Fred Girard, Detroit News: In a Jan. 10 letter of resignation, Rich Rodriguez says he agreed to a $4 million penalty clause in his contract with West Virginia only because the school's new president, Mike Garrison, promised him the clause would be at least halved, if not cut completely. Text of the letter.
Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press: At this point, Michigan and Rich Rod would be wise to find an end to the squabble with West Virginia.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: It has been 25 years since Bear Bryant died. Will Alabama ever escape the long shadow of Bryant? The question ought to be why would Alabama want to?
Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina's Steve Spurrier reminded his team to use caution on mopeds after two players were involved in separate scooter accidents in a six-day span.
Craig Barners, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: A flag football game between Miami Dolphin legends and Miami Hurricane legends will highlight events scheduled as an official farewell to the Orange Bowl this weekend.
Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Three Penn State players who were suspended for the final two games of the season for their alleged connection to a campus fight in October have been "excused" from the team.
National Football Foundation: An exhaustive listing of viewership, attendance and trivia about the bowl season. Thanks to Get The Picture!
Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas, coming off a 12-1 season, is raising ticket prices.
Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Another team is trying to cash in on signing day. Minnesota will charge $10 for its event.
Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: Hotshot prep recruit Terrelle Pryor has canceled a scheduled recruiting visit to Louisiana State.
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