Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State has put its athletics department on a two-year probation and plans to reduce scholarships in several sports. The self-imposed penalties came as a result of the university's investigation into an academic-misconduct case involving about 60 student-athletes — most of them tied into allegations of cheating in an online music course.
Lauren Gustus and Justin Lawson, Reno Gazette-Journal: Fernley High coach Mark Hodges, at the center of a recruiting hoax involving player Kevin Hart, is alleging the Lyon County School District defamed his character in media reports and will file a lawsuit against the district and its board members.
Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times: Bob Pruett, the former Marshall coach, has come out of retirement to become Virginia's defensive coordinator.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati's Brian Kelly said "there's no question we're disappointed" after quarterback Ben Mauk was denied a sixth season of eligibility.
Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News: The snarl of legal problems facing Penn State football players got a bit less tangled when safety Anthony Scirrotto pleaded guilty to defiant trespass — a third-degree misdemeanor — for his participation in an April 1 incident at an off-campus apartment.
Debra Dennis, Dallas Morning News: Lorenzo Jones, a former Texas Christian defensive tackle, was released from jail after 11 months when a sexual assault charge against him was dismissed.
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette: Alleged death threats made against Rich Rodriguez's family are being investigated by law enforcement officials in West Virginia.
Roll Bama Roll: A blogger calls out Brian Cook of AOL's Fanhouse for a "snake oil" column. Thanks to Erik!