Michael Deak, East Brunswick Home News Tribune: Ryan Hart, who was Rutgers' quarterback from 2002-05, and Troy Taylor, who was California's quarterback from 1986-89, have filed a lawsuit against EA Sports. The suit alleges the video game manufacturer used the players' likeness without permission. Former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller filed a suit in May with the same claims.
Rey Melick, Birmingham News: An online betting service has posted odds on teams most likely to commit the next NCAA violation. USC tops the list at 8-1. Ohio State is No. 2 at 9-1, followed by Florida, Memphis and Mississippi at 10-1. North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan State and Florida State are 12-1. Alabama is 13-1.
Doug Zaleski, Muncie Star Press: The Ball State athletic department has been accused of failing to provide equal intercollegiate athletic opportunities for men and women under the structure of Title IX. A four-person team from the Department of Education interviewed Ball State officials earlier this month.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: There is no buyout in Nick Saban's contract with Alabama, meaning his deal has less teeth than the front row at Neyland Stadium.
J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina, which at one point had 29 commitments for 12 available scholarships, has trimmed its roster to the point that it now has three scholarships open.
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: The Big 12 appears ready to surpass the Southeastern Conference in the battle for football superiority.
Carlos Frias, Palm Beach Post: Whatever happened to Brian Calhoun, the former Miami safety who tipped away Nebraska's two-point conversion attempt to secure a 31-30 victory over the No. 1-ranked Cornhuskers on Jan. 2, 1984?
Jim Moore, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.com: The Washington State alum has had enough of the team's off-field legal troubles. The topper came June 9 with the arrest of safeties Tyree Toomer and LeAndre Daniels for allegedly attempting to steal four bicycles from a residence hall. On top of that, they allegedly stole a hacksaw from a construction site to cut through locks on the bikes.
Terry Feinberg, Las Cruces Sun-News: The combination of hiring DeWayne Walker and the lowering of ticket prices has helped boost ticket sales at New Mexico State. A season ticket can be had for as low as $42. The most expensive season ticket is $108. The Aggies have six home games.
Doug Tucker, Associated Press: Kansas State's Bill Snyder is under scrutiny after the release of a 34-page audit painted an embarrassing picture of sloppy oversight and possible conflicts of interest under former president Jon Wefald and former vice president and athletic director Bob Krause. "All compensation noted in my contract was paid to me or to the corporation. I received nothing more than what was stipulated in my contract," Snyder said in a statement.
Michael Hiestand, USA Today: ESPN analyst Paul Maguire will have a "reduced role" on telecasts this season.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Without a Bowl Championship Series representative for the first time in three years, Hawaii and the rest of the Western Athletic Conference are taking a considerable hit in the wallet.
Jason Kaneshiro, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: The deficit run up by Hawaii's athletic department is expected to grow by $2.6 million. The department was already operating under a $5.4 million deficit.
Megan Manfull, Houston Chronicle: The Rice athletic department has tested its athletes for the sickle cell trait for three years, and it will put forth an initiative that the NCAA make such testing mandatory for all student-athletes.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Texas' Sergio Kindle could face charges for leaving the scene of an accident after his car veered off the road and crashed into an Austin apartment complex last week. Kindle, who is said to have been texting at the time of the accident, suffered a concussion. The linebacker was suspended for the first three games of the 2007 season after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated the previous July.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: A lengthy Q&A with Michigan's Rich Rodriguez.
Alex Abrams, Springdale Morning News: Arkansas sophomore linebacker Khiry Battle was kicked off the team after his second arrest in less than two months.
Austin Meek, Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas State defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald, a transfer from Virginia, was arrested on drunken driving charges.
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