Nick Daschel, Buster Sports: The biggest cheats of all time in the Pacific 10 Conference. USC, once again awaiting the NCAA hammer, has a sizable lead over the field.
Vince Bonsignore, Los Angeles Daily News: David Sills, the 13-year-old quarterback from Delaware who was offered a scholarship by USC coach Lane Kiffin, was the headline act at Steve Clarkson's "Dreammaker Tour" stop at the Rose Bowl. According to the Daily News' Scott Wolf, parents paid $200 for the right to have their kids impress Clarkson. Wolf also posted a photo of a billboard in Pasadena promoting Clarkson's tour.
Dan McFeely, Indianapolis Star: Purdue Pete, the Boilermakers' big, brawny mascot, is getting a makeover. Purdue officials want to update and soften the image of the rugged 70-year-old icon, who often makes kids cry. "Look, I'm the one who gets the phone calls from parents who say that big face scares their 3-year-old," athletic director Morgan Burke said.
Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year who missed 2009 battling cancer, could be back on the field this fall.
Mark Baker, Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon's winter of discontent. The Ducks' problems outside the lines are not unique to big-time college football. A timeline of the troubles surrounding the program and how the team has tried to recruit players who don't arrive with "baggage."
Dave Konopki, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Forget Texas, Missouri and Rutgers. The only school that should be invited to join the Big Ten is Pittsburgh.
Roy Lang III, Shreveport Times: ACC officials profess their love for the Independence Bowl.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: NCAA must make sickle cell testing mandatory.
Bud Poliquin, Syracuse Post-Standard: Golf and football are a bit alike. The former has its "silly season;" the latter has the NFL combine.
Heisman Pundit: Another vote against the combine.
Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: Should Florida's Jeff Demps quit football and focus on track? The answer, according to one track coach, is no.
Jared Eborn, Deseret News: Utah State quarterback Kane Wilson was arraigned in Logan City Court after his arrest on misdemeanor charges of possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nick Deriso, Monroe News Star: New Louisiana Monroe coach Sonny Dykes has a five-year deal that will pay him $2.5 million.
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