Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel: Florida State has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on consulting and attorney fees relating to the university's on-going academic fraud case. This comes while the university is facing an unparalleled budget crisis. Florida State is expecting to lose tens of millions of dollars in funding from the state, and could lose as much as $50 million — or more — depending on the budget that passes through the state Legislature.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: Penn State has been fined by the Rose Bowl for not opening the locker room to media after the Jan. 1 game against USC. Coach Joe Paterno was found to be in violation of the game contract between the school and the Tournament of Roses committee. A dollar amount has not been decided.
Alan Schmadtke, College Gridiron 365: There are now seven Bowl Championship Series teams with two games against Division I-AA opponents this fall. Rutgers, which already had a game against Howard, just added Texas Southern.
Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Defensive tackle Lamar Middleton, who worked with the first-team unit most of the spring, is gone from the Syracuse team. He is the seventh player to leave since Doug Marrone was named coach.
Frank X. Mullen Jr., Reno Gazette-Journal: Critics suggest the current economic turmoil is a good time to reconsider the value of Nevada's participation in big-time college athletics.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: BCS commissioners are meeting this week in Pasadena, but the group is not expected to produce major headlines.
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson has talked with former Duke point guard Greg Paulus, who is looking to play one season as quarterback. Paulus reportedly will visit Syracuse this weekend.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: All signs point toward former Michigan receiver Toney Clemons transferring to Colorado.
Doug Haller, Arizona Republic: A scheduling conflict has developed between the NFL and the Fiesta Bowl. The league scheduled a home game for the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 3, a day before the Fiesta Bowl. The postseason event has a contract with the Cardinals that says the NFL team can't play a home game within two days of the bowl.
Cliff Kirkpatrick, Corvallis Gazette-Times: Although Oregon State has cut 5% of its academic budget, or about 13.4 million, the athletic department continues to grow. Only football and basketball make money and plans call for more increases in athletics spending.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Seven of the nine assistants on Washington staff last season have found jobs. Tyrone Willingham has moved to the Bay Area and remains out of work.
Chloe White, Knoxville News-Sentinel: The state comptroller released a state audit of the University of Tennessee showing the Advancement Services office and Athletic Department overstated pledges by $6.4 million. The comptroller recommended tighter internal controls on handling of donors' checks.
Jeffrey Martin, Kansas City Star: Kansas State's Bill Snyder remains a stickler for details. Asked how long practice lasts, he casually replied, "Well, normally, two hours and 47 minutes."
Scott Wright, Oklahoman: An argument with an ex-girlfriend triggered a chain of events that has Bo Bowling facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges and an uncertain future with the Oklahoma State team.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Wake Forest backup quarterback Brett Hodges is transferring to Central Florida and will seek a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play this fall.
Associated Press: " 'Partying,' 'drinking,' and 'getting wasted' do not qualify as real hobbies or interests," according to an Oklahoma policy for athletes' use of social networking sites.
EDSBS: Listeners tuning in for the Internet broadcast of Saturday's Southern Mississippi spring scrimmage got quite the surprise.
Steve Silver, Las Vegas Sun: Oklahoma signee Justin Chaisson, who faces criminal charges, had a restraining order charge dropped because no representative for the plaintiff (ex-girlfriend) showed.
Joseph Person, Columbia State: A federal appeals court has denied the appeal of former South Carolina player Moe Thompson, who unsuccessfully sued the university two years ago.
Penn State Clips: Penn State linebacker Navarro Bowman, who is already on probation for disorderly conduct, could be facing more trouble.
Associated Press: Former Louisiana State receiver Demetrius Byrd was in critical but stable condition Monday after a car accident in Miami
Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: A look at Doc Blanchard, the 1945 Heisman winner who died Sunday at age 84.