David Ovalle, Miami Herald: Miami-Dade homicide detectives seized an assault rifle, shotgun, handgun, ammunition and a folding rifle stock from the apartment of slain Miami player Bryan Pata (registration).
Pete Pelegrin, Miami Herald: Five coaches — including four with ties to Miami — have emerged as leaders in the search for a coach at Florida International (registration).
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette: Big East notebook. Greg Schiano of Rutgers and Rich Rodriguez of West Virginia will likely draw attention from Miami and Alabama.
Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese says critics of the Bowl Championship Series should quit yapping.
Doug Segrest, Birmingham News: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is a lock to win the Heisman Trophy.
Robbie Neiswanger, Clarion Ledger: Mississippi athletic director Pete Boone called the Rebels' second season under Madman Ed Orgeron a step in the right direction.