Megan Pearl, Maneater: The president of the Missouri Students Association has proposed getting a live tiger as a football mascot. One student comments: "If we got a tiger we could let it roam campus. It would make getting to class a little more interesting."
Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: George Pinkel, the father of Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, died at the age of 83. Although his dad was never one to show emotion, the son recalled the hours after he played his first game at Kent State, where he was a tight end. "There were a bunch of people over at our house," Pinkel said. "He came back in the bedroom, and he wrapped his arms around me, and he just started sobbing. Thanking me and saying how proud he was of me."
Los Angeles Times: Michael Barrett, the man who spied on Erin Andrews through her hotel room door and posted nude videos of her on the Internet, may face time in federal prison and more than $300,000 in restitution.
Bruce Cadwallader, Columbus Dispatch: Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett has requested an early release from prison after serving nearly half of his 7.5-year sentence for aggravated-robbery and gun convictions.
John Consoli, Media Week: ABC affiliates are boiling mad that corporate sibling ESPN is being handed live sports events they were initially supposed to carry.
T. Rees Shapiro, Washington Post: Former Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon, who know works for a mortgage company, remains a target for bitter fans. "People call me say they hate me and then hang up," he said. One emailer wrote that he would start writing Glennon's cellphone number "on bathroom walls."
Jim Brunner, Seattle Times: A plan to renovate Washington's Husky Stadium was handed a setback when a legislative panel cut the facility out of a bill that divvies up hundreds of millions of dollars in future King County tax revenues.
Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee: What's the hangup with Pat Hill's contract?
Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader: Former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin has been named receivers coach at Kentucky.
Eleven Warriors: O-H-I-O in the snow.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida is not raising ticket prices for the 2010 season and will expand tailgating hours in limited donor lots.
Des Moines Register: Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the first-degree murder trial of Mark Becker, who is charged in the shooting for Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) High coach Ed Thomas.
Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada sportsbooks showed a profit of 8.3% on Super Bowl bets, the 14th time in 15 years the books have won. Statewide, the handle was $82.7 million, off from the record $94.5 million wagered on the 2006 game.
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