Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who recently spent time exchanging ideas with Florida coaches during a visit to Gainesville, says Husky quarterback Jake Locker is in the same class as Tim Tebow. "He's right there, believe me,'' Lappano said. "He's right there. He's not far away.''
Ed McGranahan, Greenville News: Clemson has committed more than $3 million this year to football coaching salaries and athletic director Terry Don Phillips wonders where it's going to stop. "It can't continue to escalate the way it is," he said.
Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: It appears that Ryan Perrilloux is calling the shots at Louisiana State. After Les Miles said he expected Perrilloux back at practice on Monday, the quarterback was a no-show for the second day in a row. Miles isn't talking and there's only one more practice before Saturday's spring game.
Pat Harty, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Iowa is thought to be down to only one scholarship running back after sophomore-to-be Jevon Pugh dropped out of school.
Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has apparently dismissed Brad Thorson after the offensive lineman was involved in a practice incident that left defensive end Dan Moore sidelined for at least the remainder of the spring because of a knee injury.
Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Tennessee's opener at UCLA has been moved to Sept, 1. The Labor Day game will be televised on ESPN. "The opportunity to play unopposed on national television against such a quality opponent as UCLA was something we couldn't pass up," athletic director Mike Hamilton said.
Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier-Journal: The Kentucky-Louisville game has been moved to Aug. 31, a Sunday, and will be televised on ESPN. Louisville officials had wanted the game to be played on Labor Day, but Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart balked at the idea, saying a Monday night game would not leave the Wildcats enough preparation time for their game against dreaded Norfolk State the following Saturday.
Brandon George, Dallas Morning News: Texas Tech and Oklahoma State have agreed to move their annual game to the Dallas area beginning in 2009. But will it be played at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington or the renovated Cotton Bowl?
Bill Wagner, Annapolis Capital: Navy could have a bowl destination. The proposed Congressional Bowl, to be played Dec. 20, reached an agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference to fill a slot. Officials are hoping to fill the other slot with a service academy, with the Midshipmen at the top of the list.
Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times: Virginia linebacker J'Courtney Williams, already on probation for possession of marijuana, now faces a larceny charge in connection with a March 10 incident at the university's aquatic and fitness center.
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