Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Big East commissioner John Marinatto says that if the Gator Bowl doesn't commit an agreement exclusively with the conference for the next four years and ditches the current hybrid Big East/Big 12 model, it's "doubtful" the Big East will have the Gator in its bowl lineup beginning in 2010.
Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com ($): Stanford's Jim Harbaugh on creampuff schedules: "Somebody really ought to take notice of this stuff. You have eight or nine wins and so you're a great football team? Well, what if you played four patsies in your nonconference and then you only won half your conference games and so you get to go play in the Alamo Bowl and everyone says you're a great team. That's what happens. ... There's no question that the Pac-10 doesn't get that respect for playing teams out of conference of like caliber."
Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Christian's Gary Patterson says his team is respected more nationally than it is in Texas.
Dave Biddle, Bucknuts: Receiver Ray Small and defensive end Rob Rose will not be with Ohio State's team when preseason camp opens Aug. 10 because of academic deficiencies.
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Brigham Young's Bronco Mendenhall responds to Urban Meyer's comment that Utah would not be able to go undefeated in the Southeastern Conference.
Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse coach Doug Marrone on quarterback Greg Paulus: "I think he's gotten stronger. He's put on weight. He's gotten faster. I'm excited to see when he goes out there and performs."
Jeff Call, Deseret News: Five compelling storylines for the Mountain West Conference.
Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: The newspaper polled 29 of the 38 players who attended Big 12 media days to find the best and worst of the league. The newspaper granted anonymity in exchange for candor.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: A few important dates on your way to the Bowl Championship Series title game in January.
Andy Reid, Michigan Daily: Michigan hasn’t played a nonconference game away from the Big House (excluding the Notre Dame series) since 2003.
Eric Lacy, Detroit News: Little Caesars is likely to become the lead sponsor of the Motor City Bowl.
Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's Greg McMackin was reprimanded by the Western Athletic Conference, which issued a warning that any further violations of the league's sportsmanship code will result in an automatic one-game suspension at the minimum.
LZ Granderson, ESPN.com: Did the media condone language used by McMackin?
Misti Crane, Columbus Dispatch: The NCAA is asking teams to test athletes for sickle-cell trait.
Paul Myerberg, The Quad: The countdown continues with a look at No. 30 Houston.
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