Knight Commission: The commission urged college leaders to consider innovative solutions to address the fiscal health of college sports. Athletic expenses are growing at two to three times the rate of total spending for universities. Only six Division I-A departments had positive net revenues for each of the past five years, according to an NCAA study. The study also debunked the myth that high coaches salaries are connected to increased winning percentages.
Scott Dochtermann, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa was under budget by about $130,000 for its trip to the Outback Bowl. This despite failing to sell nearly 2,300 tickets that cost the athletic department almost $150,000.
Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Former Texas lineman Austin Sendlein has found his long-lost Rose Bowl ring from the 2004 season. It's up for bids on eBay. The identity of the owner of a second Rose Bowl ring — the one commemorating Texas' national championship in 2005 — is unclear.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: The Hawaii athletic department has asked the Aloha Stadium Authority to consider some form of financial relief, including a "profit-sharing" plan under which the school might receive a portion of the revenue its football games help generate.
Bitter Lawyer: Texas Tech's Mike Leach touches on a variety of subjects, from Congress spending taxpayer money on discussing college football's postseason to his idea of cutting the regular season to 10 games and creating a 64-team playoff.
Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel: Atlantic Coast Conference coaches are again pushing for an early signing date.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado fans are upset with changes made to game-day parking on campus.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Whether Notre Dame is very good, mediocre or lousy could impact the Pacific 10 race and bowl picture given that the Irish play 40% of the teams (Washington, Washington State, Stanford and USC).
Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post: The principal of Pahokee High in Florida won't allow Tennessee coaches on campus until Lane Kiffin publicly apologizes for comments made about the school earlier this year.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Another three-way tie in the Big 12 South? Unlikely.
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: Do we really need to hear Regis Philbin talk about Notre Dame for the 1,000th time? ESPN thinks so.
Associated Press: A Detroit-area man and former Toledo point guard entered pleas of not guilty in an alleged point-shaving scheme.
Associated Press: Boise State coach Chris Petersen, the highest-paid Idaho state employee, has pledged $150,000 to the College of Business and Economics building project.
Charleston Daily Mail: Running back Darius Marshall and defensive back DeQuan Starling entered conditional guilty pleas to misdemeanor possession of marijuana.