Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Big blow to Boston College. Sophomore Dominique Davis, the only quarterback on the roster with any starting experience, is transferring after being suspended for academic reasons. Davis was at the top of the depth chart entering summer drills. Codi Boek, a junior college transfer from California who moved to fullback last year before returning to quarterback in the spring, and redshirt freshman Justin Tuggle are expected to battle for the starting job.
Neill Woelk and Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Is it time for concern in Boulder? Five players have decided to transfer from Colorado in the past couple of months, including talented receiver/return specialist Josh Smith, who finished 10th in the nation last year in all-purpose yards. Smith has been granted his release to talk with USC.
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Bill Snyder can still draw a crowd — in Lincoln, Neb., no less. The Kansas State coach's appearance at Nebraskans for K-State Catbackers drew 175 fans.
Jonathan Okanes, Bear Talk: In a cost-cutting move, California will bus its team to Pasadena for the Oct. 17 game against UCLA.
Paul Buker, Oregonian: Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis said that fundraising totals are off by $1 million and football season ticket sales have faltered, ominous signs at a school that previously announced severe budget cuts and the possible elimination of some minor sports if matters did not improve.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Every conference is making cuts, but Conference USA, whose league members stretch from Greenville, N.C., to El Paso, is making some of the deepest cuts to date.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii is projecting a 7-10% drop in season ticket sales. It sold 27,699 season tickets last year, a 15-year high.
Jason Kaneshiro, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: Hawaii and USC will apparently add two more dates to their series.
Tim Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia has self-reported six secondary violations of NCAA rules this year, three of them involving the football program.
Heisman Pundit: The top 10 underrated coaches.
Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel: Florida State has 15 days to respond to the NCAA's ruling on sanctions.
Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Secondary violations at Auburn? Who cares?
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: When is the last time Auburn's talent search has been this much fun?
Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Missouri quarterback Blaine Dalton has been reinstated to the team.
Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: Hotshot Missouri recruit Sheldon Richardson failed to qualify academically and will enroll in a junior college in California.
San Antonio Express-News: A Q&A with Texas Christian's Gary Patterson.
Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Yes, Notre Dame is getting rid of its scoreboards. It isn't, though, joining the world of the JumboTron.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Who needs printed copies of media guides? Sportswriters!
The Quad: The tireless Paul Myerberg continues the countdown with No. 91 Middle Tennessee State.
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