Winston Ross, Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon kicker Rob Beard was hospitalized in critical condition after he took a beating on the streets of Eugene, according to police.
Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune: Northwestern's Pat Fizgerald is moving up. He purchased a newly built, six-bedroom mansion in suburban Northfield for $2.3 million and has listed his three-bedroom house in Evanston for $599,000.
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun: Urban Meyer said he plans to be coaching Florida on the first day of spring practice.
Dave Flessner and Wes Rucker, Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee's coaching shuffle put Volunteer athletics in the red last year. The department reported a loss of nearly $3.2 million.
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: As the Big Ten considers expansion, Missouri mulls its options.
Ron Bellamy, Eugene Register-Guard: Terrifying story involving Oregon fans encountering a life-and-death situation on the drive home from the Rose Bowl.
Jack McElroy, Knoxville News Sentinel: Robin Kiffin, the mother of Lane Kiffin, said her daughter-in-law Layla received 1,200 hateful emails after Lane announced he was leaving Tennessee for USC.
Michael DiRocco, Florida Times-Union: Tim Tebow's appearance in a anti-abortion ad that will air during the Super Bowl has generated positive and negative buzz.
Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: West Virginia quarterback Eugene Smith, the assumed starter next season, broke a bone in his left foot last week during a conditioning workout. He is expected to be out at least six weeks.
Bob Hunter, Columbus Dispatch: Bowl wins by Big Ten teams have helped warm the winter days.
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