Dave Kindred, National Sports Journalism Center: Gambling has no place in the games, no place in the newspaper. It has corrupted games and the people around them in ways we know, in ways we suspect, and in ways we will never know.
Kyle Veazey, Clarion Ledger: A look inside the replay booth at Mississippi State's Scott Field. It has a low ceiling, two high chairs and three monitors — all in a space that can't be any larger than the average cell at Parchman State Penitentiary.
Alan Schwarz, New York Times: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell faced heated questioning from a House Judiciary Committee over the league's handling of active and retired players with head injuries. Evidence is mounting of a link between playing football and cognitive impairment in later life.
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC safety Taylor Mays' name came up during the House hearing. Representative Dan Lungren, a Notre Dame graduate, said he "saw a headhunter on the field" tear off the helmet of FIghting Irish receiver Robby Parris two weeks ago.
Gordon Jackson, Florida Times-Union: What recession? Fans are already starting to arrive in Jacksonville and the surrounding area for Saturday's Florida-Georgia game.
Kirk Bohls, Austin American Statesman: Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant may have just become a symbol for the NCAA's ultimate — if unchecked and borderline unreasonable — power.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: The Rose Bowl's dream scenario is as easy as 1-2-3-4. The top four ranked teams in the final Bowl Championship Series standings could end up playing in the Rose Bowl in January.
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News: National notebook, leading with the tough road games for Texas and USC.
Evan Woodbery, Mobile Press-Register: About that relationship between Mississippi's Houston Nutt and Auburn offense coordinator Gus Malzahn. Well, they really don't have a relationship.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: Former New Mexico coach Rocky Long will have a reunion with his former team on Saturday. He's now the defensive coordinator at San Diego State.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Lane Kiffin was not taking a shot at Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive with his "one of those letters than mean nothing" comment. He meant a letter from the SEC office acknowledging that its officials had missed a call.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike did not practice Wednesday, but he has not been ruled out of Saturday's game at Syracuse.
Dave Rahme, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse is doing all it can to get people into the Carrier Dome for Saturday's game against the Bearcats.
Brian Rosenthal, Lincoln Journal Star: The playing career of Nebraska's Blake Lawrence is over after the linebacker suffered his fourth concussion in 18 months.
Paul Buker, Oregonian: The college career of Oregon State quarterback Lyle Moevao is over after he suffered a foot injury in Tuesday's practice.
David Ubben, Oklahoman: Sam Bradford underwent successful surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: North Texas got approval to build a new stadium.
Brian Cook, M Go Blog: Why is Michigan's pass defense so awful? The Wolverines have zero defensive backs left on the roster from the 2005 and 2006 recruiting classes.
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State left guard Justin Boren will miss Saturday's game against New Mexico State because of a foot injury.
Associated Press: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina's leading receiver, missed practice because of an illness.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist coach June Jones said it will be a game-day decision on whether quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell plays Saturday at Tulsa.
Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times: UCLA defensive tackle Jerzy Siewierski is out indefinitely with a foot problem.
Marc Weiser, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia offensive lineman Vince Vance was arrested on a charge of driving without a license after he was stopped for running a red light.
Kim Smith, Arizona Daily Star: Former Arizona defensive lineman Johnathan Turner, on trial for sexual assault, now says the sex he had with a fellow student last year was consensual. In his first, 90-minute meeting with police detectives he repeatedly denied having sex with her at all.
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