Bruce Feldman, ESPN Magazine: USC coach Lane Kiffin approached Tennessee about a matchup between the Trojans and Volunteers to open the 2011 season. Tennessee declined the invitation.
Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free Press: Kiffin did something good Tuesday afternoon. No, the above sentence does not contain a typo.
Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel: Another USC recruit is reportedly requesting a release from his letter of intent. Glen Stanley, a linebacker/defensive end from Florida, said he has made numerous phone calls and left messages for USC coaches, but has yet to hear back from the Trojans.
Mike Griffith, Knoxville News Sentinel: USC basketball coach Kevin O'Neill, whose team plays Dec. 21 at Tennessee, said he might bring Kiffin to the game. "That should keep the heat off me." O'Neill added: "We'd have to wear Kevlar instead of suits if we did. But at least we can stay at his house in Knoxville. It's never going to sell; might as well turn it into a hotel.''
TMZ: Michael Barrett, who is serving a 30-month sentence for stalking ESPN's Erin Andrews, won't have to pay the network $327,442.27 — the amount ESPN said it spent on extra security for Andrews. "I'm disappointed with the court’s decision," Andrews said. "In my mind, Barrett should pay for all the trouble and expense he and he alone caused."
Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: Is there trouble brewing at Southern Methodist? The school did not grant admission to two recruits last week, despite a promise that it would become nationally competitive when it comes to enrolling athletes. That promise was a big reason the school was able to secure June Jones as coach.
Tyson Alger, Oregonian: Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli will not enter next week's NFL Supplemental Draft and it appears he will return to the college ranks. Masoli recently visited Louisiana Tech, but unless he is granted a waiver by the NCAA, would have to sit out the 2010 season.
Adam Jones, Tuscaloosa News: Alabama has decided to cancel classes on Nov. 18, a Thursday, because the Crimson Tide are playing a home game that night against Georgia State. With more than 100,000 fans expected on campus, administrators said it would not be possible for the campus to operate.
Matt Hinton, Dr Saturday: Clock management 101. Why Les Miles hasn't a clue.
Rich Kaipust, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska fans want the seating capacity increased in Memorial Stadium, but officials are worried that adding too many seats could put the Cornhuskers' sellout streak at risk. The streak currently stands at 304 games.
Mark Morris, Kansas City Star: Two former University of Kansas athletic department staffers have become the first to face federal charges in the recent ticket skimming scandal.
Lost Lettermen: Grading the 22 new head-coaching hires. Notre Dame gets an A-plus for landing Brian Kelly.
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: Byron Moore, a redshirt freshman defensive back, has left USC and will attend Harbor College for a year before transferring to another school. His father said the departure had nothing to do with the recent NCAA sanctions against the program.
David Brandt, Clarion-Ledger: Receiver Pat Patterson was kicked off the team for "violation of team rules."
Ken Sugiura, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A judge elected to uphold the misdemeanor charge against Georgia cornerback Jordan Love for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Love was arrested late Monday night after police responded to a complaint about three individuals shooting off fireworks near a campus dormitory.
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: A look at No. 57 Southern Methodist.
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