Vic Lombardi, KCNC-TV: Embattled Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is telling assistants that he'll be back for another year, regardless of what happens in Friday's game against Nebraska. The report is attributed to two unnamed sources inside the Colorado program.
Chris Vannini and Kate Jacobson, State News: Junior safety Roderick Jenrette and running back Glenn Winston were dismissed from Michigan State's team, but there has been no direct link to their involvement in an assault that occurred Sunday night in Rather Hall. Winston was jailed earlier this year for assaulting Spartan hockey player A.J. Sturges, who required hospitalization and was unable to play during the 2008-09 season.
Nick Malawskey, Centre Daily Times: Want six chairback seats between the 40-yard lines for Penn State's home game against Alabama on Sept. 10, 2011? They’re yours — if you donate at least $12,000 to the Nittany Lion Club for the privilege, under new seating guidelines outlined in a mailing to season ticket holders this week.
Pete Thamel, New York Times: Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick is ready for the media glare that will come with the search for a new coach.
Brian Hamilton, Chicago Tribune: Charlie Weis likely won't be the only one leaving South Bend. A home in South Bend belonging to the family of Jimmy Clausen has been sold, fueling speculation that the quarterback will give up his senior season of eligibility and declare himself available for the NFL draft.
John Walters, FanHouse: Let's make something clear: CJ's Pub, where Clausen took one to the face, is not a "restaurant" or "establishment" You don't go there to dine with the family. You go there to drink cheap pitchers. With a photo of the joint.
Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News: Is Jim Harbaugh ready for a new job? His short answer: "I will be at Stanford."
Ken Goe, Oregonian: There is growing discontent between Oregon fans and the athletic department, much of it surrounding a video titled "I Love My Ducks" made by a three-student rap group named Supwitchugirl, which released the video on YouTube. The group had a preliminary agreement with the University of Oregon bookstore to print and sell 10,000 "I Love My Ducks" T-shirts, but the deal was nixed at the last minute by the university.
Andy Staples, SI.com: Confused over the Pacific 10 Conference's TV deal? You're not alone.
Phil Stukenborg and Geoff Calkins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Washington Redskins defensive assistant Jerry Gray is emerging as the likely candidate to become coach at Memphis, replacing Tommy West. Is Gray the right choice? Perhaps not.
Laura Smitherman and Don Markus, Baltimore Sun: Maryland governor Martin O'Malley said public money should not be used to buy out the contract of Ralph Friedgen, if that's what officials in College Park decide to do.
David Brandt, Clarion Ledger: Mississippi's Houston Nutt said eight recruits stayed away from Oxford last weekend because of the Ku Klux Klan's presence on campus.
Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal: Louisville's Steve Kragthorpe begins a week of discomfort.
Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh's starting offensive linemen are sporting bleached-blonde Mohawk haircuts as they prepare for Friday's game at West Virginia. "You better be ready to back it up — that's what I told them," Dave Wannstedt said.
Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald: Bobby Bowden is tarnishing his legend and the program he built by remaining as Florida State coach.
Alan Schwarz, New York Times: The NFL will soon require teams to receive advice from independent neurologists while treating players with brain injuries. Ira Casson and David Viano, co-chairmen of the league's committee on brain injuries, have resigned from the group.
Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times: Authorities are trying to determine who splashed cardinal and gold paint — USC school colors — all over a statue of the UCLA Bruin mascot on the Westwood campus.
Sports Radio Interviews: Louisiana State's Les Miles talks about coaching blunders at the end of the Mississippi game.
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal-Courier: A look at how first-year coaches fared.
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: USC receiver Damian Williams, who has been sidelined more than two weeks because of a sprained ankle, has been cleared to play in Saturday's game against UCLA.
Peter Mucha, Philadelphia Inquirer: Former Michigan standout Jon Runyan announced that he will run for Congress in New Jersey in 2010.
Awful Announcing: Fox and ABC have released their announcing lineups for Bowl Championship Series games.
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