Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press: Playoff PAC, the political action committee that wants the bowls replaced with a championship playoff system, plans to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday against the operators of the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls, three of the five games that constitute the Bowl Championship Series, alleging the games violated their tax-exempt status by paying excessive salaries and perks, providing "sweetheart loans" and doing undisclosed lobbying. Link to Playoff PAC site.
Steve Berkowitz, Jodi Upton, Michael McCarthy and Jack Gillum, USA Today: Excellent piece on how student fees are being jacked up to pay for intercollegiate athletics. Plus a chart analyzing the percentage of tuition that goes to athletics and a database examining schools' athletic budgets.
Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said former Kansas coach Mark Mangino has not been hired as a consultant to Golden Gopher coach Tim Brewster.
Scott Wolf, Inside USC: HBO's Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel criticized the NCAA for punishing USC over the Reggie Bush affair but not punishing Florida for having 27 players arrested in Urban Meyer's tenure.
Laken Litman, Dallas Morning News: Students at Texas are petitioning to change the date of the 2011 Red River Rivalry because the game falls on Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays. The game is currently scheduled for Oct. 8, 2011.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Improving USC is 3-0, but it's not getting much love from voters in the Associated Press poll.
Jay Christensen, Covers: What's the easiest way to impress pollsters and boosters? Try running up the score. A look at four coaches who aren't afraid of scoring a few style points.
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: Why all the cupcakes on nonconference schedules of Big Ten teams? Money.