Ken Tysiac, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina's investigation into possible improprieties in its program took a serious turn with the announcement of possible academic misconduct. The allegations involve a tutor who formerly was employed by coach Butch Davis. ESPN's Joe Schad reports that the tutor was also Davis' nanny.
Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer: The academic mess could make a mess of Davis' future. A clause in Davis' contract says that if an NCAA violation occurs in the
program that he reasonably should have known about, the university can
fire him without owing him payment for the remaining years on the
J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina opens the season in eight days, but which players will take the field remain unclear. The coaching staff already had begun preparations for Louisiana State as if senior standouts Marvin Austin and Greg Little, who are involved in a separate NCAA investigation for possible improper contact with a sports agent, would not be available.
Scott D. Pierce, Deseret News: It would be in the Mountain West Conference's own self-interest to give Brigham Young a bigger slice of the TV revenue pie. Because, without the Cougars, the pie is going to get a lot smaller.
Vai Sikahema, Deseret News: The former BYU player urges the school to boldly move forward:
"Let's throw caution to the wind and declare our independence.
Independence from the shackles of the World Wide Leader of incompetence,
the mtn. network (who was the marketing genius who thought it would be a
good idea to make "mtn." lowercase?), Mountain West Conference and the
idiocy of MWC commissioner Craig Thompson."
Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada president Milton Glick has sent a letter to the Western Athletic Conference informing the league of Nevada’s intention to join the Mountain West for the 2011-12 school year.
Sports Media Watch: The overhaul of ESPNews continues, as the network's eponymous half-hour newscasts are set to virtually vanish from its schedule. ESPNews will debut two new shows on Monday that — along with SportsCenter — will make up the network's entire weekday line-up.
Tom Hoffarth, Farther Off the Wall: Greed vs. Greed: With a week to go, who to side with in Time Warner Cable vs. ABC/ESPN.