Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Tommy Bowden suggested that he didn't resign last Oct. 13 as Clemson coach. Instead, he called the midseason move a "dismissal." Athletic Terry Don Phillips disagreed. "When I met with coach Bowden on the morning of Oct. 13, I did not enter the conversation with the intention of dismissing him. ... At that meeting, he put on the table the option of resigning right away and added that coach [Dabo] Swinney would be someone to consider as his replacement. I told him to think about it and come back to me, which he did a couple of hours later. At that second meeting he said he thought it would be best if he stepped down now."
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Don't buy into all the hype surrounding Mississippi. "Ole Miss fans had better be wearing seat belts. They better have the sash over their shoulders. They better make sure the frontal air bags are in working order. Why? Because this Ole Miss train is about to run off the track. The biggest crowd in Oxford this year won't be drinking and carrying on at the Grove before the Alabama game. It will be later in the season as fans gather to rubberneck the Ole Miss trainwreck."
Get The Picture: An interesting exchange between a fan and ESPN's Ivan Maisel during an online chat.
Rob Lunn, NESN: The biggest bully on the block is Notre Dame, which has somehow megotiated a five-game deal with Connecticut that has none of the games being played at Rentschler Field or any other New England stadium. Thanks to Ben Maller.
Biloxi Sun Herald: Move over Oregon. Nike has redesigned Southern Mississippi's uniforms. While the Golden Eagles' helmet will remain unchanged, there will be three different jerseys (black, white and gold) that will be paired with three different pants (black, white and gold), giving Southern Miss nine different uniform combinations.
Arkansas Sports 360: Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts dismissed three players, including Paul Stephens, a starter at defensive back. Stephens was reportedly shot Saturday trying to break into the apartment of former Red Wolves player Antonio Williams, who reported an intruder and fired a gunshot through his door. Stephens was hospitalized after the shooting with a wound in his midsection, treated and then taken into police custody.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii could have Aloha Stadium all to itself on game days under a deal reached with a swap meet, which now plans to vacate the stadium's parking lot when the Warriors are at home.
George Hostetter, Fresno Bee: Former Fresno State player Alphonso Bigelow said he has given the first payment of his $10 million pledge to Bulldog athletics.
Drew Edwards, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Trouble at receiver for Tennessee. Austin Rogers will miss the season because of a torn knee ligament suffered last week during voluntary workouts. Denarius Moore will likely miss "a couple" games because of a broken bone in a foot and Gerald Jones will likely be limited through fall camp as he recovers from wrist surgery.
Keith Sargeant, Scarlet Scuttlebutt: Two Rutgers alumni with long histories of financial support have committed $5 million for the construction of a recruiting lounge and welcome center that will be built on the mezzanine level in the new south end zone of Rutgers Stadium.
Megan Manfull, Houston Chronicle: Rice wants to move its 2010 game against Texas to Reliant Park, home of the Houston Texans.
Marcus R. Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Running back Hasan Lipscomb, one of Minnesota's top recruits last spring, has failed to get a qualifying score on his college entrance exam and will play at Blinn Junior College in Texas.
Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska receiver Tim Marlowe was cited on suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol.
Toledo Blade: Former Michigan State quarterback Arron Agler was killed during a robbery in Barberton, Ohio.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg continues his countdown with a look at No. 49 Arkansas.
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