Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh has hired Michael Haywood of Miami (Ohio) as its coach. Haywood, 46, led the RedHawks to a 9-4 record this season. He will start his duties immediately and not coach Miami in the GMAC Bowl.
Joe Muench, El Paso Times: Ticket sales aren't going well for the New Mexico Bowl. As of Tuesday, only 9,740 tickets had been sold for Saturday's matchup between Brigham Young and Texas El Paso.
Darren Rovel, CNBC: The virtual yellow line that signifies where a first down is could be coming to a stadium near you. An inventor is trying to market a laser that can be attached to first-down markers and be seen by players and spectators.
Darren Everson, Wall Street Journal: Over the past 10 years, 41 teams have been double-digit underdogs in bowl games. The underdogs have a 26-14-1 record against the spread, including 12 who won outright.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Your bowl games preview, from BBVA to BCS.
Tom Hoffarth, Farther Off the Wall: Bowl naming rights. Either the giants of the Forbes 500 weren't bold enough to spend a little walking-around money and slap their logo on the midfield stripe, or this is an ingenious way for major corporate America to protest the whole postseason charade.
The Big Lead: The five most disappointing teams of 2010.
Sports by Brooks: Is this the Cam Newton laptop?
Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer: Meineke's sponsorship of the Car Care Bowl is about to end. The game is changing its name to the Belk Bowl.
Craig Harris, Arizona Republic: The Fiesta Bowl, under a state investigation amid accusations its employees made illegal campaign contributions, no longer will give Arizona legislators free tickets to its games.
John Ourand, SportsBusiness Journal: There is a "strong likelihood" the Pacific 10 will launch its own cable channel in 2012, according to commissioner Larry Scott.
Austin Karp, SportsBusiness Daily: CBS led all networks broadcasting games this season with a 4.2 rating and 6.9 million viewers for its package of Southeastern Conference games. The top-viewed game of the season was the Auburn-Alabama matchup on Nov. 26.
Nathan Crabbe, Gainesville Sun: Florida is increasing ticket prices by $5 a game for 2011.
Fresno Bee: Three Fresno State players, including starting weakside linebacker Kyle Knox, have been suspended for the Humanitarian Bowl.
Greg Auman, St. Petersburg Times: Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt had a hand in Al Golden getting the job at Miami.
Charles Goldberg, Huntsville Times: Auburn was listed at 50-1 odds to win the BCS championship at the start of the season.
Matt Tait, Lawrence Journal-World: There's reason for hope, reason for fear after Turner's Gill's roller-coaster first season at Kansas.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: California is still expected to play at Colorado next season in what will be considered a nonconference game.
Ken Tysiac, Charlotte Observer: North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien doesn't think quarterback Russell Wilson will return for his senior season. Plus, North Carolina State has sold more than 8,500 tickets for the Champs Sports Bowl.
Austin Ward, Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee is dealing with personnel issues as it begins practice for the Music City Bowl.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Where are they now? Some deposed Iowa players of the recent past didn't leave football behind.
Steve Campbell, Houston Chronicle: Houston has filed an appeal with the NCAA seeking a sixth year of eligibility for quarterback Case Keenum. Officials are hoping for an answer from the governing body by Jan. 25, the deadline for registering for the spring semester.
Dirk Facer, Deseret News: Surgery on the throwing shoulder of Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn was called a success.
Mike Ogle, The Quad: Where is Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy?
Sports Media Watch: Erik Kuselias is leaving ESPN to host a new morning show on the Golf Channel.
Nolan Weidner, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse punter Rob Long's surgery to remove a benign brain tumor went well.
Pete Bigelow, Ann Arbor.com: Former Michigan player Boubacar Cissoko, already serving time for assault with intent to rob, got additional time for assaulting a prison employee.
ESPN: The 2010-11 bowl schedule.
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