Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press: The practice of oversigning has caught the attention of the Justice Department, which is examining the legality of the NCAA's renewable scholarship policy.
Steve Berkowitz, USA Today: The Internal Revenue Service has begun audits of more than 30 colleges that could include examinations of how schools determine the compensation of highly paid employees, including coaches and athletic administrators.
Bob Lowry, Huntsville Times: A Birmingham activist is trying to dissuade Alabama legislators and public officials from accepting free tickets to the 2010 Iron Bowl game between Auburn and Alabama. The Huntsville Times reported that Alabama and Auburn gave away more than $100,000 worth of free football tickets in 2007 to elected and appointed state and federal officials.
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Fresno State's Pat Hill expects the Mountain West will extend an invitation to Boise State. "They're going to expand. I think that's a good move for the Mountain West right now. That really helps them. Boise is a very popular item. That's a reward for doing well."
Dick Harmon, Deseret News: In the past four years, major bowl games involving Mountain West and Western Athletic Conference teams on average have had higher television ratings and larger game attendance than the major bowl games involving Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Link to chart.
Andy Staples, SI.com: Are the folks behind the Bowl Championship Series bad at business, or guilty of collusion?
Jon Wilner, College Hotline: Pacific 10 Conference commissioner Larry Scott will not introduce legislation this summer to change an NCAA rule requiring conferences to have at least 12 members in order to field a title game.
Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Why the Southeastern Conference can't ignore what the Big Ten might do.
Greg Auman, St. Petersburg Times: Big East commissioner John Marinatto won't get caught up in expansion talk. "To me, sitting in the seat that I [sit in], it's just irresponsible and inappropriate to speculate, and speculate on other people's speculation, to feed into that frenzy."
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii offensive coordinator Ron Lee has resigned, and Mouse Davis, the father of the run-and-shoot offense, said he is "absolutely" interested in rejoining the Warrior staff.
Rich Kaipust, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska sent a survey to an estimated 20,000 people asking them to evaluate their interest level in possible expansion of Memorial Stadium.
James Clark, KCBD: A Texas Tech official essentially called Mike Leach a liar in new court documents.
Dallas Morning News: House Judiciary Committee member Linda Sanchez criticized the hiding of injuries in sports after hearing testimony surrounding the Leach-Adam James case.
Ken Tysiac, Charlotte Observer: The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that it will upgrade its instant replay systems from standard definition to high-definition.
Greg Coin, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse University saw its endowment plummet by nearly $300 million in the 2008-09 school year — a fall of about 33%, according to documents filed last week with the federal government.
Paul Flemming, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida's Supreme Court refused to hear the NCAA's appeal of lower court rulings that forced the athletics organization to publicly release records on academic cheating at Florida State. The NCAA and Florida State will have to pay legal costs of the more than 20 media outlets that filed the lawsuit. Initial filings showed that total was about $200,000.
Columbus Dispatch: Is Ohio State trying to keep Cincinnati out of Big Ten expansion talk?
Adam H. Beasley, Miami Herald: Lamar Abel, the former Florida walk-on player who died suddenly over the weekend, was unconscious when authorities arrived at his off-campus apartment and possibly suffered a seizure.
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