Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan said he talked to the Pacific 10 to inquire about "potential opportunities" for the Warriors if the league decides to expand.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida's program received two years of probation for violations involving improper phone calls and text messages to recruits. Former recruiting administrator Ed Marynowitz and former director of player personnel Steve Rubio combined to place 209 improper phone calls and about 100 improper text messages to 27 prospects and their parents, NCAA and Central Florida investigations found.
Don Kausler Jr., Birmingham News: Marynowitz is now the director of player personnel at Alabama.
Steve Yanda, Washington Post: The Maryland and Texas athletic departments plan to jointly request an exemption to a recently passed NCAA rule, which subjects "publicly designated" coaches-in-waiting to the same recruiting restrictions as current head coaches.
Eric Lacy, Detroit News: Four current or former Michigan State players pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and conspiracy charges as part of plea deals to earn lighter sentences for their role in a Nov. 22 fight on campus.
Penn State Clips: Joe Paterno recently had surgery to correct his vision, and here's what he looks like without the glasses.
Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Aiulua Fanene, a defensive tackle who had a starring role in a "60 Minutes" segment last month about the popularity of football in American Samoa, signed a national letter of intent with Arizona. Click here to view the segment.
Brandon Chatmon, Oklahoman: Quarterback Alex Cate has left the Oklahoma State program. It is unclear where the senior-to-be plans to finish his collegiate career. Cate started in place of an injured Zac Robinson on Nov. 19 against Colorado, but when the Cowboy offense struggled in the first half, Cate was replaced by Brandon Weeden, who led Oklahoma State to a 31-28 comeback victory.
Paige Kirby, Daily Gamecock: South Carolina plans to start construction on $200 million in facility renovations, including the building of an athletics village.
Miami Herald: Miami has cut ticket prices in more than 40 sections of Sun Life Stadium.
Ken Gordon, Columbus Dispatch: A late addition to Ohio State's recruiting class is Adam Griffin, son of two-time Heisman winner and Buckeye legend Archie Griffin.
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star: Kansas is right for trying to kick Lawrence small-businessman Larry Sinks and his Joe College T-shirt store out of school.
Steve Campbell, Houston Chronicle: Houston has hired a firm for a stadium feasibility study.
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