Janet Reid, Lawrence Journal-World: Jury selection began for a civil trial in the death of a man who was fatally injured while riding in a privately owned bus carrying Kansas State fans. John Green hit his head on an overpass in Lawrence as he stood on the upper deck of the Cat Tracker bus on Nov. 18, 2006 while traveling to the Wildcats' game against Kansas. Police estimated the bus was traveling up to 40 mph. Another man was critically injured but survived.
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC has released top recruit Seantrel Henderson from his scholarship. The 6-foot-8 offensive linemen is rated by many experts as the No. 1 prospect in the country. He reportedly is considering Miami and Ohio State. Larry Brown Sports reported last week that Henderson has asked for his release from USC and that the Trojans were saying no. Henderson's release comes a day after reserve defensive end Malik Jackson said he would transfer to Tennessee.
Joe Johnson, Athens Banner-Herald: The arrest of Georgia cornerback Jordan Lawrence Love on misdemeanor obstruction on Monday night is said to be the result of miscommunication between the player and an officer. "Mr. Love gave his first and last name, but he said he didn't know his middle name, then said he kind of knew it, but didn't know how to spell it," university police chief Jimmy Williamson said. "After I spoke with family members today I could see the officer's point of view, where he thought Mr. Love was evasive and uncooperative, but [Love's] mother explained that he does not go by his middle name for personal reasons."
Ian R. Rapoport, ESPN.com: In the recruiting world, the telephone call has become an ancient form of communication.
Rob Moseley, Eugene Register-Guard: Could an Oregon-Louisiana State game at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium be in the works for 2011?
Lee Benson, Deseret News: Brigham Young is the only major college athletic program that has a policy of not playing on Sunday. Is there anything wrong with that?
Nolan Weidner, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse's Doug Marrone plans to compete Sunday in a 5-K race.
Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register: Alabama athletic director Mal Moore received a letter of apology from USC counterpart Mike Garrett for comments about teams that had contacted Trojan freshman running back Dillon Baxter about transferring. In the letter, Garrett said Alabama did not contact Baxter. Florida reportedly received a similar letter.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Finally, the real Tommy Tuberville is back, with gums blazing.
Jimmy Watson, Shreveport Times: Louisiana Tech's planned 90,000-plus square foot multipurpose facility to serve athletics on the campus will compare favorably with facilities at Southern Methodist, Texas Christian and Southern Mississippi. Former Bulldog great Terry Bradshaw can't wait for the facility to be completed. "I'm 61 years old and I want to see this thing come to fruition before I'm in the grave," he said. "I'm thinking that's 20 years from now." Thanks to Eric!
Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen: Wondering what would have happened if Don Coryell had said yes to Arizona.
Associated Press: Science is confirming something successful politicians seem to know instinctively — support your local team. The success of major college teams in the two weeks before an election can have a measurable impact on how well incumbent politicians do at the polls, a study shows.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Nick Saban is once again coming to the big screen. "Nick Saban: Gamechanger" is scheduled to be released Aug. 24. The filmmakers promise to give inside look at the two-time national championship coach.
Sonja Ryst, Washington Post: ESPN has closed ESPN Zone restaurants in Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas in the past month. Last year, the company closed its locations in Atlanta and Denver. The two remaining ESPN Zone restaurants in Los Angeles and Anaheim will remain open and operated by other companies.
Florida State: The athletic department launches the Christian Ponder for Heisman site.
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