Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: USC compliance officials are interviewing players regarding recruiting dinners held at the restaurant of John Papadakis, a former player. The concerns were originally raised last December by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Dave Dye and Lynn Henning, Detroit News: Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has emerged as a possible frontrunner for the Michigan State opening. Steve Mariucci, who said he wasn't interested, confirmed a three-hour meeting last week with Spartan officials.
Aaron Fentress, Oregonian: Oregon backup quarterback Brady Leaf denies that he will transfer at season's end.
Associated Press: The Berkeley City Council has voted to file a lawsuit to stop extensive upgrades to California's Memorial Stadium, which straddles the Hayward Fault.
Adam Liptak, New York Times: An artist is being sued by Alabama because his merchandise allegedly violated the university's trademark rights (registration).
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist. Indiana receiver James Hardy picks Ohio State to beat Michigan. "They're stronger and they're faster. When they hit you, they try to hurt you." Subscription, so story is in comments.
Troy Phillips, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Tech co-offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes, Texas Christian offensive coordinator Mike Schultz and Carroll (Texas) High coach Todd Dodge are possible candidates for the North Texas job.
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle: Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione doesn't have all the answers to his fading team's problems.
Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier-Journal: Some Louisville fans were upset over assistant coach Jeff Brohm yelling at his brother Brian, the starting quarterback, during the loss at Rutgers.
Lee Jenkins, New York Times: It started with billboards in South Florida. Then coach Greg Schiano held a camp in Miami. Rutgers' plan to lure players from Florida to New Jersey has worked to perfection (registration).
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: From all indications, it's going to get ugly over Mike Shula's future at Alabama.