Chris Murray, Reno Journal-Gazette: Nevada's Chris Ault is lobbying for players to get five years to play five seasons. "That would end a lot of schools trying to hide things," he said. "That's the first thing. It cuts out the medical hardships. You've got five years to play and if you get hurt, you've got four. A lot of schools do some things that are somewhat inappropriate to get a guy's eligibility back. You don't have to worry about that stuff."
Sports Media Watch: TV ratings: The Big Ten title game drew 7.7 million viewers, second to the Southeastern Conference's 12 million. The Pacific 12 title game was watched by 4.9 million. ESPN's "College GameDay" averaged 2.1 million viewers, the most-viewed season in the history of the program. The Heisman Trophy presentation had 4.6 million viewers. For the season, CBS telecasts of SEC games were even with last year and down 5% from 2009. ABC telecasts were also even with last year and down 10% from 2009.
Bryant-Jon Anteola and Robert Kuwada, Fresno Bee: Fresno State has offered its head coaching job to Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
Salt Lake City Tribune: Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow is one of 30 applicants for the head coaching position at Hawaii.
Andy Bitter, Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl ticket sales are lagging, but why?
George Sipple, Detroit Free Press: Michigan State has sold only 5,000 of its ticket allotment of 11,500 for the Outback Bowl.
Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury News: Stanford has sold its allotment of 17,500 tickets for the Fiesta Bowl.