Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Alabama officials are probing a fishing trip taken by receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram. It was the involvement of a third party who paid for the trip — Curtis Anderson — that led the compliance department to investigate for potential NCAA violations.
Tammy Nunez, Times-Picayune: Six new suspected flu cases were reported among members of the Tulane team, and one player fell ill at the end of Saturday's scrimmage. It is believed the cases are Type A flu because two players tested positive for that strain. It is not known whether the players have H1N1, a Type A flu, but the symptoms have played out like a normal flu and nothing extraordinary.
J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: Not everybody voted Florida No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. Giglio details the reasons behind his decision to vote Texas No. 1. Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the other writer who voted Florida No. 2.
Travis Tate, Champaign News-Gazette: Here is the list of voters in the AP poll.
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman: Of the last five Bowl Championship Series titlists, three were ranked first or second in the preseason AP poll. Six of the 10 teams to play in the title game were among the original top two teams.
Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman: Why the top five teams in the AP poll will (or won't) win it all.
Tom Mattingly, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Writer Clay Travis' book "On Rocky Top" chronicles Phil Fulmer's final season as Tennessee coach.
Jack McElroy, Knoxville News-Sentinel: The state of journalism in 2009. Drew Edwards, who covered Tennessee for the News-Sentinel, was recently hired away by the Volunteers' athletic department and is writing features for the team's website. The newspaper could not match the offer given to Edwards.
David Jones, Florida Today: Florida's Urban Meyer said that there were talks to have Utah replace Charleston Southern in the opener, but the two teams couldn't get the deal done. The game would have been played in Gainesville.
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's pregame ha'a is on the endangered list. The players will decide Monday whether to continue performing the traditional Maori war chant, which has gained national attention and spawned imitations in Texas, Utah, New Mexico and California.
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Big Ten coaches and administrators have mixed feelings about the elimination of printed media guides.
Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Illinois cornerback Miami Thomas is expected to be lost for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a practice.
Andrew Gribble, Opelika-Auburn News: Auburn tailback Eric Smith will surrender to Auburn police Monday in the wake of additional charges filed by the victim of an alleged third-degree assault early Friday morning.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg is counting them down with a look at No. 13 Mississippi.
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