Oregonian: Oregon announced that incoming athletic director and outgoing head coach Mike Bellotti will serve as an assistant coach during spring practices. Bellotti, who will begin his new administrative role in the athletic department on July 1, will serve as quarterbacks coach during the Ducks' 15 practices.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Steve Sarkisian promises that every second of Washington's 15 spring workouts will be open to the public. "I want our kids used to performing in front of people. Because the last thing I want is for us to be enclosed and it's quiet and we are just out there with ourselves. And then we show up to play LSU and there are 73,000 people here and our kids are looking up in the stands like, 'Oh my gosh, they are here to watch me, to watch us.' And now they are worried about the people in the stands watching instead of what's important, and that's the game."
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Bo Pelini got a 68% bump in pay that makes him the highest-paid coach in Nebraska history. His annual sum of $1.851 million appears to rank seventh in the Big 12, slightly more than the salary of Kansas State's Bill Snyder.
Cliff Kirkpatrick, Corvallis Gazette-Times: Oregon State senior running back Jeremy Francis has left the team. Francis missed the winter term to go home to Winter Park, Fla., so he could help his mother recover from heart surgery.
Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A bunch of Southeastern Conference teams held scrimmages last weekend, and here are five things to ponder.
Mike McCall, Miami Herald: Florida has been running plays from the I-formation, with Tim Tebow under center, but Urban Meyer says it's not going very well. ''That I-package, I'm not sure how long that will be sticking around here,'' he said.
Tim Griffin, ESPN: Questions about the tickets prices for the Texas A&M-Arkansas game at the Cowboys new $1.2 billion stadium have persisted in College Station, with Aggie coach Mike Sherman defending the top price of $300.
Ian Rapoport, Birmingham News: Alabama's Board of Trustees approved $2.685 in salaries for the Alabama staff.
Bobbi Roquemore, Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist started spring practice with a new look on defense. The Mustangs will run a 3-4 defense, with the extra linebacker added for speed.
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: If Brigham Young fans are upset about having no spring game this year, they aren't passing their feeling on to coach Bronco Mendenhall.
Heisman Pundit: From a team standpoint, spring football makes little sense.
Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib has been named Syracuse's starting quarterback.
Bruins Nation: Quarterback Chris Forcier has been given his release and is transferring from UCLA.
Sports Media Watch: ESPN and YouTube have agreed on a deal to create an ad-supported, ESPN-branded channel on the video sharing site. The channel, which will feature short-form content and "incorporate the sports net's video player," will launch in April.
Associated Press: A trial date is scheduled for June 8 for the daughter of former Iowa State coach Dan McCarney. Jillian McCarney is accused of assaulting a peace officer.
Lake The Posts: Northwestern announced that there will be no increase in ticket prices.