Phil Stukenborg, Memphis Commercial Appeal: That talk about Memphis joining the Big East is just that — talk. Tiger athletic director R.C. Johnson said, "I have had no meetings with the Big East."
Dave Hickman, Charleston Gazette: Unless Notre Dame is in the process of leaving the Big East, Memphis won't be joining anytime soon.
Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Joe Paterno was taken to a hospital after complaining of nausea, weakness and fatigue. It was determined that the 81-year-old coach was suffering from dehydration.
Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Crewcut Charlie Weis continues to have his name dragged into Spygate. It appears he was a key player the New England Patriots' illegal taping practices.
Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Why can't the Atlantic Coast Conference play its title game in the Georgia Dome? The Southeastern Conference is the main reason. Plus, the NCAA puts bowls on notice. There might not be enough 6-6 teams to go around.
Randy Kennedy, Mobile Press-Register: The ACC is severing its ties with the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise after the 2008 season and is looking to land a spot in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile beginning in 2009.
Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: About 70% of coaches favor an early signing date, according to a survey by the American Football Coaches Association.
Michael Grant, Louisville Courier-Journal: Rising costs have forced Louisville to scale back its expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Jerry Hill, Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor's opener at home against Wake Forest was moved from Aug. 30 to Thursday, Aug. 28.
Craig Smith, Seattle Times: Jailed Washington State safety Xavier Hicks has violated terms of his work-release agreement.
Here is today's mystery link. Thanks to Gordon Keith.