John Hunt, Oregonian: Running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended for the rest of the season for his actions Thursday night, ending his career at Oregon. "I just apologize to everybody that was watching this — ESPN, national TV — I just apologize to all of our fans, all the Boise fans,'' Blount said. "It was just something that I shouldn't have done. I lost my head, and I shouldn't have taken it that far.''
Howie Stalwick, Olympian: Washington State coach Paul Wulff said 13 players have come down with flu in the past nine days, and starting receiver Kevin Norrell is so ill that me could miss Saturday’s opener against Stanford. Washington State officials say more than 2,000 students have been sickened by swine flu during the first two weeks of classes on the Pullman campus, though none have required hospitalization.
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: The controversial South Bend billboard that was critical of Notre Dame's Charlie Weis has been replaced with a message promoting the U.S. Marine Corps. Notre Dame officials said they did not pressure Burkhart Advertising to remove the billboard after only three days, but Tom Reynolds, the person behind the billboard, says otherwise. "What Burkhart Advertising took away from me is far more valuable," the former Fighting Irish linebacker said. "They took away my freedom of speech. And Notre Dame pressured them to do it."
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The Alabama-Virginia Tech game will be the 37th season-opening meeting between teams ranked top 10 of the preseason Associated Press poll in the 60-year history of the poll. It's the first time since 2004 (Florida State vs. Miami) and only the third this decade, thanks to cupcake scheduling.
Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register: Alabama starting defensive end Brandon Deaderick was cleared to practice and potentially play in Saturday night's game against Virginia Tech in Atlanta, only days after being shot as the victim of a robbery attempt. The Crimson Tide might be without linebacker Jerrell Harris, whose eligibility is in question because of an ongoing investigation by the university's compliance staff.
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Attendance for Arizona State's opener Saturday against Division I-AA Idaho State is not expected to reach 50,000, which would be the smallest at Sun Devil Stadium since 2002.
Mike Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The attorney representing Oklahoma's Mike Balogun doesn't expect the linebacker to regain his eligibility.
Eric Connor, Greenville News: Former Clemson and current Tulsa assistant Ron West was a partner in the troubled real estate venture involving Michigan's Rich Rodriguez.
Joe Juliano, Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State athletic director Tim Curley defends the Nittany Lions' creampuff nonconference schedule.
Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: It could be a long season for Indiana. The Hoosiers didn't score in the second half and had to survive a desperation pass that fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired Thursday night to outlast Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky, 19-13, at Memorial Stadium.
Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register: Iowa State's headsets did not work for much of its game against Division I-AA North Dakota State, forcing coaches to use cell phones.
Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penn State middle linebacker Michael Zordich has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after an incident at 3:25 a.m. Sunday. Zordich, 19, was stopped after university police noticed him driving without his headlights on. Penn State police deputy director Tyrone Parham said that Zordich's blood-alcohol content was 0.19. The limit for a minor is 0.02.
George Diepenbrock, Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas associate athletic director Chris Howard has entered into a diversion agreement in Douglas County District Court on two misdemeanor charges he faced related to a June domestic incident at his home. Howard’s younger brother, Ryan Howard, is the all-star first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Nancy C. Rodriguez, Louisville Courier-Journal: The University of Louisville plans to eliminate smoking on campus by June 1. The ban will be phased in beginning on Nov. 19. The University of Kentucky will also ban smoking on Nov. 19.To bypass registration, go to Bug Me Not. Follow Jay Christensen on Twitter and be notified within nanoseconds of the Wiz being updated, and join the Wiz Nation on Facebook.
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