Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Mark Emmert, president of the University of Washington, was named president of the NCAA, effective Nov. 1. Eighteen months ago, he said: "I happen to be one that thinks it's inevitable we'll have a [Division I-A football] playoff."
Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star: Emmert can talk about change, can talk himself blue in the face about an NCAA-led playoff, but ultimately, he's powerless to do anything about it.
Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times: A Pacific 10 Conference coach has been found in violation of NCAA rules for retaining a paid consultant to attend practices and watch games — circumstances identical to those surrounding former USC coach Pete Carroll's hiring of an NFL veteran to help with the Trojans' punting and kicking teams — according to an internal Pac-10 report.
Matt Murschel, College Gridiron 365: While the average person will change jobs 10 times between the ages of 18 and 42, the life expectancy of a college football coach is much smaller. In the past decade, there have been 190 coaching changes among teams in Division I-A — an average of 19 openings per season. More than half of those changes (98) have occurred in the past five seasons, with 23 openings this past season.
Penn State Clips: Penn State is planning to make Beaver Stadium louder next season, thanks to a team of acoustic scientists.
Lee Barfnecht, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman echoes statements made earlier by athletic director Tom Osborne, who said the Cornhuskers plan to be a player in any expansion talks. Thanks to Billy.
John Solomon, Birmingham News: Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive said that, "if there's going to be a significant shift in the conference paradigm, the SEC will be strategic and thoughtful in order to maintain its position as one of the nation's premiere conferences."
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Former SEC commissioner Harvey Schiller said Texas nearly joined the SEC in 1992. "The state legislature [in Texas] somehow got wind of it through Texas A&M and said we had to bring in both schools or we couldn't take Texas," Schiller said. The SEC didn't want A&M and ultimately the teams would leave the Southwest Conference and join the Big 12.
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: Expand the Big Ten, and every other conference.
Jon Wilner, College Hotline: Winners and losers in the recent NFL draft. Charlie Weis' 2006 recruiting class — ranked No. 5 nationally — had only two players picked: Sam Young and Eric Olsen, and both went in the sixth round.
Michael Rothstein, Ann Arbor.com: Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon doesn't rule out the possibility of adding seats to 106,201-seat Michigan Stadium.
Michael DiRocco, Florida Times-Union: Former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez acknowledged he failed one drug test while playing for the Gators, but denied a report that he failed multiple tests in his three seasons in Gainesville.
Ben Volin, Gator Bytes: There are plenty of loopholes in Florida's substance-abuse punishment policies.
Jeff Brumley, Florida Times-Union: Tim Tebow may have found a perfect home in evangelical Colorado.
David Jones, Florida Today: Former Florida Gators announcer Steve Babik pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one court of receipt and distribution of child pornography. Babik, 50, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five and a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment for this offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2.
Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal: A fight between Nevada players Duke Williams and Marlon Johnson escalated into a second fight that sent Johnson to a hospital emergency room.
Lorenzo Perez, ACC Now: Four North Carolina State players face drug charges after police found marijuana in their off-campus apartment.
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia walk-on offensive lineman Josh Parrish was suspended indefinitely by Mark Richt after he was arrested on charges of possessing a fake ID and underage possession of alcohol.
Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post: Former Tennessee receiver Nu'Keese Richardson is trying to rebuild his playing career at Hampton University.
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