Tim Stephens, College Gridiron 365: Alabama will spend more ($6.5 million) on 10 coaches this fall than 32 non-Bowl Championship Series teams spent on their entire programs in 2007-08. The numbers demonstrate a gap that seems likely to grow wider in this flailing economy. The rich might not necessarily get richer, but the poor will undoubtedly grow poorer.
Andrew Logue and Erin Jordan, Des Moines Register: Three Iowa players, including the son of coach Kirk Ferentz, were arrested for public intoxication. James Ferentz was cited last October for possession of alcohol by a minor. At least 25 Hawkeye players are known to have been charged or ticketed by police since April 2007.
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Quarterback Jack Elway, son of NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, is leaving the Arizona State program but remaining in school as a student. "He's just tired of football and wants to do something else with his life," coach Dennis Erickson said.
Pete Pelegrin, Miami Herald: FIorida International athletic director Pete Garcia was reprimanded by president Modesto Maidique after a university investigation revealed allegations of "unprofessional management and poor leadership style, misuse of state resources [and] hostile work environment."
Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: Urban Meyer didn't rule out that former receiver Percy Harvin failed a drug test while at Florida. "I'm not going to talk about guys — stuff like that," Meyer said.
Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Notre Dame's Crewcut Charlie Weis says all is now well between himself and ESPN and that the air has now been cleared. "Everyone kind of knows my personal feelings that I had toward that organization and I think we kind of cleared the air with that organization, without going into details, we kind of cleared the air some to kind of move forward. They came in and wanted to clear the air and that was kind of the end of that process of clearing the air."
Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Could it be that Lane Kiffin really knows what he's doing? His first recruiting class just passed Florida in the Rivals rankings.
Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times: The UCLA quarterback job appears to be Kevin Prince's to lose.
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: Even though it lost several starters, USC's defense has not lost much, if any, speed.
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: USC has been contacted by Utah receiver-safety Siaki Cravens about the possibility of transferring. Cravens redshirted last season for the Utes but will not be returning to Utah.
Tony Castleberry, Daily Reflector: Lou "Granny" Holtz, speaking at a coaching clinic at East Carolina, on his career at ESPN: "You look at me, 5-foot-10, 152 pounds, I have a lisp. I have a physique, it appears like I've been afflicted with scurvy. I was in the lower half of my high school class. I mean, I have no ingredients for TV, but everybody needs something to do."
Brian Heyman, New York Times: Has Army finally found the right man in Rich Ellerson to lead the downtrodden program back to respectability?
Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: The era of the spread offense has arrived at Syracuse.
Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Alabama's Nick Saban injured a middle finger during a noontime basketball game.
Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: Auburn's spring scrimmage has a sponsor. The U.S. Navy has grabbed the naming rights.
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Purdue quarterback Justin Siller was dismissed from school through the 2009-10 academic year for a violation of university academic policy. Sizing up the Boilermaker quarterbacks after Siller's departure.
Ira Schoffel, Miami Herald: Hours after catching three passes in Florida State's spring scrimmage, senior receiver Rod Owens was arrested near campus Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence. He was suspended indefinitely. Receiver Corey Surrency was also denied an extra year of eligibility.
Evan Woodbery, Mobile Press-Register: Tony Jones, a cornerback who started two games last season for Louisiana State, has been granted his release and hopes to transfer to Auburn.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Twenty years after his death, Sal Aunese remains an influence on the Colorado program.
Maize N Brew: The death of the print media and the birth of the new blogosphere. Interesting read. Check it out.
National Public Radio: Cash-strapped newspapers are turning to what once were their fiercest competitors to help stay alive — by sharing content and reporters. Editors at newspapers from Texas to Ohio explain how they share content while keeping their own identities, and about how these agreements affect readers.