Stephanie Gaskell, New York Daily News: A Hartford man is being held in the stabbing death of Connecticut player Jasper Howard, police said Monday. Johnny Hood, 21, is being held on $100,000 bond in connection with the early Sunday morning stabbing outside a school dance at the Storrs campus. Howard has not been charged in the stabbing.
Zac Boyer, Hartford Courant: Connecticut coach Randy Edsall said two players who were with Howard when he was stabbed will have the option to sit out of Saturday's game against West Virginia. "One had Jasper in his arms and the other was pressuring where the wound went in and had blood on his hands, and those two young men I know are pretty deeply affected right now," Edsall said.
Chelsi Moy, Missoulian: Montana coach Bobby Hauck and his players are not talking to reporters from the Kaimin after the university's student newspaper published a story about an alleged assault by two Grizzly players on another student outside a fraternity. An editorial in NewWest Missoula says Hauck is way out of line.
Brian O'Keefe, CNN Money.com: A look at Auburn booster Bobby Lowder, who built Colonial Bank into a real estate money machine, only to see it become the largest bank failure this year. Thanks to Hugh!
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC's Pete Carroll, whose team was No. 7 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings, is again questioning the system. "Is the goal to find the team with the best record or the best team?" he asked.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati's Brian Kelly also took a swipe at the BCS: "I think there's a strong vocal contingent out there that even with the data that has been presented with Cincinnati being fifth in the county, there are some people that still don't think that Boise State or Cincinnati or TCU or any of those schools that still don’t have that pedigree should be part of the conversation." Plus, quarterback Tony Pike is back practicing with the team.
Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson, whose team crushed Brigham Young, 32-7, last season: "Last year before we played it was kind of a circus listening to BYU talk. So we’re not doing much talking. We’re ready to go play." The teams meet Saturday in Provo.
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News: The college football wrap. Don't look now, but Temple has won four in a row. The Owls haven't won five in a row since 1979 and are tied atop the Mid-American Conference's East Division with Ohio, at 3-0.
Sports Media Watch: ABC was your ratings winner. The network's telecast of Oklahoma-Texas drew a 6.4 overnight rating. The Arkansas-Florida game drew a 4.8 for CBS. NBC did well with USC-Notre Dame, drawing a 4.5.
Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: USC tight end Blake Ayles apologized for making an obscene gesture to a pair of Notre Dame fans during warmups before Saturday's game. Link to image of gesture. Thanks to Bert!
Joey Johnston, Tampa Tribune: South Florida: From flavor of the week to unranked.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Oklahoma is proof that pride in scheduling still matters.
Seth Emerson, Columbia State: South Carolina receiver will not play Saturday against Vanderbilt after suffering a concussion in the Gamecocks' loss at Alabama.
Jonathan Okanes, Bear Talk: Turns out that California's decision to stay an extra night in a hotel in Pasadena before its game against UCLA didn't cost the team anything. The Pacific 10 is picking up the bill.
Phil Stukenborg, Commercial Appeal: Memphis quarterback Tyler Bass, who started three games, will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.
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