Brett McMurphy, FanHouse: College football's big spenders: Ohio State spent $32.3 million on its program for the 2008-09 school year, the highest total in the land. Then came Auburn ($28.8 million), Iowa ($26.9 million), Alabama ($26.44 million), Tennessee ($22.96 million), Florida ($22.86 million) and Louisiana State ($22.74 million). Wisconsin ($22.71 million) ranks eighth.
Tom Dienhart, Yahoo! Sports: Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville on the new Big 12: "I don’t think this conference will last long because there is too much disparity between all the teams. In the SEC, for instance, Vanderbilt makes as much money in the television contract as Florida. Everybody is good with it. ... That doesn’t happen here in the Big 12. We have some teams that get a little bit more money and have a little bit more stroke than some of the other teams. And when that happens, you’re gonna have teams looking for better avenues to leave and reasons to leave. We have a 10-team league right now, but I just don’t know how long that's gonna last, to be honest with you." Link to interview.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: Expansion lessons Part I: Effects felt from the Granddaddy to TV. In one week, Pacific 10 commish Larry Scott took the league from 1955 to 2015.
Joseph Person, Columbia State: Former Heisman winners Tony Dorsett, George Rogers, Mike Rozier and Johnny Rodgers think Reggie Bush should keep his stiff-arm trophy. Gino Torretta is uncertain what the Heisman Trust should do.
Michael Lev, Orange County Register: Pete Carroll returns to L.A. and rips the NCAA.
Michael Hiestand, USA Today: Erin Andrews has reached a tentative agreement to remain at ESPN.
Doug Robinson, Deseret News: OK, can we cut the crapola already? Can we dispense with the nonsense of blaming Brigham Young's exclusion from the Pac-10 on the school's perceived shortcomings as a "research institution." Pa-leeeze. Research? What, are they going to do, host a lab-rat race?
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Today's trivia question: Name the last team Alabama lost to at Bryant-Denny Stadium? Answer: Louisiana Monroe on Nov. 17, 2007.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: His annual Southeastern Conference coach rankings. Alabama's Nick Saban is No. 1 and Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson is No. 12.
Dave Hooker, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Former Tennessee receiver Todd Campbell, who had jersey No. 11 taken from him and given to incoming freshman tailback Bryce Brown, said he's no fan of Lane Kiffin and thinks Derek Dooley is a better fit for the Volunteers. "I think they will have a good year. They're going in the right direction because I think coach Dooley brings back structure, whereas Kiffin didn't really have a lot of structure."
Jonathan Martin, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: The issue of college sports conference realignment has landed on the doorstep of politicians. They are well aware that for many voters, it's as important as anything else on the policy agenda.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Western Athletic Conference commish Karl Benson said the league will not be expanding until 2012, at the earliest. Plus, former San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said Boise State's departure from the WAC is not necessarily bad news. "It takes away from the overall respect the WAC has nationally. But — and I'm not trying to be flippant about it — it gives somebody else a chance to win the conference."
Lost Lettermen: College football's top 10 baseball players. Clemson's Kyle Parker tops the list.
Ryan Thorburn, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado is working on its exit strategy in an attempt to keep momentum rolling from its announced move to the Pac-10.
Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Health issues are not expected to keep Penn State's Joe Paterno off the field this fall.
Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times: UCLA has dismissed three incoming freshmen players after they were arrested last week on suspicion of felony theft. However, each of the players is still bound by their letter of intent to UCLA. If the players meet certain requirements set by coach Rick Neuheisel, they may be allowed to return to the school in January.
Associated Press: Georgia becomes the latest school to partner with StubHub in an effort to cash in on the secondary ticket market.
Mathew Miller, Lansing State Journal: Michigan State trustee Joel Ferguson, a mover and shaker in Spartan athletics for decades, is prepared to step down to serve on the board of a Detroit casino.
Sports Business Journal: A bidding war over the Pac-10's TV rights is already developing.
Greg Auman, St. Petersburg Times: South Florida's Skip Holtz believes receiver Sterling Griffin, who dislocated an ankle and fractured the bottom of a fibula during a voluntary workout, will be back for a good portion of the season.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: It appears two more Michigan recruits might fail to make the grade.
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