J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina's Butch Davis feared frustration and pent-up anger from the NCAA investigation was potentially destructive for the players involved in the probe and sought counseling for them in September, according to an email from Davis to athletic director Dick Baddour.
SportsBusiness Journal: The always entertaining list of bowl gifts to players.
Joe Vardon, Toledo Blade: Former Toledo running back Harvey "Scooter" McDougle, Jr., and three other former Rocket athletes are expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from an alleged point-shaving scheme at the university.
Doug Robinson, Deseret News: Why is Connecticut, at 8-4, in a Bowl Championship Series game?
Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says his conference already has sacrificed much for the good of college sports by giving up some access to the Rose Bowl and he sees no reason it should give even more to create a playoff.
Steve Wieberg, Steve Berkowitz and Jodi Upton, USA Today: Salaries for coaches are on the rise, but Fresno State's Pat Hill is taking a $300,000 pay cut in 2011. Plus, a breakdown of coaches' compensation for 2010, unique bonuses, Jim Tressel's special deal and why some public schools didn't reveal contract details.
Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Firing Dave Wannstedt was the easy part for Pittsburgh.
Gene Frenette, Florida Times-Union: Urban Meyer's decision to step down might be a good thing for the Florida Gators.
Dan Wolken, Memphis Commercial Appeal: So long, Dan Mullen, and thanks for the Mississippi State memories.
Richard Justice, Houston Chronicle: If Mack Brown wants to hire the best available offensive coordinator, he'll have Mike Leach on the next flight to Austin.
Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star: New Indiana coach Kevin Wilson was given a seven-year deal worth $1.2 million a year.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Wes Colley talks about his computer error that led to a change in the final BCS standings.
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Hawaii has recruited a 300-pound offensive lineman from New Zealand.
Blake Snow and Kyle Stack, Wired: The BCS isn't what you think. There are only three people on staff — executive director Bill Hancock and two part-time office assistants — and the operation is run out of Hancock's surburban Kansas City home. Plus, a look at the special cleats worn by Auburn's Cam Newton.
Jason Lisk, The Big Lead: Crappy bowl games have ruined college football's regular season.
Bill Connelly, Football Outsiders: Which teams like to run up the score? Here's a look.
Ron Sylvester, Wichita Eagle: Four of the five people accused of stealing more than $3 million in University of Kansas athletic tickets plead not guilty before a federal judge.
Jon Nyatawa, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska defensive tackle was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and suspended for the Holiday Bowl.
David Owens, Hartford Courant: Two Connecticut students, including a member of the football team, are facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos cost himself a lot of NFL money when he was arrested on drug charges.
Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review: Two Washington State players face felony charges after police discovered 38 marijuana plants in their rental home.
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