Ron Morris, Columbia State: The $24 million, six-year contract recently offered to Florida's Urban Meyer underscored the problems facing college athletics. Meyer gained a substantial raise at the same time the University of Florida detailed $42 million in budget cuts, laid off nine faculty members and eliminated 42 staff positions.
Ben Volin, Gator Bytes: Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says he has "not seen much negativity at all" over Meyer's new contract.
Joe Rexrode, Lansing State Journal: Michigan State running back Glenn Winston, who was convicted last spring of two misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an off-campus altercation last fall that injured Spartan hockey player A.J. Sturges, was released from jail Monday morning and practiced with the team Monday afternoon.
Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press: Rich Rodriguez said that he had no idea former Michigan player Justin Feagin had dealt drugs in high school, as Feagin admitted to police in July. He also said he didn't know Feagin had been arrested twice in high school, as Feagin told police. The bigger question: Should Rodriguez have been more diligent researching Feagin's background?
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Facing a public relations backlash, the Southeastern Conference plans to "tweak" elements of its new controversial media policy that was distributed to the 12 schools last Thursday. Since the policy became public, about 35 to 40 media outlets have complained to the SEC, according to associate commissioner Charles Bloom.
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: Former Kansas State coach Ron Prince, due as much as $4.4 million in buyouts, is seeking an additional $3 million in punitive damages from the university in one of three counterclaims filed in U.S. District Court.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Michigan has unveils the "Taj Mahal" of indoor practice facilities.
Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: Would Boston College seriously consider a jump back to the Atlantic Coast Conference?
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: The SEC's best since Bear Bryant? For impact and accomplishment, it's Steve Spurrier.
Dick Harmon, Deseret News: Brigham Young and Utah appear intent on beefing up their nonconference schedules.
Kevin Gorman, Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson said season-ticket sales are "seven percent ahead" of last year, when the Panthers' 42,000 tickets sold ranked third-highest in team history.
Ira Schoffel, Miami Herald: The Labor Day showdown between Miami and Florida State in Tallahassee is expected to bring ESPN big television ratings, but it might not be a sellout.
Jeff Lockridge, Tennessean: Vanderbilt's Terence Jeffers-Harris, a transfer receiver from Connecticut, is not academically eligible.
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State's Jim Tressel confirmed that linebacker Tyler Moeller is out for the season. Moeller reportedly was hit in the head during a family vacation to Florida in July. There are unconfirmed reports that Moeller was punched from behind. When asked if Moeller may take legal action, Tressel danced around the topic but didn't rule it out.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist's June Jones is not wavering in his belief that the Mustangs are on course for a turnaround.
Jon Solomon, ACC Sports Journal: An in-depth comparison of the Atlantic Coast Conference vs. the SEC.
J.P. Giglio, ACC Now: North Carolina freshman defensive end Donte Moss was charged with misdemeanor simple assault after getting into a dorm-room fight with a teammate in July.
Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review: Senior running back Chris Ivory was dismissed from the Washington State team because of a violation of team rules.
Richard Sandomir, New York Times: The Washington Post has decided not to run this week's "Tank McNamara." The cartoon strip deals with the Michael Vick storyline, and the newspaper deemed the strips "inappropriate." Thanks to Joe!
The Quad: Paul Myerberg's countdown continues with No. 22. Nebraska.
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