Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Ticket policies for the Bowl Championship Series title game cater to the wealthy.
Dom Amore, Hartford Courant: Connecticut still has 12,900 tickets to sell for the Fiesta Bowl and to make the problem worse, there is a plentiful supply of tickets well below face value available on the Internet.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Some Southern Methodist players are disappointed with their bowl assignment. "I did not want to be in Dallas for Christmas," left tackle Kelvin Beachum said.
Judy Battista, New York Times: An academic study has found that the practice of icing kickers in the NFL by calling a delaying timeout really works.
Ted Lewis, Times-Picayune: Scandal and strife have taken cheer out of the bowl season.
Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press: It won't matter how loud the righteous scream: The NCAA happily will exist within its hypocrisies because those funding the double standards — the bowls, the TV networks and, yes, the fans — will never demand accountability.
Brad Rock, Deseret News: The secret to Boise State's success? The Broncos have played on an ESPN channel 49 times in the past decade.
Neal Rubin, Detroit News: Give Rich Rodriguez time and he'll have Michigan back among the elite teams. The problem is, he'll still be Rich Rod — the guy at the party who's scanning the room as he talks to you, looking for someone more glamorous to spend time with.
Dick Harmon, Deseret News: Ty Detmer's name draws great interest as a possible addition to Brigham Young's coaching staff.
Brandon Chatmon, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy declined to discuss a report that he has offered the Cowboys' offensive coordinator position to Mike Leach.
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The Hawaii Bowl marked the end of an era, of sorts, for the Warriors. Of the 26 starting positions — 11 on offense, 12 on defense (counting the nickelback), three specialists (kicker, punter, long-snapper) — 13 were brought in by June Jones' coaching staff.
Eric Ferreri, Raleigh News & Observer: Though they concede coach Butch Davis ultimately is accountable for problems within North Carolina's program, several university trustees say the NFL should take a tougher stance with sports agents who tempt college athletes with the promise of riches.
Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: For Temple, it was a cordial parting with Al Golden.
Evan Woodbery, Mobile Press-Register: Bob Hoppe, a standout on Auburn's 1957 championship team, wrestled with a long-held secret.
Alan Schwarz, New York Times: Teaching young players a safer way to tackle.
Ed Enoch, Opelika-Auburn News: The family of Trooper Taylor has dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit that was filed against Auburn City Schools.
Izzy Gould, al.com: Alabama signee Aaron Douglas was arrested on a DUI charge early Christmas Day.
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