Tim May, Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said his department, with a budget of $115 million, is likely headed for a loss this fiscal year. The athletic department will recommend a $1 per ticket increase for football and basketball for the 2009-2010 year.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: Marshall and a former compliance director announced and out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit, avoiding a possibly embarrassing court proceeding for the university and former coach Bobby Pruett. Pruett, as well as former Marshall coach Jim Donnan, were implicated in depositions taken for the lawsuit alleging improper benefits for non-qualifiers and academic fraud stretching as far back as 1990.
Mitch Sherman, Omaha World-Herald: A Pennsylvania prep coach is upset that Nebraska pulled a scholarship offer to linebacker Shawn Bodtmann, one of his players. "When he committed to Nebraska, the type of people we are, we commit," West Scranton High coach Mike DeAntona said. "We stopped his recruiting. He had other options then, but now we are in a tough spot. This is very disappointing, and to me it's unethical, particularly to do it to a kid who's been committed that long."
Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Receiver Preston Parker, voted by his coaches as the Florida State offensive MVP during the 2007 season, has been dismissed from the team after a weekend arrest.
Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: The father of Robert Marve says the former Miami quarterback could still end up at Florida.
Matt Hinton, Dr. Saturday: Updating those anti-Bowl Championship Series bills in Congress.
Steve Kelley, Seattle Times: Washington fans are wary and still weary from the all the tricks of Slick Rick Neuheisel, who always seemed like he was a violation waiting to happen. His program was full of miscreants and misdemeanors, so it's doubly important for Steve Sarkisian to run a clean program.
Tim Booth, Associated Press: Summer camps remain the key to recruiting. "You can watch tape, watch all their games, and then get there and watch them play in front of you for a half hour and get more out of that than watching 10 games on tape," Boise State's Chris Petersen said.
Jon Wilner, College Sports Hotline: Because it's important for poll accountability, a look back at how his preseason AP ballot compared to the final poll.
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Has Utah passed Brigham Young as the school of choice for most football standouts in the state?
Tim Stevens, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien and his staff don't care what the recruiting "experts" have to say. "As long as we're meeting our needs with players that meet our criteria, we'll be pleased with the group," said Jerry Petercuskie, the Wolfpack recruiting coordinator.
Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: The list of invitees to the NFL scouting combine, scheduled for Feb. 18-24 in Indianapolis.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Don't expect to see any quarterbacks on Cincinnati's list of recruits. Brian Kelley, who was forced to use five quarterbacks last season, says, "We've got enough quarterbacks."
Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal: The slow, plodding Big Ten? How do you explain Plaxico Burress (Michigan State) and Santonio Holmes (Ohio State) making the winning touchdown catches in the last two Super Bowls?
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette: Did turnover on the staff hurt Illinois' recruiting efforts?
Lya Wodraska, Salt Lake Tribune: Another recruiting party is sold out, this one at Utah.
Trae Thompson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Recruiting's best of the best.
Todd A. Sponsler, 50-Yard Line: Punsutawney Joe appeared this morning and saw his shadow. Legend says that means three more years of Joe Paterno football!
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