Jill Riepenhoff, Columbus Dispatch: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is asking the Department of Education to reform its 35-year-old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The law was crafted to keep academic records such as grades and transcripts private, but is often used to keep other information off-limits to the media.
Jeremy Fowler, Orlando Sentinel: Meet Huntley Johnson, the Gainesville-based attorney who might be Florida's most valuable player other than Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow. He has handled 23 of the 24 football-related legal cases documented during Urban Meyer's four years as Gator coach. The 24th case happened in Daytona Beach.
John Pennington, Mr. SEC: The Texas athletic program brought in more money than any other school in 2007-08.
Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel: Florida media organizations sued the NCAA and Florida State, charging that they schemed to violate open government laws by not making correspondence public about an academic cheating scandal at the university.
Ben Prather, FanBlogs: Will 2010, 2012 be the years of mass realignment announcements?
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida becomes the latest school to discontinue printed media guides. In another cost-cutting move, the Bulls will bus to their Sept. 26 game against Florida State in Tallahassee instead of traveling by chartered airplane.
Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, whose department is expected to lose $500,000 in funding, says there are no plans to cut sports or jobs at this time.
Ian R. Rapoport and Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: The price of season tickets at Alabama and Auburn are on the rise. Plus, Phil Savage has been hired as an analyst on Crimson Tide radio broadcasts, replacing Ken Stabler.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Perhaps it's time for athletic director Mal Moore to step down at Alabama.
Jeffrey Martin, Kansas City Star: Chris Harper, who spent last season at Oregon, is transferring to Kansas State. Harper was a receiver/quarterback at Oregon, but says he will play quarterback Kansas State.
Brad Rock, Deseret News: Washington fans are whining about Brigham Young securing a commitment from top-rated quarterback Jake Heaps, who is a Latter Day Saint. But those fans need to understand that every school uses their recruiting advantages.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Is there such a thing as a self-sufficient athletic department? It's all in the accounting.
John Hunt, Oregonian: Some of the cost-cutting measures proposed by the Pacific 10 might not become reality for a couple of years.
Associated Press: Florida State president T.K. Wetherell will tell the school's trustees this week that he wants to retire next year.
Tom Mulhern, Badger Beat: Quarterback Nate Tice, the son of former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice, is walking on at Wisconsin.