John E. Hoover, Tulsa World: Spreading the wealth: As the Big 12 withers, other conferences thrive with equal revenue distribution. Plus a chart comparing conference revenues, TV revenue and membership payouts among the six BCS conferences and Conference USA.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Big 12 administrators should blame the Longhorn Network mess on themselves.
Sports Media Watch: TV ratings were down this past weekend. Alabama-Florida earned a 4.7 overnight, a decline of 8% from CBS' primetime game last year. Nebraska-Wisconsin earned a 3.2 overnight on ABC, down 6% from last year.
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times: A Q&A with Mike Leach, in L.A. on a book-signing tour: "I know a lot of reporters there and while I have no respect for two [ESPN's Craig James and Joe Schad], most take extreme pride in their work and follow the rules of journalism school: Let the facts fall where they may."
Max Olson, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska's Bo Pelini is not ready to push the panic button.
Rob Schultz, Capital Times: Nebraska defensive tackle Chase Rome was cited by Dane County deputies early Sunday for criminal damage to property after he allegedly ripped off the front section of a towel dispenser in a bathroom at the Dane County Regional Airport.
Kellie Woodhouse, Ann Arbor.com: Michigan will get an eye-popping payout of $4.7 million to play its 2012 opener against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium.
Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Christian's Gary Patterson: "SMU people have been looking down at TCU people for a long time. The older [fans] and alumni around here had a certain feeling about SMU. I didn't have that feeling, but I'm getting it."
Tammy Nunez, Times-Picayune: Tulane's Bob Toledo says just because his house is on the market doesn't mean he's leaving.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Mississippi's Houston Nutt says his inability to sign Auburn cornerback Jermaine Whitehead offers a good example of why he opposes the SEC's new rule limiting 25 signees per class. The limit had briefly been 28 players and was changed because of concerns about oversigning.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Alabama's Nick Saban, without meaning to, explains the problem with polls.
Chase Goodbread, Tuscaloosa News: Former Alabama player Reggie Myles has filed a complaint with the University of Florida Police Department alleging that he was attacked by Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium shortly after the Crimson Tide's 38-10 win over the Gators on Saturday night.
Jeff Greenwell, Business Insider: Pennsylvania's House of Representatives recently approved a "Coach Joe Paterno Day" without telling Paterno.
Alexander Angert, Patriot-News: Paterno on his sideline duties: "I don't do much play calling anymore. I'm a cheerleader."
Lost Lettermen: Former Penn State fullback Matt Hahn has married Rachel Uchitel of Tiger Woods mistress fame.
Shotgun Spratling, Blue Workhorse: How good is USC receiver Robert Woods?
Ken Tysiac, Charlotte Observer: Former North Carolina coach Butch Davis called his firing in July "a total surprise."
Jack Lail, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee fans aren't half as crazy as you think.
Associated Press: Former Georgia and Marshall coach Jim Donnan said he changed his mind on a $5.5 million proposed settlement from a Ponzi scheme he was said to be involved with.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Charlotte Observer: The first yard of concrete has been poured for UNC Charlotte's $47 million football stadium.