J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: The NCAA is investigating two North Carolina players in connection with possible improper involvement with sports agents, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. Athletic director Dick Baddour confirmed that the NCAA "had been to Chapel Hill to speak with some of our student-athletes" but declined to provide further details.
Austin Meek, Topeka Capital-Journal: Former Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause made a last-ditch attempt to nullify a $3.2 million buyout clause in former coach Ron Prince's contract. Krause told Prince that if agreed to nullify the buyout agreement, Krause would purchase an insurance policy on his own life and designate Prince as the beneficiary. Prince declined, and a legal battle ensued. There is no indication when the case might go to trial.
Barbara De Lollis, USA Today: Erin Andrews filed a civil suit against Marriott International, Radisson Hotels International and others involved with the hotels in which a stalker surreptitiously filmed her nude through a hotel-room peephole.
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The Board of Regents approved a measure that would impose a $50-per-semester athletics fee on all University of Hawaii students. The athletic department is expect to earn $2 million annually from the fee — none of which will go to salaries.
Larry Brown, Sporting News Radio: Is Lane Kiffin losing favor at USC?
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian believes the Fighting Irish made the right hire in Brian Kelly. "I will be greatly surprised if he's not highly successful. I think he has all the ingredients."
Mark Morris, Kansas City Star: Brandon Simmons became the second former Kansas athletic official to plead guilty in the ticket scandal involving the university. Before entering the plea, judge Wesley Brown asked Simmons about his education. Simmons replied that he had done postgraduate work at Oklahoma. "A Sooner?" Brown asked. "Yes," Simmons replied. "You can read and write, then," Brown concluded. "They do teach that at the University of Oklahoma." Simmons: "Yes, sir."
XX Sports Radio, San Diego: A guy who thinks he knows something about college football was guest of John Kentera on Thursday night.
Brant Parsons, College Gridiron 365: Terry Bradshaw gets in a few rips on former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Greg Bolt, Eugene Register-Guard: Rob Mullens, deputy athletics director at Kentucky, will take over athletic director duties at Oregon.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist's June Jones said he intends on signing his two-year contract extension when it is approved by attorneys. The Dallas Observer reported this week that Jones refused to sign the extension because of issues with the administration.Jeff Lockridge, Tennessean: Vanderbilt and Georgia are reprinting their media guides. Vanderbilt must redo the coaches bios to reflect Bobby Johnson's retirement. Georgia is erasing Damon Evans as athletic director.
Leslie Reed and Thad Livingston, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska has decided to remove the words "Beat Texas" from a website and video that eventually will be part of an athletic department fan site.
J.J. Stambaugh, Knoxville News Sentinel: Josh Briscoe, a former Tennessee receiver-turned high school assistant coach, has been indicted for allegedly trying to engage in sex crimes with a 15-year-old male student athlete.Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: Iowa State defensive end Aaron Moore has been suspended from competition indefinitely after being charged with two counts of assault.
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: A look at No. 49 South Florida.