Ben Volin, Gator Bytes: ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper released his first "big board" of 2009, and Tim Tebow was nowhere to be found. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford was listed as the No. 1 pick and Texas' Colt McCoy was No. 11.
Paul Flemming and Bob Gabordi, Tallahassee Democrat: The NCAA violated Florida's public-records laws and must release documents in an ongoing case involving athletic sanctions against Florida State University. The NCAA plans to appeal. Once again, the NCAA is playing the role of the bully.
Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin coaches and players recently took a break from football and focused on how to avoid contracting swine flu.
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Is shaking hands before the season opener such a good idea? Maybe officials should rethink this act of sportsmanship.
Jeff Rice, Centre Daily Times: Five reasons why Penn State could make a run at the national championship.
Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun: Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is devising a strategy to help his players adjust to the three-hour time difference they will encounter in their opening game at California on the evening of Sept. 5. The game starts at 7 p.m. — 10 p.m. in the east.
MVictors: An official scoring change has made it into the Michigan record books. The Wolverines' 1903 game against Ferris State was listed as an 88-0 victory. It has been changed to 90-0. Wiz take: Even back then, Michigan was scheduling creampuffs!
Scott Nulph, Stillwater News-Press: Perhaps Oklahoma State decided to order a media blackout because coach Mike Gundy was unhappy answering questions about the condition of quarterback Zac Robinson, who has a strained hamstring.
Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada's Chris Ault has closed all practices and scrimmages for the remainder of fall camp.
Howie Stalwick, The Olympian: Washington State's athletic department anticipates a $200,000 deficit for the past fiscal year.
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia coaches and athletic department staff, like other employees at the university, will be furloughed for six days this school year, but football coaches will be accommodated, so their unpaid days off don't fall during game weeks against Florida and Georgia Tech.
Mike Perrin, Birmingham News: Jacksonville State quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has been suspended for the season opener at Georgia Tech for violating team rules.
Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register: Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw won't be suspended after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence/harassment after an officer from the University of Alabama police department said he witnessed an altercation Upshaw had with an on-again, off-again girlfriend.
Evan Woodbery, Mobile Press-Register: Auburn running back Eric Smith was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Brandon Chatmon, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State set a team record for season ticket sales, surpassing the 40,000 mark.
J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: Charges against North Carolina freshman Donte Paige-Moss stemming from a dorm-room fight were dismissed.
Topeka Capital-Journal: Joseph Kassanavoid, a backup quarterback at Kansas State, is facing misdemeanor battery charges.
Moisekapenda Bower, Rice: The 2010 Texas-Rice game has been moved to Reliant Stadium.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg takes a look at No. 15 Oklahoma State.
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