David Brandt, Clarion-Ledger: Jeremiah Masoli said he had the opportunity to play for about a half-dozen programs, but chose Mississippi because of Houston Nutt. He also said his plan is to stay out of trouble in Oxford. "I just watch my surroundings. I'm wary who I'm with. I want to show I'm from a great home and great family."
Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free Press: The Southeastern Conference can't shake its dirty image.
Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports.com: The bad guys continue to utilize oversigning. Yes. that includes you, Les Miles.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Plenty of tickets remain for the USC-Hawaii opener in Honolulu. Only about 30,000 of the 50,000 seats in Aloha Stadium have been sold.
Brian Murphy and Joe Jaszewski, Idaho Statesman: Boise State's Chris Petersen has banned his players from using Twitter during the season. "It's just a distraction that we just don't really need to have right now. There's plenty of time in their lifetime for Twitter," he said. Plus, a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for Boise State's Sports Illustrated cover.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: The project manager and lead architect on the expansion of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium are Auburn grads.
Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Linebacker Mark Herzlich's return to Boston College practice has been delayed by at least a day or two because of a injury to his right foot.
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Tommy Tuberville has closed Texas Tech practices. "A lot of it's for our players' concentration, to make sure they can concentrate and our coaches can coach," Tuberville said. "I've always had open practices. This is the first time I've closed it this early. But it's probably good with all the young guys we've got."
Pete Bigelow, Ann Arbor.com: More bad news for Michigan. Rich Rodriguez said several of his players did not report to camp in shape.
Baton Rouge Advocate: Louisiana State has started a campaign to refurbish the 400 windows on the north end of Tiger Stadium. Many of the windows are broken.
JB's Sports Blog: Iowa running back Brandon Wegher is reportedly considering taking a leave of absence from the team.
Austin Ward, Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee track standout Evander Wells, who recently joined the football team as a receiver, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after only five practices.
Luke DeCock, Charlotte Observer: The letter of intent in college athletics is faulty.
Associated Press: President Obama flashes the Hook 'em Horns sign during a speech at the University of Texas.