Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Is Florida International coach Mario Cristobal about to take the job at Pittsburgh?
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow interviewed for the opening at Hawaii. Also on the Warriors' list: Texas assistant head coach Duane Akina, Baylor associate head coach Brian Norwood, Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker and Jacksonville Jaguar offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Sports by Brooks: Colorado State paid a search firm $250,000 to help find new coach Jim McElwain.
Tom Witherspoon, Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas fans might be fired up about Charlie Weis, but his most memorable game while coach at Notre Dame was a loss.
Ron Morris, Columbia State: South Carolina is taking the easy route when it comes to self-imposed penalties.
Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News: Penn State officials are reviewing Saturday's post-practice fight between starting quarterback Matt McGloin and receiver Curtis Drake. Complicating matters is that second-string quarterback Rob Bolden reportedly has a legal issue that could keep him out of the TicketCity Bowl.
Scott Terrell, Tucson Citizen: The positive coverage of Arizona's hiring of Rich Rodriguez has been matched by the negative response to Arizona State's hiring of Todd Graham.
E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times: Former Notre Dame walk-on Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger settled a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that accused Ruettiger and 12 others of swindling investors in Rudy Nutrition. Part of the agreement calls for him to play $382,866.
Cole Manbeck, Manhattan Mercury: Kansas State fans are scrambling to find tickets to the Cotton Bowl, which allotted 12,500 tickets to the team. Tickets on the secondary average more than $200.
Sports Media Watch: Craig James has been granted a leave from ESPN while he gears up for a U.S. Senate run.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State coaches and players were upset with a "phantom call" by the officiating crew at the New Orleans Bowl. The call — "illegal stemming" — helped position Louisiana Lafayette for the winning field goal.
Sam Khan Jr., Houston Chronicle: A foundation that endows athletic scholarships at Houston may have lost some of its assets because of investments in an alleged Ponzi scheme.
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: It was another big finish for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, which after 15 years finally has an identity.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Southeastern Conference officials should work the Bowl Championship Series title game, but won't.
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Inquirer: Temple coach Steve Addazio, inspired after the Owls' victory in the New Mexico Bowl, says the best is yet to come for his team.
Adam Thompson, Wall Street Journal: Quiz: Know your bowl games.
Bob Gillespie, Columbia State: Former Clemson player Javis Austin has rebuilt his life after a failed suicide attempt.
Creg Stephenson, Al.com: Former Alabama running back Jimmy Johns, who spent 13 months in prison after pleading to charges of delivery and possession of a controlled substance, is turning his life around.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Bowl trophies — some good, some not so much.
David Harris, Bryan-College Station Eagle: Time to rework those recruiting rankings. Oklahoma freshman running back Brandon Williams, a five-star recruit last year, is transferring to Texas A&M.
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