Mark Dent, Indianapolis Star: NCAA president Myles Brand, his weight noticeably down because of his fight with pancreatic cancer, made a rare public appearance Sunday evening during an awards ceremony.
Ken Tysiac, Charlotte Observer: North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving suffered a broken leg and collapsed lung in a car crash Sunday morning.
Ryan Thorburn and Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado's Dan Hawkins says his team is capable of a Big 12 title run. "Do we have the potential to do that? Yes, we do," he said. "But you've got to get hot, you've got to get some confidence going, you've got to avoid injuries. And then you never know how those things will go. But I think we're definitely getting closer to knocking on the door." Plus, former Colorado receiver Josh Smith has been given a release to transfer to UCLA in addition to USC.
Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: Louise Bennett Reed, a coal miner's daughter, bequeathed the Colorado athletic department her entire estate valued at $4.75 million. Reed, who died a year ago at age 103, was a volunteer academic/career counselor for Colorado players during the mid-1970s.
Patrick Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Starting this fall, all Arizona athletes will be required to set their Facebook pages to private.
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame tight end Joseph Fauria has been given his release and is expected to transfer to a Pacific 10 team. Fauria said he decided to leave after he was suspended by Notre Dame's Office of Residence Life. Under terms of the suspension, Fauria was not allowed back on campus until after Christmas.
Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times: Jerry Neuheisel, the son of UCLA's Slick Rick Neuheisel,
is expected to be the starting quarterback this fall for Loyola High.
Jack Neuheisel, a younger brother who plays linebacker, will be a
freshman at Loyola this fall.
Rob Moseley, Eugene Register-Guard: Former Oregon quarterback Justin Roper is transferring to Montana and will be eligible to play this fall.
Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant: Connecticut defensive end Marcus Campbell, a projected starter, is ineligible to play this fall.
Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa athletics department officials are concerned but not alarmed by the number of alcohol-related arrests among student-athletes.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida's assistant coaches are getting raises this week.