Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Good news for Texas Tech. Saturday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. "I think that definitely has the potential to be a good omen for us," Mike Leach said, tongue in cheek. "So really, I think on behalf of our program, we feel very confident as a result of that."
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: Michigan is only really good if Notre Dame is really good, and we don't know if Notre Dame is really good at all. We do know Charlie Weis got full of himself (not easy to do) and called too many passes late in the game, then explained his strategy by pointing out the officiating was lame.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Tyrone Willingham's three-year winning percentage at Notre Dame: 58.3. Charlie Weis' four-year winning percentage: 58.0.
Lonnie White, FanHouse: Despite the successes, is USC underachieving under Pete Carroll?
Scott D. Pierce, Deseret News: Meet Bob Griese, ESPN/ABC analyst and BCS blowhard.
Michael Rothstein, Ann Arbor.com: Whether it was a punch or not, Michigan's Jonas Mouton should be suspended for Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan.Michael Rand, Randball: Minnesota's Tim Brewster won't allow players or coaches to appear on KFAN, the Twin Cities' largest talk radio station.
Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans, New York Times: Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford long ago gave up any expectations of a normal college life. In the era of social networking sites, being the big man on campus no longer means being the life of the party.
Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com: Is there such a thing as a coaching "fit," or is it merely another word for success? Thanks to Mike!
Andy Staples, SI.com: Welcome to Grove City, Ohio, where the local school district has decided to cut sports. "This community is going to die," Grove City High football coach Matt Jordan said. "That's the big fear."
Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star: NCAA president Myles Brand, 67, who died Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, made good use of the bully pulpit.
Courtney Linehan, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Brand's reign was full of turmoil.
John Hunt, Oregonian: It appears LeGarrette Blount, suspended for the season, is staying put. Oregon's director of compliance, Bill Clever, said that he has not heard from the NCAA about any possible waiver that would allow Blount to play elsewhere or to gain another year of eligibility.
Will Brinson, Buster Sports: Tale of the Tape: Lane Kiffin vs. Sarah Palin.
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News: Notes column, leading with the Texas Tech-Texas game.
Jim Kleinpeter, Times Picayune: Louisiana State paid Tulane $700,000 to end the series between the teams.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: The San Jose State-Stanford series is on its deathbed.
Doug Zaleski, Muncie Star-Press: Ball State wants out of its 2010 game at Iowa.
Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal: Bobby Petrino shares the blame for Louisville's decline.
Ted Hutton, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Florida Atlantic is expected to move its 2010 home opener against Michigan State to either Ford Field in Detroit or Soldier Field in Chicago.
Jonathan Kealing and Scott Rothschild, Lawrence Journal-World: The Kansas Board of Regents not only approved a $34 million addition of high-dollar seating on the east side of Memorial Stadium, it praised the proposal.
Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Tight end Rob Gronkowski, Arizona's best player, will miss his third consecutive game Saturday at Iowa because of a lower back strain.
Marcus Nelson, Palm Beach Post: Cortez Gent, Florida Atlantic's all-time leading receiver, has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette: Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson will miss the remainder of the season because of a neck injury.
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