Robert K. Gordon, Birmingham News: Although the mother of a former Alabama defensive tackle Dominic Lee told a judge that she was allowed to use a company credit card in exchange for steering her son to play for the Crimson Tide, her attorney said that there’s no way the team had any idea of her claims or knew anything about it.
Michael Rothstein, Ann Arbor.com: Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr says it's time for big-time college football to have a playoff: "We're having too many situations where somebody gets left out. You tell me Utah didn’t deserve a chance to play for the national championship? Well, they did. They should have. And they didn’t."
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Yet another hurdle for Mountain West teams. Brigham Young's Bronco Mendenhall said it's getting difficult for his team to schedule games against Bowl Championship Series teams: "We are having a very difficult time scheduling games with people who aren't the very top tier in the country. Right beneath the top three or four, not many want to play us. What is happening is the respect that maybe the media, or maybe the nation, is slow to [hand out] is there from others. The college football coaches, and maybe the ADs, are very quick to acknowledge [teams in the MWC are legitimate]. If you were sitting in my seat trying to schedule a college football game right now, you would find it very difficult unless it is maybe USC, LSU or Oklahoma."
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: Dodd concludes his ranking of each Division I-A team this decade by naming USC No. 1 and Oklahoma No. 2.
Hugh Kellenberger, Hoosier Scoop: Indiana produces more BCS-level players than you might imagine.
Dugan Arnett, Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas has sold approximately 35,000 season ticket packages as of last week, roughly 1,000 more that it had sold at a similar point last summer and 4,000 more than the team sold total in 2007.
Brandon Chatmon, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy signed the seven-year, $15.7 million contract he agreed to last winter. Gundy will average $2.242 million per season over the seven years of the deal, which also includes a buyout of $3 million if Gundy leaves before the contract expires.
Nicole Smith, Anderson Independent-Mail: Jess Bowers, who had roles as a lineman in the movies "Radio," "We Are Marshall" and "Leatherheads," has earned a spot on Clemson's team as a walk-on defensive end.
Greg Wallace, Anderson Independent-Mail: Former Clemson starting offensive lineman Barry Humphries has decided to transfer.
David Brandt, Clarion-Ledger: Troubled signee Jamar Hornsby will not be a member of Mississippi's team.
The Quad: Next up on Paul Myerberg's list is No. 32 Kansas.
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