Luisa Yanez, Miami Herald: Florida International running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death on campus Thursday night. Barry, a junior, was fatally wounded outside a recreation center by another man. The two had been in an argument. The university said spring practice would be suspended indefinitely.
Matthew McGowan, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lawyers for a local school district want Mike Leach’s legal team to pay nearly $10,000 for a massive stack of documents relating to Tommy Tuberville and his children. Frenship Independent School District attorneys are billing Leach for the time they spent compiling and reviewing some 17,000 pages of records he requested through a subpoena.
Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News: More legal troubles for Rich Rodriguez. The Michigan coach is one of several defendants being sued in Alabama over a real-estate deal gone bad. West Columbia Trading Company of South Carolina is asking for more than $995,000 plus interest on a $1-million loan for the Legends of Tuscaloosa complex built near Bryant-Denny Stadium. The suit claims payment was due Dec. 31, 2007. Illinois assistant Ron West is also a defendant.
Joe Henderson, Tampa Tribune: One has to wonder what's going on inside Urban Meyer's head? A rational person doesn't behave this way. He is supposed to be reducing stress in his life, but instead he is seeking ways to create more.
Steve Duin, Oregonian: Has the Oregon athletic program become the private plaything of rich men like Phil Knight and Pat Kilkenny?
George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard: In an American Football Coaches Association survey taken earlier this year, 93% of Division I-A coaches prefer the bowls over a playoff, and 85% say that they like the way the Bowl Championship Series picks its teams.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The Alabama athletics department spent $188,442.62 for a law firm to defend the university in its NCAA major infractions case that ended this week.
Austin Ward and Dave Hooker, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Freshman All-American offensive lineman Aaron Douglas has asked for his release from the Tennessee program, joining running back Bryce Brown as the second high-profile player in a little more than a week to leave the program. The door is not completely closed for Brown, however. He was a guest at Thursday's practice.
Joseph Person, Gina Smith and Wayne Washington, Columbia State: Black lawmakers, angry that the General Assembly could refuse to reappoint the University of South Carolina's lone black trustee, said some of the school's athletic recruits have been called and apprised of what lawmakers described as the state's racially inhospitable climate. "I think [legislators] need to take their anger somewhere besides the football program," coach Steve Spurrier said.
Jason Clayworth, Des Moines Register: Iowa State's Paul Rhoads choked up during a presentation before the Iowa House, which congratulated the team for its win at the Insight Bowl. While speaking to legislators, Rhoads had to momentarily stop after choking up a bit. He joked that he is never sure when emotion is going to strike. Representatives laughed.
Jordan Blum, Baton Rouge Advocate: Louisiana State is self-reporting NCAA recruiting violations involving improper telephone contact, transportation and housing involving a former assistant coach and player.
Paul Buker, Oregonian: Oregon State and Brigham Young announced a home and home series that will start in 2011.
Sal Interdonato, Middletown Times-Herald Record: Is Army close to scheduling a series with Stanford?
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