Dave Birkett, Ann Arbor.com: Alex Herron, who was named in a Notice of Allegations the NCAA sent to Michigan last month, is no longer part of the program. A spokesperson declined to say why Herron is no longer with the program or what led to his departure.
Scott D. Pierce, Deseret News: After a battle that lasted more than six months, Versus and DirecTV have settled differences. The sports channel returned to the satellite TV provider's lineup on Monday.
Greg Dooley, M Victors: Bo Schembechler's old business card is available on eBay.
Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: The Liberty Bowl got a much-sought Dec. 31 slot on ESPN's postseason lineup. The last two years, the game was played on Jan. 2.
Ann Arbor.com: An apology for an inappropriate remark made during a live chat.
Brian Kollars, Dayton Daily News: Ohio State extend Jim Tressel's contract for two years. The new deal runs through Jan. 31, 2015 — the end of the 2014 season.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington quarterback Jake Locker participated last weekend in the Los Angeles Angels minor league camp. Locker was the Angels' 10th-round pick last June and the team decided to sign him to a contract, reportedly worth roughly $300,000, to hold his rights in case he ever wanted to play baseball.
Cliff Peale, Cincinnati Enquirer: It appears Cincinnati got Butch Jones on the cheap. He will make at least $1 million this year as coach, with guaranteed increases of $50,000 through his five-year deal.
Billings Gazette: The Bobby Bowden speaking tour continues, this time with a stop in Billings.
Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Air Force and Florida State have canceled a home-and-home series for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times: Washington defensive end Andru Pulu was booked on investigation of assault.
Patrick Orr, Idaho Statesman: Boise State safety Jason Robinson was charged with felony aggravated battery.
Associated Press: The Missouri Legislature is considering a bill to provide up to $10 million in tax credit incentives in hopes of improving the state’s chances of playing host to major sports events.
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