J. Brady McCollough, Kansas City Star: Kansas athletic director Lew
a $5,000 personal check to former Medical Outfitters co-owner Mark
Glass in April as a back rental payment for $15,000 worth of exercise equipment
he originally borrowed from Glass' company in 2005 at no cost to
Perkins, Glass told the Star. On May 27, still unsure who was
entitled to the money because Medical Outfitters had gone bankrupt, Glass said he deposited the check into a holding
account, where it will remain until he figures out where it should go.
Tully Corcoran, Topeka Capital-Journal: Is this check being issued stuff part of a coverup? Stephen McAllister, Perkins' attorney, was asked Wednesday why, if Perkins had paid for rental charges on the equipment, he didn't say that on Sunday when first contacted about the accusation against his client. "What I'd say is, first of all, there's a lot of facts here that are part of this investigation. You don't have all the facts." ... Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has ordered senior university staff to review the allegations against Perkins within 10 working days.
Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal: The time is now. Perkins needs to resign if he truly cares about Kansas moving forward.
Les Zaitz, Oregonian: Oregon solicitor general Jerry Lidz, who oversees state appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, has resigned, upset over how the attorney general's office investigated athletic director Mike Bellotti's unwritten million-dollar deal with the University of Oregon.
David Ubben, ESPN.com: Commissioner Dan Beebe slammed the door on any chance of the Big 12 restructuring its TV revenue sharing plan. Big 12 teams share half of their television revenue equally, but teams that play in more televised games receive a greater share of the other half. In 2007, Texas received $10.2 million and Baylor only $7.1 million.
Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona is erecting a five-foot concrete wall designed to keep students from flooding onto the field after games. Students made news last November when Arizona led Oregon in the final minutes of a nationally televised game and hundreds of students stormed the field, anticipating a postgame party. The Ducks tied the score with 6 seconds left in regulation and won in double overtime, while students from the ZonaZoo and others waited on the sidelines.
Heisman Pundit: Are recruiting services beginning to go the way of the rest of the college football media in pumping up players from the South — in particular, Florida — at the expense of other regions.
Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Mississippi State proposed that the Southeastern Conference remove its rule, established in 1974, that prohibits the use of artificial noisemakers (cowbells) at sporting events. But league athletic directors and football coaches rejected the proposal and Alabama athletic director Mal Moore indicated that there may be an amendment to the rule that will be discussed by the school presidents over the next two days.
Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Tech officials, responding to an open records request filed by the Star-Telegram, provided documents showing that they paid former coach Mike Leach for supplemental compensation totaling $103,516.12 for 2009. Tech officials don't plan to pay Leach another cent, even though sources say he is still owed $1.6 million. "Mike Leach has been paid what he is owed by Texas Tech," officials wrote in an email response. "His mistreatment of an injured student-athlete was a breach of his contract and ultimately resulted in Mike Leach's termination. When he breached his contract, he no longer was entitled to further compensation."
Matthew McGowan, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Leach's attorneys aren't about to back down. They are now claiming Texas Tech owes the former coach $2.5 million for his work in 2009. But that's a fraction of the more than $12 million — plus legal fees — they ultimately hope to get from the case.
Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune: Public schools competing in the Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences shell out an average of $1,177 and $718 per student, respectively, to subsidize their athletic programs, among the costliest subsidies in the NCAA's 120-team Division I-A.
Irv Moss, Denver Post: Boise State could be extended an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference as early as Monday.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Boise State's immediate value to the Mountain West is as an insurance policy against losing teams to other conferences.
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Commissioner Craig Thompson won't make the final call on Mountain West expansion, but he will have a major impact.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Ranking all 96 Big 12 games. Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas is No. 1. North Dakota at Kansas is No. 96.
Json Lieser, Gator Bytes: You heard it here first. Nick Saban says Alabama is his last job. "It's always a difficult decision to leave any place to go someplace else. It's a decision I'm never going to make again. I'm where I am."
Associated Press: Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson will throw out the first pitch before the Houston Astros' game Friday against the Chicago Cubs.
EDSBS: Former Florida defensive end Thaddeus Bullard is now in the World Wrestling Federation. His ring name is Titus O'Neil.
Knoxville News Sentinel: Haywood Harris, who promoted, wrote about and enjoyed an association with Tennessee athletics for nearly 50 years, died at his Knoxville home. He was 80.
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: Breaking down No. 92 Western Michigan.
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