rosetta, Baton Rouge Advocate: Louisiana State receiver Ricky Dixon is transferring. He's thought to be headed to Texas Southern.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Trying to make sense of why two former Colorado players decided to throw it all away in a robbery that netted them less than $500.
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