Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC's Pete Carroll is the highest-paid private university employee in the U.S. in 2006-07, with a salary of $4.4 million, four times as much as university president Steven B. Sample, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. "I'm humbled by it," Carroll said of his position atop the national list.
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times: The window of opportunity for Carroll and Florida's Urban Meyer to jump to the NFL has apparently closed with the league's current trend of hiring inexperienced and relatively inexpensive coaches who can relate to players better than the high-profile leaders with the whopping price tags.
Adam Pruiett, Northwest Florida Daily News: Tim Tebow helped raise money last weekend for charities by auctioning off a package of four tickets to the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville. Tebow got $5,500 for the tickets, sealing the deal by saying: "Four tickets to come watch us beat Georgia again."
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: More trouble ahead for Hawaii's athletic department. Despite a $300,000 surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, an auditor's report showed an accumulated net deficit of $5.4 million compiled over a five-year period. Athletic director Jim Donovan has said the current fiscal year, ending June 30, may run a deficit of an additional $3 million.
Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Miami opens spring practice Tuesday with the spotlight on quarterback Jacory Harris, who becomes the full-time starter after sharing duties last season with Robert Marve. What to watch.
Mitch Sherman, Omaha World Herald: David Oku, a top running back recruit from Midwest City, Okla., transferred three months before he was scheduled to graduate. He's now enrolled at Lincoln East High in Nebraska. Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi and Syracuse are still trying to sign Oku.
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: The father of quarterback Patrick Witt said his son has decided to transfer from Nebraska because the sophomore-to-be firmly believed he wouldn’t receive a fair shake in the quarterback competition. Witt feared the coaching staff strongly favored junior-to-be Zac Lee.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Depth at running back and offensive line will likely mean that Colorado huddles more in 2009 to use multiple personnel groupings.
Bobbi Roquemore, Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist could have 18 to 31 scholarships available for 2009, depending in part on how the appeals process unfolds for nine players released from the team two weeks ago.
David Flores, San Antonio Express-News: Former Miami coach Larry Coker, Tulsa associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator Paul Randolph and Northwest Missouri coach Mel Tjeerdsma are the finalists for Texas San Antonio job.
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: So you want to quit the day job and become a recruiting analyst? It's not easy.
Daniel Lyght, Fresno Bee: Fresno State's Pat Hill has finished shuffling and adding to his staff, hiring three assistants and making a slew of staff adjustments.
Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register: Alabama has entered the Nick Montana sweepstakes. The California quarterback said he has been offered a scholarship. Florida State, Ohio State and Notre Dame, which is where his father Joe played, have also offered.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Washington State quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was arrested early Sunday and charged with being a minor showing signs of having consumed alcohol.
Mary Schenk, Champaign News-Gazette: Illinois defensive lineman Josh Brent is due back in court in April after being arraigned on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving while suspended.
Tampa Tribune: The legal troubles continue for former Florida State receiver Preston Parker. He has been charged with violating probation.
Michael Rothstein, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Notre Dame and Navy will play in 2010 in the new Meadowlands Stadium. The date of the game has yet to be set.