Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer: Raymond Lesniak, a New Jersey state senator, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Justice Department that seeks to overturn a U.S. ban on sports betting. Sports betting is legal in Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Only Nevada and Montana currently offer it and Delaware is looking to add sports betting in time for the 2009 NFL season.
Barry Jackson, Miami Herald: Florida has rejected another pitch from Miami for more frequent games. After playing last fall in Gainesville, the teams do not meet again until 2013 in Miami. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley denied a report the Gators wanted out of the 2013 game. ... Miami also announced it will not play Florida International in any revenue sport anytime soon — a result of the 2006 brawl between the teams.
Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: Kellen Lewis, who was Indiana's quarterback the past three seasons, has been moved to receiver. Ben Chappell is the new starter.
Todd Porter, Canton Repository: Is Ohio State's Jim Tressel considering some variation of a Wildcat offense or even more work with the pistol formation in an effort to make quarterback Terrelle Pryor more comfortable? "You have to figure out what your guys do best," Tressel said.
Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: New Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, a member of Mensa International, promises the Cyclones' attack will be "spread out and up-tempo."
Evan Woodbery, Mobile Press-Register: Gene Chizik will hang a whistle around his neck and be a coach — not a recruiter, staff-builder or handshaker — when Auburn opens spring drills Tuesday.
Ken Goe, Oregonian: Could the Pacific 10 Conference rethink its bowl alliances after the 2009 season? It won't be easy.
Christopher Walsh, Tuscaloosa News: Alabama's Nick Saban is upset with his team after it returned from spring break. "If this team thinks it's arrived, we have lots of problems. I'm not pleased where we are."
Jon Nyatawa, Omaha World-Herald: Charges of minor consumption and disturbing the peace against Nebraska tight end Ben Cotton, son of Cornhusker offensive line coach Barney Cotton, have been dismissed.
Tommy Bowman, Winston-Salem Journal: Linebacker Aaron Curry of Wake Forest, who could be the top selection in the NFL draft, worked out in front of 41 scouts as well as a contingent of curious observers who lined the wall near the entrance of the Demon Deacons' practice field.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Michigan's Rich Rodriguez becomes the fourth coach (that we know of) to join Twitter, following Pete Carroll, Steve Sarkisian and David Cutcliffe. He also has a Facebook page.
Ann Arbor News: The 45,000-circulation newspaper, which has published since 1835, will close in July. In its place, a new web-based media company called AnnArbor.com LLC will be launched later this year.