Frank Deford, National Public Radio: Why in Division I football alone should the NCAA be hijacked by six conferences and Notre Dame, which run the BCS in a way that virtually ensures that no other college team could ever qualify for its title game? Don't forget this: Florida won the BCS this past year. North Carolina won the NCAA basketball tournament. North Carolina is national champion. Florida is not. It is merely champion of the BCS cartel. Listen to segment.
Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News: Is Oklahoma losing because of a "brain drain" of coaching talent? Mike Leach, Mark Mangino, Mike Stoops, Chuck Long and Kevin Sumlin have all left Bob Stoops' staff in recent seasons. It seems like a good theory, until it was fouled up by actual logic.
Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: Florida's Urban Meyer seemed to take an indirect shot at the Miami Hurricanes when asked about the difficulties for injured or backup players. "The worst thing that can happen to a player is he sits home and watches TV or SpongeBob or whatever the heck those kids watch,'' Meyer said. After defeating Oklahoma, Miami quarterback Jacory Harris told his teammates that they weren't allowed to watch ESPN but could watch "SpongeBob SquarePants,'' according to Miami coach Randy Shannon.
Derek Redd, Palm Beach Post: Florida State's Bobby Bowden says he is "strongly leaning" toward coming back in 2010. "I just hope I can present a case out there that would warrant that," he said.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Upon further review, college football's replay system still needs work.
John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald: Surgery on the right knee of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin was called "very successful" by coach Art Briles.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Ken Hoffman, the executive director of the Little Caesars Bowl, says the game is still part of the Big Ten's postseason plans.
Josh Langenbacher, Penn Live: What would Penn State players change in college football? Quarterback Daryll Clark and running back Stephfon Green would like to see a playoff. Cornerback A.J. Wallace wants to get paid.
Indianapolis Star: The NCAA's settlement of a lawsuit challenging its policy barring athletes from using advisers during contract talks isn't ending debate about the rule. The governing body last week agreed to pay $750,000 to former Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver, who sued after he was ruled ineligible for using legal advisers in negotiations with a big league club.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Alabama's past sins are gone, but not forgotten by the NCAA.
Karen Crouse, New York Times: A look at the Oaks Christian High team in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where the sons of Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky and Will Smith are members of the team. Quarterback Nick Montana is headed to Washington next season.
Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami will travel by bus to Saturday's game in Orlando against Central Florida.
Tim Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia backup cornerback Vance Cuff has been suspended from Saturday's game at Vanderbilt after being arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and emerging from an alley.
Teddy Feinberg, Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico State running back Marquell Colston has been charged with aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony, following an alleged altercation with his girlfriend. He has been suspended indefinitely by the team.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: Former San Diego State offensive lineman Lance Louis has been charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from an altercation with another Aztecs player in November. Louis was accused of assaulting starting safety Nick Sandford in a team meeting room. Sandford, now a senior on the team, suffered a concussion, broken eardrum and fractured cheekbone. Louis apparently wasn't disciplined by then-head coach Chuck Long. Sandford's father, Paul, had said Long told him last year that he was "concerned about his quarterback" if Louis, one of the team's best blockers, were suspended. Sandford also said Long told him he "didn't want to upset" Louis' chances of getting drafted by an NFL team.
Paul Flemming Tallahassee Democrat: The NCAA is making a final push to take its open-records appeal to the Florida Supreme Court even as Florida State officials released the documents.
James Jahnke, Detroit Free Press: Michigan will introduce closed captioning at Michigan Stadium for hard-of-hearing fans. The services will be available on both video boards and the concourse televisions for the rest of the season and will include all public-address announcements and on-field officials’ calls.
Bill Novak, Capital Times: Fans attending the Iowa-Wisconsin game in Madison will not be allowed to bring in bags, backpacks, purses or any type of carry-on into Camp Randall because of security concerns.
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