Ken Sugiura, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia has agreed to an eight-year marketing and media rights deal with ISP Sports worth $92.8 million, which — at $11.6 million a year — appears to be the largest average annual payout for a team's guaranteed rights in college athletics.
Gary Jacobson, Dallas Morning News: The Cotton Bowl is trying to bring a second postseason game to the facility, perhaps as early as the 2010-11 bowl season.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: There have been two national championships in three seasons, but at what cost? Florida is one of the major offseason stories for all the wrong reasons.
Tommy Craggs, Deadspin: Huntley Johnson, the attorney who has handled 23 of the 24 legal cases involving Florida players since Urban Meyer became coach, has issues of his own. A lawsuit brought in 2000 by Johnson's secretary, Pamela Thigpen accused Johnson of foul language, sexual innuendo and physical assault. Thigpen won a judgment of more than $1 million in a civil trial, and the verdict was upheld on appeal. Thanks to Get The Picture.
Michael Rand, Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota coach Tim Brewster on flap over his coaching record: "I think that was an innocent deal that people made much more of than they should have. What we were trying to say is that I've been around some great coaches and programs. People like you and other people blew it up. … We never wanted to present my record as anything but 8-17. It was typical … and it's unfortunate that it was taken out of context. … I can also see where it can be misconstrued."
Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: As expected, the Mountain West Conference proposal to restructure the Bowl Championship Series met with a tepid response at this week's conference commissioners meeting in Colorado Springs.
Mike Strange, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said a resolution with former strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith has been reached and the process of naming his replacement is going forward. Smith's replacement is expected to be Aaron Ausmus, who has been strength coach at North Texas.
John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel: First-year Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin has gone more than a week without committing an NCAA secondary violation. Depending on your point of view, that's cause for concern or remorse.
Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Alabama president Robert Witt said the school will appeal the NCAA's ruling on its violations of textbook disbursement policy.
Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: Iowa State has finalized its contract with Paul Rhoads, who will be the lowest-salaried coach in the Big 12 with a five-year deal worth $5.75 million, an average of $1.15 million a year.
Shannon Shelton, Detroit Free Press: Former Michigan State coach George Perles plans to enter next year's race for governor and will put his name into the candidate pool for the Democratic primary in August 2010.
Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh middle linebacker Adam Gunn was reinstated to the team after charges against him stemming from a May 10 incident outside a Station Square nightclub were withdrawn.
Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says his son, James, along with walk-ons Zach Derby and Tyler Christensen, are in good standing on the team. The players plead guilty to public intoxication charges on April 6.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg takes a look at No. 76 Louisville.
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