Kent Faulk, Birmingham News: A Birmingham lawyer and lifelong Auburn fan asked a judge to hold off scheduling a trial so he and his family can go to the Jan. 10 Bowl Championship Series title game, fearing he might not ever get another chance. The judge granted the request.
Sports by Brooks: Although ESPN's Craig James denies he ever received extra benefits when he was a player at Southern Methodist, his agent after college was the booster who set up the slush fund that led to the program being given the "death penalty" by the NCAA.
Sports Media Watch: For the second consecutive year, ESPN had its most-viewed college football season in over a decade. But ratings and viewership were down for games on ABC. Ratings for the Atlantic Coast Conference title game improved from last year but remained low.
Joe Muench, El Paso Times: Will Texas El Paso's Mike Price retire after the Miners plays Brigham Young in the New Mexico Bowl?
Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press: Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's silence is a bad sign for Rich Rodriguez.
Detroit News: Brandon, when asked what he has learned in his first nine months as Wolverine athletic director: "Don't read blogs. Don't listen to talk radio."
Penn State Clips: Joe Paterno tells a recruit he expects to be coaching for "another five or six years."
Sam Donnellon, Philadelphia Daily News: The BCS has taken the drama out of New Year's Day.
George Vecsey, New York Times: The Bowl Championship Series is not a series at all but rather a one-off on Jan. 10 between undefeated Auburn and undefeated Oregon. The remaining 34 bowl games are simply irrelevant.
Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune: Is Kyle Whittingham a Utah man or another Urban?
Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: The power of BCS-conference labeling might be more prevalent in Heisman Trophy voting than poll voting.
Jim Litke, Associated Press: The only way the Heisman Trophy still means anything after Saturday is if the football cradled in the statue's left arm is replaced by a bag overflowing with cash. After all, nothing says college football these days like the Benjamins.
Dick Weiss, New York Daily News: Cam Newton says he did nothing wrong, but why is his dad skipping the Heisman ceremony?
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: The Mountain West Conference's board of directors will meet Friday in Las Vegas and could extend an invitation to Hawaii. Plus, the Idaho State Board of Education will not get involved in forcing Boise State and Idaho to schedule games against each other. The Board also authorized Boise State to start formal planning for an expansion and upgrade of Bronco Stadium. Estimated cost is between $33 million and $40 million.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Here's a mild surprise: As of Thursday afternoon, Washington had sold more tickets (7,425) to the Holiday Bowl than Nebraska (6,000-plus).
Ted Miller, ESPN: Which team will have the most returning starters for 2011 in the Pac-10? Answer: Arizona State.
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: What did offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson gain by going to Miami instead of USC? He lost a coach but will get to spend almost a week in El Paso for the Sun Bowl.
Paul Myerberg, Pre-Snap Read: Why the Army-Navy game means so much.
Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The fired Dave Wannstedt is expected to coach Pittsburgh in its bowl game.
Follow Jay Christensen on Twitter and join the Wiz on Facebook. To bypass registrations, go to Bug Me Not. Interested in sponsoring the site, have a tip, complaint or idea? Perhaps you would like to have the Wiz as a guest on your radio show. Contact: jayzuma (at) gmail.com.