Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News: The flu marches on. Up to 10 Alabama players have come down with a virus, and it's not clear if it is a Type A strain of flu or possibly H1N1. Defensive tackle Terrence Cody told a teammate he did not eat for two days. Players have been issued flu kits. Coach Nick Saban said the flu problem coincided with the arrival of approximately 25 players at the start of classes on Aug. 19, expanding the practice roster to about 130 players.
Paige McArdle, Daily Skiff: Texas Christian has stopped disclosing the number of students displaying flu symptoms. Up to five players were missing from practice because of swine flu.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The Gator Bowl is waiting to see what Southeastern Conference officials decide before agreeing to a deal with the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference. "If you get an opportunity to do an SEC-Big Ten deal, you at least wait and see what the offer will be," Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett said.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida has no record that Ereck Plancher knew he had sickle cell trait. Plancher's medical records, including the question of whether he was aware he had the potentially deadly condition, have become key points of contention in his parents' lawsuit against the Central Florida board of trustees and Athletics Association.
Janese Heavin, Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri is turning a popular tailgating spot into a parking lot for media and event staff after it became a haven for underage drinking and unruly conduct. In one instance, an 18-year-old was cited for possessing alcohol after police found some 800 cans of beer in his truck.
Mike Hlas, The Hlog: Wisconsin has ended sponsorship agreements with MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev for advertising during Badger sports broadcasts. The deals had brought the university about $425,000 per year.
Kellis Robinett, Campus Corner: The Kansas State beat writer for the Wichita Eagle explains his past association with a blog that covers Kansas athletics. He writes: "My ties to KU and my brief time writing for a fan blog will have no effect on my coverage of Kansas State. My goal is to cover the Wildcats to the best of my ability and do so fairly. It is what our readers deserve and it is what I will give them." For background stories, click here and here.
Michael Sadowski, Pocono Record: Penn State athletic director Dave Curley defends the Nittany Lions' creampuff nonconference schedule. "The short version is, we need those seven home games on the schedule every year," he said. "We're a self-sustaining athletic department, we get no money from the state or university. So we need to get those home games on the schedule to make sure the athletic department keeps running." Thanks to Penn State Clips.
David Helman, Daily Reveille: Louisiana State has played football in 23 different states and even a foreign country in the program’s 116-year existence, but the Sept. 5 trip to Washington — a 2,549 mile hike — is LSU’s longest. Ever.
Doug Robertson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A media guide typo shows that Georgia tied Georgia Tech last season. The Yellow Jackets won, 45-42.
James Jahnke, Detroit Free Press: Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will campaign on behalf of Republican Jay Riemersma, the former Wolverine tight end who is seeking to replace U.S. representative Pete Hoekstra.
Dave Matter, Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri has dismissed quarterback Blaine Dalton from the team after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated at 1:16 Friday morning.
Andrew Gribble, Opeliak-Auburn News: The NCAA ruled that Auburn receiver Montez Billings must miss the first four games of the season because of an "academic issue."
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Tailback Quentin Castille, who was dismissed from Nebraska's team earlier this week, is transferring to Division I-AA Northwestern State.
Don Jacobs and J.J. Stambaugh, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Former Tennessee receiver Joshua Briscoe has been charged with soliciting a sexual favor from a 15 year old.