Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Do you need a five-star quarterback to win a championship?
Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Big Ten expansion could have a revolutionary effect on college sports and lead to a college football playoff. It could also make the NCAA irrelevant.
Oregonian editorial: The last thing the University of Oregon needs is to give anyone the impression that it's a place with so much money sloshing around that it can blithely make secret deals and hand anyone, even the most successful football coach in school history, a couple million dollars just to go on his way.
Ron Bellamy, Eugene Register-Guard: At Tuesday's news conference, Oregon president Richard Lariviere seemed to promise that things will be different in the future. Then again, it took an investigation by the state attorney general's office and the state system of higher education to force such a press conference to begin with.
Bruce Cadwallader, Columbus Dispatch: Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was granted early release from prison and sent to a community-based correctional facility. He will be there for four to six months, depending on his behavior.
Tom Mulhern, Capital Times: Wisconsin's Bret Bielema tweeted that he wanted a home and home series against either Nebraska or Notre Dame, but the reality is that it's probably not going to happen. If Bielema was looking to play a name opponent, why didn't he agree to a game last year against Texas?
Mr. SEC: Phelon Jones, a Louisiana State-to-Alabama transfer, makes a statement the Tiger fans will notice.
Chris Low, ESPN.com: South Carolina's Steve Spurrier says he will take over play-calling duties in the fall.
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Ralph Bolden, Purdue's leading rusher in 2009, is expected to miss the 2010 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Redshirt freshman Al-Terek McBurse steps in for Bolden.
Dave Mackall, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Former Pittsburgh and Stanford coach Walt Harris is expected to be named an assistant coach at California (Pa.).
Scott Carter, Tampa Tribune: South Florida senior offensive lineman Zach Hermann, the most experienced lineman on the team with 26 career starts, has decided to end his playing career because of a lingering neck injury.
Hartford Courant: Connecticut freshman linebacker Mike Osiecki was arrested for shoplifting.
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