John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel: The daily Lane Kiffin update: Did the Tennessee coach, upset after a driver was 25 minutes late picking him up at the airport, turn around and fire a member of the support staff? Athletic director Mike Hamilton says no. Link to SI article with Kiffin saying, "I came back and within five minutes I'd fired the guy who was in charge of the guy who'd been sent to pick me up."
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Did Missouri get two other games televised by ESPN in exchange for agreeing to play Nebraska on a Thursday night?
Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Notre Dame's news offensive coordinator is ... Charlie Weis, who also says he might continue to coach from the press box.
Todd A. Sponsler, 50-Yard Line: Former Louisville quarterback Matt Simms reportedly will play for California's El Camino Community College in 2009, then hopefully transfer to Oklahoma or Penn State.
Matt Murschel, On Campus: Does Nick Saban top the list of the most-hated coaches? Also on the list: Steve Spurrier, Pete Carroll, Urban Meyer, Rich Rodriguez, Dennis Erickson and Weis.
Heisman Pundit: Some thoughts on recruiting — specificially "soft commits" — from Lannie Julias. "To this day, I can’t understand that term. That's like saying you can be married but still want to date."
Andrew Carroll, Tuscaloosa News: The eligibility status of Chris Smelley, the former South Carolina quarterback who transferred to Alabama to play baseball, is uncertain.
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette: The bad economic news has forced good economic news for fans of West Virginia and Marshall. There won't be a price hike for tickets.
Dave Hooker, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Former Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen talks about mentoring quarterback prospects Nick Montana (son of Joe) and Trevor Gretzky (son of Wayne).
Bobbi Roquemore, Dallas Morning News: Defensive end Jordan Johnson, one of nine Southern Methodist players who had his scholarship revoked, said he had no previous issues that warranted losing his scholarship.
Evan Woodbery, Mobile Press-Register: Auburn's Gene Chizik fired up the women's basketball team with a pregame speech before Thursday night's game against Kentucky. The Tigers responded with an 81-69 victory.
Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News: An early look at ABC/ESPN's prime time broadcast schedule for the upcoming season.
Curtis Lum, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii reserve cornerback JoPierre Davis was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a woman and beating of that woman and a man. The alleged assault took place on the morning after the Warriors lost a home game to San Jose State. Davis remains jailed and has been suspended from the team.
Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Kirk Ferentz's response to recruiters who told high school kids that he was leaving Iowa to go to the NFL: “My answer to that one was . . . All you have to do is bring it up and ask that coach how long he has been at that school. Outside of Penn State, I'll give you that one. They have us, but outside of that, there aren't many schools nationally that have coaches at the same school as long as we've had."
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Former South Florida offensive coordinator Greg Gregory gives an exit interview, saying once he was demoted, it was time to move on.
Ted Lewis, Times-Picayune: Tulane and Mississippi will resume their rivalry with a four-game home-and-home series starting with a Sept. 11, 2010 game in the Superdome. Louisiana State also might be looking to back out of future games against the Green Wave.
Howie Stalwich, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Gary Rogers, who started the first two games of the 2008 season at quarterback for Washington State, has given up football. He suffered a season-ending spinal fracture in the fourth game against Portland State.
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Purdue defensive back Torri Williams has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
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