Austin Meek, Topeka Capital-Journal: Brian Butler, the controversial "adviser" to running back Bryce Brown, says he has been in contact with former Oregon quarterback/receiver Chris Harper and former Minnesota receiver Brodrick Smith. The players have expressed an interest in transferring to Kansas State. Thanks to College Football Talk.
Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: Powerful Auburn trustee Bobby Lowder is leaving his day job. Colonial BancGroup announced that Lowder is retiring from the bank he founded. Lowder, 67, has been a major contributor to his school. He will remain an Auburn trustee.
Conquest Chronicles: Yahoo! Sports reporters Jason Cole and Charles Robinson, who have been chronicling the NCAA's investigation of USC, refuse a request for an interview.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Department of Arrogant: American Football Coaches Association director Grant Teaff, after being told by a reporter that making the coaches poll secret might be a mistake. "That's your opinion." Told to expect a lot of blowback, Teaff responded "let 'er rip."
Associated Press: Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin announced they will stop printing media guides immediately. The information will be available on the Internet.
Ann Arbor News: Michigan continued to beef up its nonconference schedule, adding games against Massachusetts and Bowling Green in 2010.
Ted Miller, ESPN.com: Pacific 10 coaches voted 6-4 against round-robin scheduling, possibly clearing the way for the addition of another nonconference (cupcake?) game.
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Two new video screens have been installed in Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.
J.P. Giglio, ACC Now: North Carolina State is set to open the 2012 season against Tennessee in Atlanta. North Carolina is trying to work a deal to open the 2010 season in the Georgia Dome against a Southeastern Conference team.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: For the record, he really likes Minnesota. Why? Iowa and Minnesota need to team up and go after Wisconsin.
Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Alabama's Nick Saban defends his hiring of former Virginia offensive coordinator Mike Groh as a graduate assistant. "He's going to graduate school," Saban said.
Tony Dobies, Daily Athenaeum: There is no dropoff in season ticket sales for West Virginia.
Addicted to Quack: The latest installment of the blogosphere attacking old media.
Bob Flounders, Patriot-News: Penn State is a few players short of a national title run.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: The natural grass surface is being replaced at Central Florida's Bright House Networks Stadium.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Former Colorado receiver Kendrick Celestine is hoping to make a comeback with the Buffaloes after quitting the team last fall and leaving the school academically ineligible.
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette: Defensive end Reggie Ellis has asked for his release and plans to transfer from Illinois.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg counts them down. A look at No. 96 Duke.
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