Brett McMurphy, FanHouse: It has never been more obvious what should be the next move for college football's elite programs. Leave the NCAA. Just ditch it. They don't need college sports' governing body anymore. They've outgrown the NCAA's archaic system and rules.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Athletics departments rely more than ever on institutional subsidies. The NCAA reports that only 14 athletics departments in Division I-A made more money than they spent in 2008-09, down from 25 in each of the previous two years. The average institutional subsidy for athletics in I-A rose from $8 million in 2007-08 to $10.2 million in 2008-09, the most currently available year of data. Among schools known to have turned a profit: Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana and Purdue.
Michael Hiestand, USA Today: ESPN made the right move by putting sideline reporter Jenn Brown's beer deal on ice.
Shaun Assael, ESPN.com: It was all a hoax. USC freshman running back Dillion Baxter fabricated his story of five teams contacting him after NCAA sanctions were announced against the Trojans. You need an ESPN Insider account to access.
Todd Henrichs, Lincoln Journal Star: How does a travel agent in Nebraska find enough tickets to the Cornhuskers' game at Washington on Sept. 18? Steve Glenn had to purchase 150 Huskies' season tickets to meet the demand of his customers.
Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune: Utah State, which turned down an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference a week ago, is once again in talks about joining the league.