Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State is paying an outside consultant $125 per hour to work out a settlement with former coach Chuck Long. The contract with consultant Dan Kelley, a former labor relations manager for the city of San Diego, runs from June through Oct. 31.
Frank Deford, SI.com: Instead of wasting time on the Bowl Championship Series, perhaps lawmakers should take a look at the NCAA, the evil overseer of athletic minions.
Matt Hinton, Dr Saturday: Why can't Utah be Nebraska? It's because Nebraska won't let them.
Joe Henderson, Tampa Tribune: Does the BCS really need an act of Congress?
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride, who will vote in the Harris Poll, on the talking heads at ESPN: "Those guys are performers. [Kirk] Herbstreit and the guys [on ESPN], they do a good job. But in reality, it's all prepared. One guy picks a certain team, another picks another one. That kind of stuff."
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: NFL quarterback Jay Cutler reportedly left tickets last season to an Atlanta Falcons game for Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, a violation of NCAA rules. Georgia reported the incident as a secondary violation.
Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: What economic downturn? Oklahoma fans have renewed their season tickets at a 99% rate. At Oklahoma State, renewals are 97.5%.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: As college athletic departments struggle financially in tough economic times, they must keep Title IX requirements in mind when making decisions.
Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: Al Goldfield, a Denton County businessman who donated $1.5 million for North Texas’ stadium campaign, said that he is no longer involved with the project or the athletic department on a regular basis.
Darren Sabedra, Mercury News: Stanford's Jim Harbaugh has returned from a week in Peru, where he helped build shelters for the poor, teamed with fellow humanitarians to put a roof on an orphanage and packed bags of food that could feed a family for nearly a month.
Scott Noll, Dallas Morning News: Tickets to the first Cotton Bowl Classic at the new Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 2, 2010, are going fast.
Jon Nyatawa, Omaha World-Herald: Lynn Finney, a former Nebraska player who admitted last year that he re-used a canceled check from his former coach Tom Osborne, was arrested after he allegedly deposited five empty envelopes into multiple Union Bank ATMs last weekend, inflating his balance and allowing him to withdraw $1,600, according to Lincoln police. Finney's actual balance was only $2.
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: USC defensive end Everson Griffen and linebacker Jordan Campbell were arrested on charges of breach of peace in Nantucket, Mass.
Arizona State: Another slick interactive experience that deserves a look.
The .Edu Toolbox: The top 100 college football blogs. Thanks to the Midwest Correspondent.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg continues the countdown with a look at No. 55 Troy.
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