Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The officiating crew from last Saturday's Arkansas-Florida game will be removed from its next scheduled assignment on Oct. 31 and won't be assigned a game until Nov. 14, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive announced. Link to videos of two questionable calls and one non-call.
Curtis Eichelberger, Bloomberg: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has asked President Barack Obama to have the Justice Department investigate the Bowl Championship Series to determine if it violates the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Quarterback Steven Sheffield, two Tech sources said, will miss two-to-three weeks after he sustained a right foot injury during last Saturday’s 31-10 victory over Nebraska. This comes two games after Taylor Potts, who started the first five games, suffered a concussion during the Oct. 3 contest against New Mexico. Sheffield is believed to have been hurt on this play.
Associated Press: Fewer than 25% of all major collegiate athletic departments made money in 2007-08.
David Glenn, ACC Sports Journal: Florida State's Bobby Bowden, in an interview on 850 The Buzz in Raleigh, suggests that next year will be his last as coach.
Joseph Person and Seth Emerson, Columbia State: Alabama played the opening bars of AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" before a few first-half plays in the Crimson Tide's 20-6 victory against South Carolina at Bryant-Denny Stadium, a violation of Southeastern Conference rules prohibiting the uses of artificial noise.
Sam Allen, Daily Bruin: Members of the media were more interested in watching the finish of the USC-Notre Dame game than talking with UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel after the Bruins' 45-26 loss to California. "Would everyone like to watch the end of that ball game?" a bitter Neuheisel asked. "I am more than willing to wait."
Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun: The father of Chris Turner, Maryland's starting quarterback, is urging the school to replace Debbie Yow as athletic director. "Shes [sic] the absolute worst and will destroy your program! TRUST ME!" John Turner wrote on a Terrapin message board.
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: In spite of a 27.5% drop in attendance, Arizona State vice president for athletics Lisa Love believes an increase in ticket prices was necessary.
Joe Schad, ESPN: Terrelle Pryor's prep coach says the Ohio State quarterback would have been a better fit for Rich Rodriguez's offense at Michigan. "There is no question that Rich Rodriguez's offense, for example, would be more apt to suit Terrelle's skills," Ray Reitz said.
Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register: Nick Saban says the use of tape by a holder to help spot the placement of the ball for a kicker is not unusual and that he saw South Carolina do it last year. But Saban says Alabama will discontinue the practice. "It's something that will not do because it's certainly not worth a five-yard penalty," he said. Plus, the overall price tag for Alabama's legal representation in the school's recent NCAA textbook case was more than $175,000.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan said he is "frustrated" by the Warriors' 2-4 start. He will evaluate coach Greg McMackin and his staff at the end of the season, as is his policy. McMackin is in the second year of a five-year contract.
Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News: It's not the computers but the careless voting habits of the coaches that is likely to mess up the BCS selection process.
Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: How times change. Five years ago, Louisville was beating up on Cincinnati, 70-7. Now the roles have reversed, with the Bearcats at No. 5 in the BCS standings.
Sal Interdonato, Times Herald-Record: Army athletic director Kevin Anderson has talked to Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and expressed his concern about the way Army's game at Temple was officiated last Saturday. Army players were flagged 18 times and 14 penalties were accepted.
Paul Finebaum, Birmingham News: With only dull games left in the Southeastern Conference regular season, let's just fast-forward to the Florida-Alabama title game.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist. Purdue coach Danny Hope gave away his hat, his whistle and even his raincoat to fans on the field after the Boilermakers' victory over Ohio State.
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer: The official line from Ohio State is that the Buckeyes overlooked 1-5 Purdue before Saturday's upset loss.
Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News: Alabama said no to Tennessee's request to wear orange jerseys in Saturday's game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Chloe White, Knoxville News-Sentinel: A panel is being created to examine whether Volunteer athletics should continue reporting to the University of Tennessee system or shift to the Knoxville campus.
Doug Zaleski, Muncie Star-Press: Ball State quarterback Kelly Page is out for the remainder of the season after breaking the thumb on his right throwing hand.
Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: West Virginia defensive tackle Scooter Berry was suspended indefinitely by coach Bill Stewart after an arrest early Sunday morning outside an off-campus nightclub.
Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky safety Taiedo Smith has been tested for H1N1 flu.
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