Mark Snyder and Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press: Michigan will announce self-imposed penalties for five potential major NCAA violations next week. The NCAA committee on infractions could decide that Michigan's sanctions are sufficient or could assess additional penalties. Michigan officials are scheduled to appear before the committee Aug. 13-14 in Seattle. Plus, what the NCAA allegations say, a timeline of the investigation, what happens next and what the NCAA might ultimately decide.
John Ourand and Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN outbid Fox for rights to Atlantic Coast Conference football and basketball games. The league will get $155 million a year, dwarfing the average of $67 million the league was getting from its previous media deals, which expire at the end of the 2010-11 season, but falls well short of the $205 million a year that the Southeastern Conference gets from its new 15-year deals with CBS and ESPN.
Jon Wilner, College Sports Hotline: What does the ACC's deal mean for the Pacific 10? The fact that the ACC's deal is more than double its existing contract … and the fact that Fox was interested enough to join the fray, thus creating a bidding war … bodes well for the Pac-10.
Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: The Big Ten should heed the ACC's expansion travails.
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: Big Ten coaches, gathered for league meetings in Chicago, are enjoying the league's lofty stature.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: Notre Dame looks like it's working on an independent future.
Dan Wolken, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky on expansion: "It's OK to change conferences. Unlike other conferences, we're generally comfortable with that concept. We have no problem with having the conversation. We have it openly. We do believe, though, that while you're on the team, you have to support the team. That's something we talk about, and for the most part we've had a lot of support along those lines."
Christopher D. Kirkpatrick, Toledo Blade: Tuition is skyrocketing at Toledo and Bowling Green as the schools pay big salaries. Many of those collecting fat paychecks work in the athletic departments. Thanks to Ben Maller.
Adam H. Beasley, Miami Herald: Florida International's emergency response to the fatal stabbing of running back Kendall Berry was criticized.
Mike McGraw and Mark Morris, Kansas City Star: A former Kansas fundraiser solicited a plane ride for his son from a donor, a possible violation of university ethics rules. Boosters remain in an uproar over allegations of stolen tickets and possible inequities in the seating system.
Brandon Chatmon, Oklahoman: Former Arkansas defensive back David Gordon, who was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in late April, plans to transfer to Oklahoma State.
David Brandt, Clarion Ledger: Mississippi player Bennie Abram died from complications due to sickle cell trait, according to autopsy results.
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana charges.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Three Southern Methodist players were ruled academically ineligible.
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: A look at No. 108 Buffalo.
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