Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: The death of Boise State recruit Emil Smith highlights the NCAA's puzzling flaws. After Smith died in a July 18 car accident, Bronco coaches could not attend his funeral, send flowers or even call his grieving parents or other family members because the player had not signed a national letter of intent.
Dave Birkett, Ann Arbor.com: Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor is the Big Ten's most exciting player. He's also the most overrated, according to a poll of 11 league players.
Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald: Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield says the ouster of Mike Leach as coach was "a blessing in disguise" for the program.
Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Big East commissioner John Marinatto said the league is developing plans for a TV network.
Tom Shatel, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska to the Big Ten already looks like a good marriage.
David Climer, Tennessean: Tennessee's Derek Dooley has reinstated defensive tackle Marlon Walls and linebacker Greg King. The players were suspended after the July 9 fight at Bar Knoxville. "I have no qualms in bringing them back," said Dooley, who noted that ""there hasn't been full closure by the legal process."
John Adams, Knoxville News Sentinel: Houston Nutt has embarrassed Mississippi and the SEC by his shameful pursuit of Jeremiah Masoli.
Stewart Mandel, SI.com: Taking in Masoli proves that Nutt is a certifiably dirty coach.
Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Nutt doesn't think Masoli is "a thug." The coach said: "I'm telling you, this is a good kid."
David Brandt, Clarion-Ledger: Did news of Masoli's transfer help spike sales of season tickets at Mississippi?
Brian Hamilton, Chicago Tribune: Notre Dame and Texas are close to finalizing a four-game series that would begin in 2015. Plus, NBC has hired Mike Mayock as analyst on Notre Dame broadcasts. He replaces Pat Haden.
IGN: A class action lawsuit consisting of approximately 6,000 retired NFL players has been filed against Electronic Arts for the unlawful use the players' likenesses in Madden NFL 09's historic teams.
Adam Jones, Tuscaloosa News: Artist Daniel Moore gets much-needed help in his legal battle against Alabama. Attorneys for the Alabama Press Association and American Society of Media Photographers have asked to file briefs in favor of Moore.
Steve Yanda, Washington Post: Maryland players, searching for a way to rebound from a disastrous 2-10 season in 2009, have turned to yoga.
Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Vanderbilt's Robbie Caldwell has dropped 15 pounds and the interim coaching tag.
Luke Jennett, Ames Tribune: Suspended Iowa State defensive back David Sims pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a credit card. He received a deferred judgment and was sentenced to 18 months probation.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Michael Shaw, Michigan's top rusher, is not yet eligible for the fall term.
C.L. Brown, Louisville Courier-Journal: Linebacker Jordan Campbell, who announced last month that he would transfer from USC to Louisville, still has not made it to campus.
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada kicker Ricky Drake has been suspended for the Wolf Pack’s first two games after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and careless driving.
Bryan Dean, Oklahoman: Oklahoma City will pay former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson $50,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was wrongfully arrested by city police in 2006 on a public intoxication complaint.
Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Missouri assistant coach Bruce Walker was arrested by university police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
John Helsley, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State defensive end Jamie Blatnick, one of the team's three player representatives at last week's Big 12 media days, was cited for felony aggravated assault and battery.
Reggie Benson, Huntsville Times: Tough times at Division I-AA Alabama A&M, where half the recruiting class of 30 could be declared academically ineligible before the team's first practice.
Huffington Post: The most gay-friendly colleges.
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