Bruce Fleming, New York Times: The Naval Academy English professor, in an op-ed piece, writes that the academy has lost its way. "The academy’s former pursuit of excellence seems to have been pushed aside by the all-consuming desire to beat Notre Dame at football (as Navy did last year). To keep our teams in the top divisions of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, we fill officer-candidate slots with students who have been recruited primarily for their skills at big-time sports. That means we reject candidates with much higher predictors of military success (and, yes, athletic skills that are more pertinent to military service) in favor of players who, according to many midshipmen who speak candidly to me, often have little commitment to the military itself."
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Former Brigham Young coach LaVell Edwards says he has no regrets about retiring 10 years ago. "It is funny," he says. "I hear people that retire say that they are as busy as they have ever been, and I used to wonder about that. But I guess it is true. It just seems like there is always something I need to be doing, or have been doing. But at the end of the week, I sit down and I think, what did I do?" Plus, five questions with Edwards, including his opinion of the Bowl Championship Series: "It is unfair, plain and simple."
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: BYU's policy of not playing on Sunday could hurt the Cougars' chances of changing conferences, but university president Cecil O. Samuelson reiterates that the policy will not change.
Dick Harmon, Deseret News: Who attracts more TV sets in football and basketball, BYU or Utah?
Kyle Veazey, Clarion Ledger: Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive, who has led the league since 2002, was paid $2.1 million in the fiscal year that ended on Aug. 31, 2009, according to Internal Revenue Service documents obtained by the newspaper.
Chadd Cripe and Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Will Boise State president Bob Kustra get his wish and have Broncos move to the Mountain West Conference? Utah president Michael Young says an invitation involves more than athletics and wonders about Boise's academic "trajectory." Plus, a look at the nine Mountain West presidents who will decide Boise's fate.
Mike Sorensen, Deseret News: It's going to take an act of Congress for the BCS to change.
Dick Weiss, New York Daily News: Mark Herzlich, Boston College's All-American linebacker, is cancer-free and on schedule to play in the opener against Weber State.
Sports By Brooks: It would appear former Tennessee player Nu'Keese Richardson and his friend, North Carolina State defensive back Jarvis Byrd, have some serious growing up to do after "shopping" in a Wal-Mart. The players denied they did anything wrong.