Steven Greenhouse, New York Times: Michigan became the latest university to end a licensing deal with apparel maker Russell Corporation. The move comes after the company decided to close a factory in Honduras, where 750 of the 1,800 employed recently voted to join a union. Michigan said Russell's move violated the university's code of conduct calling on licensees to guarantee the basic rights of workers. Duke, Georgetown, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Washington are among several other universities that have curtailed agreements with Russell.
Matt Woolsey, Forbes Magazine: Ann Arbor, Mich., has been named the magazine's top college sports city, based on competitive success of university teams, the NACDA Director's Cup standings, real estate value and quality of life. The rest of the top 10: Palo Alto, Calif., Madison, Wis., State College, Pa., Lexington, Ky., Fayetteville, Ark., Chapel Hill, N.C., Columbia, Mo., Charlottesville, Va., Bloomington, Ind.
Michelle Smith, San Francisco Chronicle: Stanford, which opened spring drills on Tuesday, is looking to find stability at quarterback and replace a handful of starters on defense. Plus, a look at spring dates for all Division I-A teams from College Football News.
Alan Jones, Daily Evergreen: Details have emerged about the arrest of Washington State quarterback Marshall Lobbestael over the weekend. He was found passed out in a Dodge pickup parked in front of the Pullman police department. "He was slumped over with a grocery bag of vomit between his feet," police commander Chris Tennant said.
Sal Interdonato, Times Herald-Record: Army officials explain why the alternative service option, which allowed cadets with special talents to pursue professional sports, was suspended. Another service academy protested, saying the policy gave Army an unfair advantage.
Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal: The Big Ten is talking about adding a ninth conference game, but the idea doesn't add up.
Tyler Dunne, Daily Orange: Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones, the best defensive player on the team, will have surgery next week to repair a torn pectoralis muscle. The injury occurred while Jones was lifting weights on Monday.
David Brandt, Clarion Ledger: Mississippi is still looking to add a 12th game to its 2009 schedule.
Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger: Rutgers coach Greg Schiano explains why he decided to relinquish his duties as defensive coordinator, a responsibility he has held since 2005.
FanBlogs: The Best East is still trying to find its identity within the brotherhood of college football conferences.
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii is exploring the possibility of staging a scrimmage at Maui's War Memorial Stadium in April.
Wright Thompson, ESPN.com: This is highly recommended. The integration battle in the state of Mississippi and it's lasting effect on the Ole Miss football program.