Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Missouri's Gary Pinkel is standing by comments he made last week that were critical of the Big 12. Pinkel suggested that if equal revenue sharing for football broadcasts and limitations on content for the Longhorn Network cannot be made to Missouri's satisfaction, then the school should leave for the Southeastern Conference or another Bowl Championship Series league.
Associated Press: T. Boone Pickens says the Big 12 has "got a problem" if Mizzou splits.
Des Moines Register: Iowa State president Gregory Geoffroy said the university had maintained its legal rights to fight Texas A&M's move to the SEC.
Dick Harmon, Deseret News: There are several hurdles to clear if Brigham Young is to become a member of the Big 12, including BYUtv. The school has a broadcast facility worth more than $100 million and its technological capabilities are a decade ahead of the University of Texas.
Rob Christensen, Charlotte Observer: East Carolina has asked former North Carolina governor Jim Hunt to represent the university in its bid to become a member of the Big East Conference.
Greg Auman, St. Petersburg Times: South Florida president Judy Genshaft says reports of her attempting to block Central Florida's bid to join the Big East are "really, really wrong."
Sally Jenkins, Washington Post: The NCAA lost its teeth in court in 1984, and no one has been in charge since.
Tom Hoffarth, L.A. Daily News: After seeing Erin Andrews on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the media critic asks if the ESPN/ABC reporter could wear "a tinier, blacker cocktail dress with prostutional heals that shows lightly more skin ... unlike in your recent Self mag fitness spread."
Sports Media Watch: CBS earned a mere 2.6 overnight rating for Saturday’s Arkansas-Alabama game, down a whopping 52% from the same matchup last year.
Craig Harris, Arizona Republic: Part two of a seven-part series on the BCS. Why some teams pay to play in bowl games.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: The Arizona Republic's series on the BCS is once again exposing the excesses of bowl games, which could bring them down and lead to a playoff system.
George Sipple, Detroit Free Press: Michigan State's Mark Dantonio is circling the wagons before Saturday's game at Ohio State. Dantonio has closed off media access to his players. "I just feel like our players need to focus," he said.
Des Moines Register: A 71-year-old man faces charges after allegedly jumping onto the Kinnick Stadium playing field before spitting into an officer's face after the Hawkeyes' game last Saturday against Louisiana Monroe.
Ron Morris, Columbia State: A prep game in South Carolina was postponed last week because of 15-20 large, active fire-ant piles.