David Owens, Christine Dempsey and Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant: John W. Lomax III, a 21-year-old from Bloomfield, Conn., has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of Connecticut cornerback Jasper Howard.
Ron Mizutani, KHON-TV: Hawaii coach Greg McMackin, the state's highest-paid employee at $1.1 million a year, is feeling the heat from fans who are upset with the team's 2-5 record. One has started a Fire Greg McMackin Facebook page. Thanks to Ben Maller.
Paul Buker, Oregonian: Oregon State's James Rodgers chipped a tooth and got poked in the eye Saturday when his helmet was ripped off by USC's Taylor Mays, but the receiver isn't holding a grudge. "It wasn't bad,'' he said. "He was trying to make a play and he accidentally pulled my helmet off.'' Video of play. Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield also said that if the Beavers could have gotten the ball back one more time, "we would have scored."
Greg Doyel, CBS Sports.com: We're no longer living in a world where the Southeastern Conference rules.
Jeff Lockridge, Tennessean: Add Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson to the growing list of SEC coaches annoyed over questionable calls. Johnson wants an explanation for two official reviews that went against his team in Saturday's 14-10 loss to South Carolina.
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle: Some professors at California want the university to stop subsidizing sports.
Sports Media Watch: Big numbers for ESPN's telecast of the Mississippi State-Florida game. It did better than three of the five games between the Dodgers-Phillies National League Championship Series on TBS.
Ira Schoffel, Miami Herald: More proof that postseason awards are a joke. Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder did not make the list of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. Ponder is ranked in the top 10 nationally for all major passing categories.
T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times: Are things falling apart at UCLA? Depends who you ask.
Jay Koester, Turn Up the Orange: Texas El Paso's final two home games begin at 1 p.m., but officials refuse to allow tailgating on the inner campus before noon. Koester writes, "Sometimes I wonder if the UTEP administration really wants football fans on their campus at all."
Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune: Brigham Young is at a crossroads. The Cougars have to face down not just what they want to be, but what they can be and what they are.
Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Mike Leach if facing his first quarterback controversy at Texas Tech.
John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Not much was thought of the Big East Conference before the season, but the league is coming up huge on the national stage.
Ron Morris, Columbia State: No need to mess with success. The Bowl Championship Series is working to perfection.
Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It's time for conferences to get out of the officiating business.
Mike Stone, M Live: ESPN wimped out by suspending Griese.
Alan Schwarz, New York Times: The NFL's dementia study has flaws, experts say.
Doug Roberson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson calls allegations that his players made illegal blocks in its victory against Virginia "a joke."
Paul Flemming, Tallahassee Democrat: The NCAA, which ran out of legal options, has turned over documents in its sports-sanctions case against Florida State.
Gregg Becnel, Tampa Tribune: Note to South Florida's Jim Leavitt: There's something called the forward pass.
Michael Rothstein, Ann Arbor.com: A cyber-squatter's loss in court means a victory for some Michigan athletes.
Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa running back Adam Robinson and offensive lineman Dace Richardson will miss the rest of the regular season.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist. Did Northwestern gut Indiana for Iowa?
Quad City Times: Iowa governor Chet Culver caused a stir by congratulating Iowa for its win at Michigan State, but not Iowa State after the Cyclones' victory at Nebraska.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said he's not surprised the NCAA has decided to dig deeper into alleged rules violations in his program.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota receiver Eric Decker has been ruled out of the rest of the regular season because of a sprained foot.
Eric Lacy, Detroit News: There could be heavy wind, rain or snow — possibly all three — during Saturday night's game between Michigan State and Minnesota at the Golden Gophers' new outdoor stadium.
Associated Press: The NCAA has denied a request from Oklahoma defensive tackle Demarcus Granger for a medical hardship waiver that would allow him to play another season.
Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Boston College running back Josh Haden and quarterback Justin Tuggle are transferring.
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