Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Alabama spent nearly $2 million more than Texas on the Bowl Championship Series title game. The Crimson Tide spent $4,296,631 on the eight-day trip, with almost a third of the expenses coming from bonuses to coaches and administrators. Texas spent $2,359,051 over eight days. Plus, South Carolina and Connecticut broke even on the Papajohns.com Bowl.
Esquire: The magazine is running a contest for "sexiest woman alive," which consists of online voting featuring 64 candidates in an NCAA tournament-like bracket. One of the candidates is USC's Lane Kiffin, seeded 16th, who is currently trouncing Natalie Gulbis, a No. 1-seeded candidate.
Scott Carter, Tampa Tribune: Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt filed a lawsuit against the university and USF Foundation. Leavitt is seeking restitution for what his attorneys claim is a "breach of written contractual promises made to coach Leavitt in March 2008, as well as for accountability by USF for refusal to comply with the Florida Public Records laws.'' Link to documents related to the case.
Greg Auman and Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg Times: "I wouldn't have done anything different," Leavitt said. From here on out, all that matters is money. For Leavitt, there is nothing else to play for.
Tim Leighton, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Seantrel Henderson, the 6-foot-8, 340-pound offensive tackle recruit, plans to sign his letter of intent to USC on Thursday.
John Hunt, Oregonian: The Oregon student at the center of the Jeremiah Masoli and Garrett Embry case says some fellow students have been giving him a hard time for dragging the players into the theft case.
Dawson Bell, Detroit News: The only known wolverine in the wilds of Michigan has been found dead near where it was first spotted in 2004.
Dave Birkett, Ann Arbor.com: A look at what's at stake for Michigan in its case against the NCAA. A look at who will represent the university at the NCAA hearing, scheduled for Aug. 13-14 in Seattle. Although the Wolverines are likely to lose practice time, some don't think that's a big deal. Plus, answers to questions about the investigation.Dave Hooker, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Former Tennessee players were told last month they could not watch the team go through conditioning drills, a misunderstanding Derek Dooley has attempted to clear up in recent days.
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech and Southern Methodist have moved their opener to Sept. 5, a Sunday, to accommodate a national telecast by ESPN and ESPN360.com.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Steve Sarkisian has a friend in the Kansas City Royal clubhouse.
Candace Nelson, Charleston Daily Mail: Rebecca Durst, the second woman to serve as West Virginia's Mountaineer mascot, has handed over the musket duties.
Associated Press: Idaho's Robb Akey has agreed in principle to a new contract.
Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina backup quarterback Aramis Hillary has requested a jury trial on the alcohol-related charges stemming from a traffic stop last week.
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