Joseph Person, Columbia State: From the Dept. of It Was Nice While It Lasted: At least one of the three South Carolina players who have been staying at the Whitney Hotel has moved out in the past week. The NCAA is trying to determine whether the players received a cheaper rate than what is available to the general public. If so, that could constitute an extra benefit.
David Climer, Tennessean: Is the Southeastern Conference at the top of the NCAA's list of cheaters? Far from it.
Ryan Thorburn and Neill Woelk, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado's athletic department, in need of a big paycheck, is negotiating to have the Buffaloes play Ohio State in 2011 at Columbus. The payout would be in the neighborhood of $2 million and the Buckeyes would not make a return trip to Boulder.
Joe Starkey, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Let's be honest: Joe Paterno is not capable of running a major college football program at this point in his life. His assistants have been doing the heavy lifting, leading the Nittany Lions to a 51-13 record over the past five years. But one thing Paterno deserves is the right to call his final shot.
Smart Football: Strategic trends for the next decade? Start with defense.
John Hunt, Oregonian: Oregon's Chip Kelly had his crew email video of a controversial play at the end Friday's practice for review by Pacific 10 coordinator of officials Dave Cutaia, who was in Chicago at a gathering of national replay officials.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said the hearing before the NCAA Infractions Committee regarding violations in the Wolverine program was fair and thorough. The sides now enter a quiet phase before a final ruling.
Doug Haller, Arizona Republic: A poll of players from Pac-10 media days reveals that Washington State and California are the least favorite trips.
Brad Rock, Deseret News: It seems obvious there's one way the BCS can raise its popularity and even end up looking fairly good this season: by making sure Boise State plays in its title game.
Phil Stukenborg, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Memphis has started a billboard campaign featuring five area players, including defensive lineman Dontari Poe.
Courtney Linehan, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: The public relations group that represented Mike Leach said it no longer is associated with the coach.
Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Almost 100,000 more men played varsity college athletics in 2008-09 than women. That same year, men earned more than $227 million more in athletic financial aid than women.
David Teel, Newport News Daily Press: Academic Progress Rates reveal plenty about schools, teams and coaches.
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: Taking a look at No. 19 Georgia.
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