Randy Kenner, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee has agreed to a deal with Host Communications worth at least $83.4 million over 10 years for most of the multimedia rights to Volunteer athletics (registration).
Tim Kirby and Todd Schulz, Lansing State Journal: Michigan State freshman defensive back Ken Tinney has been kicked off the team and kicker John Goss, who missed key field goals in losses to Michigan and Ohio State, has left the team and is working in sales (thanks to Kevin for the tip).
Philadelphia Daily News: A Notre Dame player is reportedly transferring to Temple and will be eligible this fall because he is a full-time graduate student.
Heather A. Dinich, Baltimore Sun: Plans to renovate Maryland's Byrd Stadium include lowering the field about 30 inches, installing a temporary bubble for winter workouts and, of course, luxury suites (registration).
Nelson Hernandez, Washington Post: A jury heard a secretly taped phone call in which former Navy quarterback Lamar Owens apologized to a female midshipman he is accused of raping (registration).
Tony Phifer, Coloradoan: Workers are putting the finishing touches on the installation of FieldTurf at Colorado State's Hughes Stadium.
Hartford Courant: Connecticut and Temple have agreed to a four-game series beginning in 2007.
Athens Banner-Herald: ESPN analyst Bill Curry has accepted a job at a private school where he will teach leadership to high school students.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Meet the man they call "Captain Video." Colorado's Jamie Guy is the Big 12 video coordinator of the year (registration).
Randy Kennedy, Mobile Press-Register: The GMAC Bowl in Mobile will be played on Jan. 7, the night before the BCS title game. ESPN earlier sought to move the Alamo Bowl to that date.