Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press: Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon earned a master's degree in semantics while discussing the university's self-imposed penalties on the football program. Brandon thought it was inappropriate when asked if the word "cheated" applied to Michigan's conduct over the period investigated. The word he chose was "mistake."
Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press: Now that Michigan has acknowledged four major NCAA violations, the question remains: Will it be enough to prevent additional sanctions from the governing body in August?
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: Through it all, Michigan still backs Rich Rodriguez.
Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports: Rodriguez will not be fired for this case, but know this: He will be gone if there isn’t dramatic improvement by his team in the fall.
John Walters, FanHouse: Maybe Michigan isn't the problem. Maybe it's the system that needs fixing.
David Jesse, Ann Arbor.com: Experts say Michigan faces an uphill battle in fighting NCAA charges against Rodriguez.
Steve Wieberg, USA Today: Texas as an independent? It's a possibility, athletic director DeLoss Dodds said. "We've had those conversations. We've thought about it. It's a possibility, but it's not something we're thinking about seriously,. You could do it in football. It hurts basketball badly unless you find a conference. It's got lots of flaws."
Nate Carlisle, Salt Lake Tribune: The NCAA will no longer accept Brigham Young University's online courses, part of a larger effort to clamp down on online or mailed-correspondence courses taken by athletes.
Idaho Statesman: Boise State president Robert Kustra issued a statement denouncing the Bowl Championship Series' "revenue discrimination."
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Supreme Court Justice and Nebraska fan Clarence Thomas, in Lincoln for a speaking engagement, joked that he might return for the Cornhuskers' Oct. 16 game against Texas, the team that benefited from an extra second in the Big 12 title game. "I'm going to be the timekeeper," he said.
Andrea Adelson, College Gridiron 365: Even if USC is found guilty of major NCAA violations in the Reggie Bush case, it would remain the Associated Press' 2004 national champion.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Southeastern Conference commissioner MIke Slive earned every penny of his $2.1 million salary last year.
Scott Carter, Tampa Tribune: South Florida's Skip Holtz is open to restarting the series with Central Florida. "I'm not opposed to it. I like the geographical rivalries that it creates for your fan base."
Laken Litman, Dallas Morning News: The Big 12 and Pacific 10 have talked about forming a football scheduling alliance for TV, similar to the conferences’ basketball Hardwood Series.
Brett McMurphy, FanHouse: Big East commissioner John Marinatto said a Big East TV network "is definitely on the table" when the league's current deals with ESPN/ABC and CBS end after the 2012-13 school year.
Patrick Orr, Idaho Statesman: Suspended Boise State safety Jason Robinson has been ordered to spend 180 days in jail and pay at least $29,000 in restitution for breaking another man's jaw during a fight at a Boise bar.
Philip Hersh, Chicago Tribune: ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished third in "Dancing With The Stars."
Eric Deggans, National Sports Journalism Center: Now that Andrews' "Dancing With The Stars" run is over, the question arises: can ESPN keep this exploding star in the fold? And if so, will the network find a better showcase for her than quizzing starstruck college football players on the edges of a game’s action?
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: The countdown continues with a look at No. 100 Alabama Birmingham.
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