David Hunt, Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville officials are sketching out plans to reduce alcohol consumption during the Florida-Georgia game, aka the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Plans include a 50% reduction in alcohol distribution points and the banning of shot sales at Jacksonville Landing.
Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel: Bobby Bowden might be raising a stink about having to vacate 14 victories, but in 1983 the Florida State coach called for a forfeiture after the Seminoles were victimized by an ineligible player.
Lee Davidson, Deseret News: Utah president Michael Young is expected to be the leadoff witness at Tuesday's Senate Antitrust Subcommittee hearing titled, "The Bowl Championship Series: Is it Fair and in Compliance with Antitrust Law?" Other scheduled witnesses included Harvey Perlman, chancellor of the University of Nebraska and leader of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee; antitrust lawyer William Monts III, who has said the BCS does not violate antitrust laws; and antitrust lawyer Barry Brett.
Larry Bowen, Bryan/College Station Eagle: Texas A&M has eliminated 17 positions from the athletic department, part of a $4.5 million budget cut. Two of the longest-tenured members of the department lost their jobs.
Brad Rock, Deseret News: Utah State has been named the most economically efficient athletic department in America.
Andrea Adelson, College Gridiron 365: Champs Sports has extended its sponsorship of the Champs Sports Bowl through the 2013 season.
Robbi Pickeral, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina has signed a new 10-year, $37.7 million contract with Nike. All of the school's head coaches now have individual deals with the company.
Bud Withers and Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times: In the past 18 months, Washington State has had at least 25 players arrested or charged with offenses that carry possible jail time.
Howie Stalwick, Tacoma News-Tribune: The number of athletic department donors dropped from 6,200 to 5,500 this past fiscal year at Washington State. Sales of season tickets have also declined.
Jason Kaneshiro, Honolulu Advertiser: Officials are looking into replacing the FieldTurf surface at Aloha Stadium before the start of Hawaii's 2010 season. The current surface has been in place since 2003.
Ryan Suchomel, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Season ticket sales at Iowa have dipped about 3%.
Doc's Sports: Of the 11 BCS title winners, nine teams (and the past six consecutive) have had at least eight wins the season before winning the championship. All have had at least seven. That means that 37 teams fit the profile and are still in the running for the national title.
Solid Verbal: A podcast with new North Alabama coach Terry Bowden.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg takes a look at No. 61 Kentucky.
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