Bud Withers, Seattle Times: With Utah and Colorado coming aboard, is the Pacific 10 about to change the way it shares TV revenue? It's a subject that gets USC as fired up as the NCAA infractions committee.
John McGrath, Tacoma News Tribune: Exposing the fraud that is the Associated Press preseason poll. The last national champion it correctly appointed No. 1 before the season? That would be USC, six years ago, if you don’t count the asterisk for NCAA infractions. Before that it was Florida State in 1999 and '93. With two out of 10, the 1990s were a Golden Age of preseason polls. AP voters were 0-for-the-decade during the 1960s and 1980s.Joseph Person, Columbia State: The NCAA is investigating South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders about possible impermissible dealings with a sports agent. It is believed that the investigation of Saunders is connected to the NCAA’s ongoing probe of North Carolina players and agent activity.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The dominance that is the Southeastern Conference. The SEC has become the New York Yankees. It's LeBron James joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. It's Duke basketball. It's the Dallas Cowboys. It's the conference with the best players, best coaches, most passionate fans and most money to throw around. In other words, it's the conference everyone outside the SEC loves to hate.
Loren Tate, Champaign News-Gazette: An analysis of Michigan's status as an ongoing power could determine the Big Ten's divisional alignment when commissioner Jim Delany and conference athletic directors hammer out future schedules early next month.
Cole Manbeck, Manhattan Mercury: The deposition given by former Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause paints a fuzzy picture on how former coach Ron Prince was able to secure his $3.2 million buyout clause.
Desmond Connor, Hartford Courant: The recent revelation that Connecticut was one of five Bowl Championship Series programs that failed to make a profit during the 2008-09 academic year was a told-you-so moment for those who opposed former athletic director Lew Perkins' vision of upgrading the program.
Michael Casagrande, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Nick Saban: "I don’t read the paper. I don't listen to the radio. I have never listened — in three years at Alabama — to Paul Finebaum. I never listened to him in all my time at LSU. I like the guy, and I don't have a problem with him. I never listened to him."
Joseph Goodman, Gator Clause: A few bold predictions. Florida will win the SEC, lose to Florida State and play in the Sugar Bowl. But don't rule out a run at a national title. Take away difficult road test at Alabama (Oct.2) and Florida State (Nov. 27) and Florida's schedule sets up nicely.
Chuck Landon, Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Marshall cornerback DeQuan Bembry was booted from the team after he was arrested and charged with DUI.
Bob Wieneke, South Bend Tribune: Judging from a past case, the Notre Dame players who were arrested for underage drinking likely won't face harsh penalties from the school.
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: A look at No. 47 Clemson.
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