John Henderson, Denver Post: Washington Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree will be the next coach at Colorado, according to former Buffaloes coach Bill McCartney. "Take it to the bank and hang your hat on it," McCartney said.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: What's unclear is if Minnesota Vikings assistant Eric Bieniemy will join Embree as Colorado's offensive coordinator. Plus, Colorado finalized its separation agreement with former coach Dan Hawkins, who will be paid more than $2.1 million to cover the guaranteed compensation portions of his contract.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Rich Rodriguez makes an emotional plea to remain Michigan's coach. "My name is Rich Rodriguez, I'm honored to be the head football coach at the University of Michigan and I hope you all realize I truly want to be a Michigan man."
Kyle Veazey, Clarion-Ledger: A man who was allegedly assaulted by a fan wielding a cowbell at last year’s Mississippi-Mississippi State game has filed a lawsuit against the fan and the Southeastern Conference. The man claims he was knocked unconscious with the bell and had a four-inch laceration that required staples and resulted in "a concussion, memory loss, mental and emotional distress and anguish, depression, paranoia, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life and inability to pursue prior educational and professional goals."
Jon Nyatawa, Omaha World-Herald: Parting gift? Nebraska’s Big 12 opponents received 19 first downs as a result of a penalty, the highest total for a team’s opponents in the league. Conversely, Nebraska was awarded first downs because of penalties only seven times, the lowest total in the conference.
Rachel Bachman, Oregonian: If you attend a game at Oregon's Autzen Stadium, you have a 1 in 474 chance of being ejected. If you attend a game at Oregon State's Reser Stadium, you have a 1 in 2060 chance.
Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen: Which Alex Zendejas Facebook page will you like?
Betsy Blaney, Associated Press: Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said the fact that he hasn't heard from any schools with openings "further illustrates the damage" the firing has had on his reputation.
Christopher Burbach, Omaha World-Herald: Dallas police say they are not investigating alleged threats against Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, although they are continuing to provide extra patrols by his family home.
Lya Wodraska, Salt Lake Tribune: Could Utah's Kyle Whittingham be next on Miami's coaching list?
Bob Flounders, Patriot-News: Penn State continues to make little, if any, progress on the recruiting trail. The Nittany Lions have only seven commitments.
Darren Rovell, CNBC: Why is a fighter jet maker sponsoring a bowl game?
Oversigning.com: It looks like Alabama is getting an early start on the attrition needed to clear enough space for its 2011 class.
John Adams, Knoxville News Sentinel: If Auburn loses a reasonably close game to South Carolina, it still should earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: To the NCAA: Cam Newton is not another Reggie Bush. Not even close.
Pete Thamel, New York Times: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott express concerns about the NCAA's decision to declare Cam Newton eligible.
Pete Bigelow, Ann Arbor.com: More Big Ten expansion? Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says there's a good chance.
Tom Leo, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse, which reported a loss of almost $1 million in 2008, was back in the black last year with a profit of $3.9 million.
Kyle Veazey, Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi athletic director Pete Boone has sent a letter of apology to season ticket holders after the Rebels finished 4-8.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State struggled to draw crowds despite its first winning season since 1998. Only 13,715 fans, including 687 students, attended the regular season finale against Nevada Las Vegas.
J. Andrew Curliss, Raleigh News & Observer: Jennifer Wiley, the former tutor to athletes at North Carolina who officials say provided "impermissible" academic help to football players did so without the knowledge of coach Butch Davis, according to her lawyer.
Matt Crossman, Sporting News: How did the NCAA find out that former North Carolina player Robert Quinn accepted thousands of dollars in jewelry from an agent? At the urging of a university attorney, Quinn handed over his cell phone to an NCAA investigator who went through the player's private text messages.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Conference USA and the Mountain West are still talking about a partnership that could lead to their own BCS bid.
Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune: Honk if you care about Brigham Young in the New Mexico Bowl.
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