Pete Thamel, New York Times: Auburn's interim president outlined several proposals to change the university's academic policies in the wake of reports that suggested some athletes were receiving preferential treatment (registration).
Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: In a bizarre story, Miami safety Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks during a shootout that also involved teammate and roommate Brandon Meriweather. The players rent a house owned by defensive backs coach Tim Walton, with the approval of the university's compliance office.
Bradley Olson, Baltimore Sun: The military jury that acquitted former Navy quarterback Lamar Owens of rape spared him from having to serve time in prison on two related felonies stemming from a sexual encounter with a female midshipman (registration).
Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News: Opponents of a plan to add luxury boxes to Michigan Stadium, including a former speechwriter for President Clinton, voiced their displeasure during a meeting of the Board of Regents.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington running back J.R. Hasty is likely to be academically ineligible.
Jimmy Watson, Shreveport Times: Louisiana Tech has lost its defensive coordinator two weeks before the start of fall drills.