John Crumpacker, San Francisco Chronicle: A committee has recommended that California consider eliminating five to seven teams to bring a "financially sustainable path" to its athletic department. At a time of university-wide financial duress, the consistent failure of athletics to rein in costs plays poorly on a campus where 19 academic departments had telephone service in faculty offices eliminated and the number of chronic roof leaks was pegged at 63.
Kyle Veazey, Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli told the NCAA last month he decided to transfer from Oregon before it was announced on June 9 that he was dismissed from the team, according to documents obtained by the newspaper. It's an important distinction, as the NCAA’s initial denial of 2010 eligibility focused in part on what it said was his dismissal from the Oregon program.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: For a "profit" of $5.3 million, San Diego State agreed to schedule 22 games in the past 10 years against teams from college football’s high-rent district. Its record in those games: zero victories, 22 defeats. The average score: Goliath 31, SDSU 12. Thanks to Mike!
Randy Riggs, Austin American Statesman: Texas' Mack Brown said he urged Vince Young to accept the 2005 Heisman Trophy on behalf of the program if it was offered. "I called and I was adamant about it. I said, 'It's great for this university, it's great for Texas, and I think in the long run it's great for you.' " Plus, Longhorn running back Vondrell McGee's appeal to play this season has been denied by the NCAA.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Nobody asked him to renounce his 2005 Heisman vote, and he wouldn't if they did.
Joe Biddle, Tennessean: Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, land of the cheaters. Commissioner Mike Slive needs to purchase a new broom to clean up this mess.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: There's only one team in the SEC that can beat Alabama — Alabama.
Stefan Stevenson, Dallas Morning News: Texas Christian's Gary Patterson has apologized for running up the score in a 62-7 win over Tennessee Tech. "I didn't mean to score the last touchdown. We don't do style points. We didn't throw the ball in the fourth quarter. That's not the program we are, period. I did not want to score 60. I don't think [Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown] is very happy with me."
Jeff Miller, Orange County Register: Here's why college football needs a playoff.
Jay Christensen, Covers.com: Examining the huge move in the pointspread of the USC-Minnesota game.
Brian Howard, Daily Toreador: A tent city has sprung up near Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium as students camp out for the best seats for Saturday's game against Texas.
Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant: Adding Villanova to the football roster wouldn't be much of a gain for the Big East.
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News: Villanova can't afford to decline the Big East invitation.
Tim Gardner, Campus Rivalry: If two college teams play a penalty-free game this season, Liberty Mutual announced that it will donate $1 million to the charity of choice of the teams involved.
Randy Youngman, Orange County Register: Is Armageddon near for UCLA?
Manny Navarro and Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami's Randy Shannon ordered a shutdown of all players' Twitter accounts.
Jeremy Werner, Daily Chronicle: Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill, who has been hospitalized since suffering from dehydration early Sunday morning, is expected to be back on the sideline for Saturday's game against Illinois.
Tim Woods, Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor is considering building a secondary habitat at Floyd Casey Stadium so the school's two bear mascots can be brought to games. ($ or registration).
Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports.com: Who is to blame for preseason polls? It's the media's fault.
Atlantic Coast Conference: The league has launched an iPhone app.
Todd Wright, Sporting News Radio: What makes a good radio guest? The host of "Todd Wright Tonight" opens his playbook.
Tuscaloosa News: Tuscaloosa police used a helicopter to help track two Birmingham men accused of trying to selling counterfeit tickets to last Saturday's Alabama-Penn State game.
Rob Shaw, Tampa Tribune: Florida State officials acknowledged that going after a high school over use of the Seminole logo was a public relations blunder.
Marcus Nelson, Palm Beach Post: Florida Atlantic's Howard Schnellenberger has apologized for his decision to kick a field goal with the Owls trailing by two touchdowns late in Saturday’s 30-17 loss to Michigan State.
Associated Press: Chris Hawkins, the man linked to the suspension of Georgia receiver A.J. Green, faces a felony drug charge from an arrest during a traffic stop in Georgia last year.
Associated Press: South Carolina senior tight end Weslye Saunders, who is at the center of an NCAA investigation of the team, has been dismissed from the squad.
Manhattan Mercury: The Kansas Board of Regents approved a request, without discussion, by Kansas State to use bonds to fund a $50 million renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Karen Voyles, Gainesville Sun: Florida receiver Chris Rainey was arrested for aggravated stalking and — at least temporarily — was kicked off the team. Rainey reportedly texted a woman he had been dating, "Time to Die B---- u and ur."
Dave Hyde, For Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: Urban Meyer's record at Florida: Fifty-nine wins. Two national titles. Thirty players arrested.
Ben Maller: Public arrest records in Gainesville show that on an average college football Saturday 70.3 arrests were made compared to 12.3 arrests on non-game "Control Saturdays."
Knoxville News Sentinel: No charges will be brought in the Cumberland Avenue bar brawl involving Tennessee players that left an off-duty Knoxville police officer unconscious in the street.
Tony Dobies, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan was suspended indefinitely after a drunken driving arrest — his second run-in with police in five months.
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