Jeff Call, Deseret News: Research by a Brigham Young graduate shows that at the receiver position, non-Bowl Championship Series players are actually more productive in the NFL than their BCS counterparts.
Serena Maria Daniels, Chicago Tribune: A lawsuit alleges that Linda Will, the mother of the late Northwestern player Rashidi Wheeler, failed to pay her lawyers in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought against the university.
Steve Berkowitz, USA Today: Southern Methodist president Gerald Turner has been a critic of coaches salaries in his role as co-chair of the Knight Commission, but Turner has overseen one of the most drastic increases in coaching compensation with the hiring of June Jones, who was paid $2.142 million last year. That likely made Jones the top-paid coach at a school that competes in a conference without an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid.
Robbie Neiswanger, Arkansas News: Arkansas' Bobby Petrino has put his 8,000-square foot East Fayetteville home on the market for an asking price of over $2 million. Officials had to issue a statement after speculation started that Petrino was about to take another job.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: The Hawaii athletic department is projecting a deficit of approximately $2 million when the current fiscal year ends in less than two months, running the department's net deficit to $10.1 million. Officials are considering a student athletic fee of $50 a semester to help address the debt.
B.A. Morelli, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Iowa's Orange Bowl party rang up a nearly $1.9 million tab during its January trip to Miami for the Orange Bowl. The university had to cover $36,080 in unsold tickets. Iowa's payout for making one of college football's premier bowl games was $1.95 million.
Examiner: Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer fell getting off a plane last week and may have ruptured his right biceps.
Ryan Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: Examining coaches changes since 2000. The Pacific 10 and Southeastern conferences average the most coaching changes at two per season. The Sun Belt offers coaches the most job security.
Michael Rothstein, Ann Arbor.com: Athletes at Big Ten schools will be required to sign a waiver after receiving education about concussions, the conference’s medical staffs and athletic trainers have decided.
David Glenn, ACC Sports Journal: Trying to figure out where the Atlantic Coast Conference stands in expansion.
Andrea Adelson, College Gridiron 365: Notre Dame president John Jenkins is in a difficult spot as expansion talk swirls. "It's like musical chairs," he said. "You don’t want to be left standing when everybody else has a seat."
Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh's Dave Wannstedt said he has had "zero" involvement in any discussions pertaining to the Panthers possibly moving to the Big Ten.
Gregg Dewalt, Florence Times Daily: Bobby Bowden says "retirement is good. I'm doing a lot of traveling and a lot of speaking. I enjoy it. I don't think I'll miss football one bit. I'm 80 years old. I got in 57 years and I wanted one more, but they wouldn't let me have it. That's behind me, so I'm happy."
Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Missouri is living large at the center of Big Ten expansion talk.
Joshua Kinder, Manhattan Mercury: Why a bigger Big Ten is likely to be trouble for the Big 12.
Wendy Skyler, Fox 34: Texas Tech attorneys have asked for dismissal of the lawsuit brought against the school by former coach Mike Leach. Ted Liggett, Leach's attorney, said forget it, he's ready to go to court.
Dave Heller, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Too cold? Wisconsin and Illinois agreed to move games which were scheduled for Thanksgiving weekends in 2011 and 2012 to dates in December. The Badgers will play in Champaign on Dec. 3, 2011, and the Illini will come to Camp Randall Stadium on Dec. 1, 2012.
Adam Maya, Orange County Register: USC starting defensive tackle Christian Tupou suffered a torn ligament in his left knee during the spring game and will likely be out for the upcoming season.
Joseph Person, Columbia State: Nearly all of South Carolina's assistant coaches received a raise this year, led by defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who more than doubled his compensation package to $700,000 annually.
Akron Beacon Journal: A text message from Akron coach Rob Ianello was intended for athletic director Tom Wistrcill. Instead, it was sent to Shawn Lemon, and now the defensive end has decided to transfer.
Norm Wood, Daily Press: Kevin Parks, an incoming freshman running back at Virginia, was tasered in a weekend traffic stop.
Tony Krausz, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Matt James, the Notre Dame recruit who fell to his death from a hotel balcony, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, according to a toxicology report.
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