Lee Hermiston, Iowa City Press-Citizen: The local sheriff in Iowa City says he might not have enough jail capacity to house lawbreakers during Hawkeye home games. "Taxpayers of Johnson County have to pay $3,000 to $4,000 extra per weekend when the university has large home football games," Lonny Pulkrabek said. "[The university is] making millions of dollars a year. We don't get asked for our opinion and what we can do to make our voices heard." Thanks to the Midwest Correspondent.
Jeff Bennett, Wall Street Journal: Smoking (cigarettes) will not be allowed in Michigan Stadium this fall. The move has ignited some long-time puffers. "This is just ridiculous," said Tim Smith, a season-ticket holder. Plus, from Ann Arbor.com, Michigan has banned bringing water bottles into the stadium and fans aren't happy. Officials say the 28 water fountains should be enough to handle the needs of 109,000-plus fans. If not, fans can purchase bottled water for $4 or request a free cup of water from concession stands.
Judy Battista, New York Times: There were over 100 collisions involving players and umpires in the NFL last season. Now the league is moving the official from the defensive side and putting him into the offensive backfield, 12 to 15 yards deep and to the left of the quarterback, opposite where the referee is stationed. The move could take away a valuable piece of an offensive's passing game — the ability to use the umpire as a blocker.
Jason Lieser, Gator Bytes: Ususual facts about the Florida team. Running back Chris Rainey is the younger brother of former XFL legend He Hate Me. Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert's dad is a retired secret service agent who protected Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Michigan's Rich Rodriguez was among seven athletic department employees receiving letters of reprimand from athletic director Dave Brandon. Plus, running back Austin White is no longer a member of the Wolverine team.
Billy Witz, New York Times: Arizona recently spent five days at Fort Huachuca working on Army-based training methods for leadership and teamwork.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: After playing in 22 bowl games from 1978 through 2002, Washington hasn't been in one since, the longest active drought in the Pac-10 and the third-longest among all BCS teams, topped only by Duke and Baylor.
Courtney Linehan, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Taylor Potts was named Texas Tech's starting quarterback.
Penn State Clips: Evan Royster wants the Penn State student bookstore to repaint those steps!
Biloxi Sun Herald: Five Southern Mississippi players were involved in a two-car accident Saturday. Coach Larry Fedora said none of the players were injured.
Don Kausler Jr., Birmingham News: Documentary or propaganda? "Nick Saban: Imagechaner" debuts Tuesday.
Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant: Connecticut has sold 25,500 season tickets.
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