Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Former Brigham Young quarterback Max Hall said Tim Tebow never made a prayer request before taking the Wonderlic test at the NFL combine. Pro Football Talk, quoting an anonymous source, made the claim. "Yeah, I heard about that [report]," Hall said. "It didn't happen. I sat right next to Tim the whole time, and he didn't say anything at all about praying. It's totally not true. Not true at all."
Matt James, Fresno Bee: Where is the new contract for Pat Hill? Fresno State announced the extension on Dec. 13, but the Bulldogs' loss to Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl has snuffed out momentum. It looks like Fresno State would like to stall this out for another year, to the end of Hill's current contract, and have the option of walking away from the coach without having to pay.
Austin Ward, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will have to pay $4 million if he decides to leave in the next two seasons. If Dooley is fired in the next three, the university will pay him $5 million.
Susan Palmer, Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon president Richard Lariviere never discussed salary terms with Mike Bellotti until he learned the athletic director planned to leave for a job with ESPN, the university disclosed. Once Bellotti announced his intention to leave, administrators discovered there was no employment contract and scrambled to figure out what if anything was due Bellotti as a severance payment. The sides eventually settled on $2.3 million.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Urban Meyer's outburst shows how far beat reporters have fallen.
Jeff Arnold, Ann Arbor.com: Damage to the block "M" at the 50-yard line of Michigan Stadium in a weekend vandalism incident likely was done with a large utility knife. Cost to repair the damage is between $1,500 and $2,000.
Alex Ybarra, Daily Toreador: Athletic director Gerald Myers, explaining Texas Tech's string of cupcake nonconference opponents in recent seasons, said it was former coach Mike Leach's philosophy to avoid scheduling nonleague games against Bowl Championship Series teams.
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield underwent surgery to repair an injury in his left foot. He is expected to resume throwing in 10 weeks. Quarterback Taylor Potts will miss up to a week of practice after tearing the webbing around the index finger of his throwing hand.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The Papajohns.com and Liberty bowls will share the Southeastern Conference's final two bowl picks, using an arrangement that asks the bowls to agree upon team selections before a rotation process occurs.
Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska is calling the defensive package it used at the end of last season against Texas and Arizona "the peso." Among other things, it figures to minimize defensive substitutions no matter what the offense does.
Brian Cook, M Go Blog: Teams that could be subject to NCAA penalties next year because of poor Athletic Progress Rate performance.
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