John Rodgers, WCTV: Florida State boosters are paying more than $220,000 for the school to appeal sanctions handed down by the NCAA, including the forfeiture of 14 victories from Bobby Bowden's record. "I think Joe Paterno's probably got somebody on the staff at the NCAA," joked booster Anthony Atkins. Thanks to Ben Maller.
Michael Rothfeld, Los Angeles Times: California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell the L.A. Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans, to raise cash amid the state's growing fiscal crisis.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Michigan opponent Delaware State will technically enter the season with a loss because the Division I-AA Hornets were forced to default on a game with North Carolina A&T on Oct. 17, the same date they will play the Wolverines.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: The ignorance of sickle cell trait continues. Five of the 10 deaths in Division I-A have been attributed to the condition. There have been seven deaths (out of 19 non-traumatic deaths total) because of sickle cell trait at all divisions since 2000.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State is the only Big 12 South team without a game in the recruiting hotbed of Dallas, but athletic director Mike Holder is working overtime to schedule a neutral-site game.
Andrea Adelson, Orlando Sentinel: Florida's Urban Meyer is lashing out at former players who criticize the program. One of Meyer's targets appears to be radio host Shane Matthews, a former Gator quarterback.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve is considering walking on at Tennessee instead of accepting a scholarship to Purdue or South Florida.
Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus will announce his plans Thursday. It could be a resumption of his football career at either Nebraska and Syracuse, or back to basketball either as a player overseas or as a coach in this country. Update: It's Syracuse.
Sergio Bichao, East Brunswick Home News Tribune: As New Jersey lawmakers prepare to act on a proposed state budget that would slash aid to higher education, Rutgers released a report touting the institution's impact on the state economy and how much its alumni pay in state and local taxes.
Associated Press: Atlantic Coast Conference officials voted to trim travel squads to 72 players to reduce costs. The rule will not apply to nonconference games.
John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Should Lane Kiffin apologize to the fine citizens of Pahokee, Fla? Yes, but instead of a personal appearance, he should send out postcards.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Cory Mackay, the Washington State freshman who was seriously injured in a pickup-truck accident a week ago, is out of intensive care.
Kevin Gorman, Tribune-Review: Senior linebacker Adam Gunn has been suspended from Pittsburgh's team after an arrest following an altercation with police officers outside a nightclub.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: The Washington athletic department announced it will eliminate 13 positions as it continues cuts to counter an expected $2.8 million shortfall projected for the next academic year. Plus, former Washington, Notre Dame and Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham is still looking for work. He reportedly was unable to reach an agreement with San Francisco of the new United Football League.
Associated Press: Freshman quarterback Emmanuel Yeager, the star of coach Mike Locksley's first recruiting class at New Mexico, is leaving school because of an undisclosed family issue.
Nate Maczuzak, Martinsburg Journal: Former Alabama kicker Corey Smith is transferring to West Virginia.
Wes Rucker, Chattanooga Times Free Press: Something called Jose Jose has made a commitment to Tennessee.
Loser With Socks: Somebody else got the award, but Losers With Socks got the scoop.