Gary Baines, Boulder Daily Camera: Range-ball pickers are often the target of people hitting golf balls on the practice range. The new home course for Colorado's golf team has a range-ball picking vehicle colored red and white, with a Nebraska helmet on the roof and an "N" emblazoned on the front.
Bob Lutz, Wichita Eagle: Phil Fulmer makes it clear that he wants to coach again. "I'm looking for a place that has a chance to win a championship, a place with a winning culture like Tennessee."
Peter Simones, Daily Trojan: Everything else was there — the top-tier academics, the major city, the sunshine, the money — but he's at USC because the football stadium fills 90,000-plus seats on Saturdays in the fall and because no other university has as impressive an array of athletic accomplishments as USC does.
Randy Kennedy, Mobile Press-Register: Auburn's Gene Chizik: "We're going to build a foundation this first year. I'm not sure how many wins that will translate into right away, but we're going to build a solid foundation for the future. I know what it takes to win at Auburn because I was here when we were one of if not the best team in the nation. We've got a ways to go, but we're going to get it back to that point again."
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: If you're judging the Alabama program by the behavior of its players, take note: No players have been arrested in the last 10 months.
John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald: The Big 12 could be better than ever this fall, especially the South, where several of the top players bypassed the NFL draft and returned to school.
Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Texas' Mack Brown is sending associate athletic director Cleve Bryant to represent him at Wednesday's meeting of the Big 12 Conference coaches. The group will discuss the league's controversial tiebreaking procedure. Longhorn officials also say a home-and-home series against Minnesota that would start in 2011 has not been finalized.
Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic: Arizona State cornerback Josh Jordan recently won one of four senate seats for the College of Liberal Arts. He had endorsements from Senator Henry Reid and Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele.
Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News: San Jose State's Dick Tomey has X's and Os. His wife uses all the letters.
Bill Althaus, Blue Springs Examiner: Missouri quarterback Blaine Dalton has been indefinitely suspended from the team after being arrested, but Dalton says he did nothing wrong. According to the police report, Dalton was arrested after police allegedly found 10 pills of hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller, and alcohol in the car during a traffic stop. "I wasn't intoxicated, and I wasn't selling pills," Dalton said.
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Greg Paulus checked out Andersen Hall, Nebraska's journalism college, during his weekend visit. Paulus has expressed an interest in broadcast journalism as a possible grad school option while he plays football.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Two campus committees have split on whether a $50-per-semester fee should be imposed to help Hawaii's financially strapped athletic department.
Sal Interdonato, Times Herald-Record: Did Army coach Rich Ellerson get the idea of using 6-foot-10 junior Ali Villanueva as a receiver from Ramses Barden, his former receiver at Cal Poly.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Darius Marshall, who was Marshall's leading rusher from last season, and DeQuan Starling, a starting cornerback, have been suspended after arrests.