Eric Ferreri, Raleigh News & Observer: A plan to renovate the aged bathrooms in Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium is on hold for another year, so the university is bringing in high-end portable toilets for women to use during games. "They're a lot nicer than what we have now," associate athletic director Chris Kennedy said.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: An excellent look at Pacific 10 coaches' salaries. Oregon State's Mike Riley needs a raise. Arizona's Mike Stoops and Washington's Tyrone Willingham each get a dollars-to-win grade of D. Stanford's Jim Harbaugh might be a steal at an estimated $550,000 a year.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Searching for reasons to hire a search firm. Why can't an athletic department with dozens of people on the staff and tens of millions of dollars in the budget handle the entire search process from beginning to end?
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado's athletic department, swimming in red ink, is exploring selling the naming rights to Folsom Field under the condition that any potential buyer agree to include the current name in the future moniker.
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Louisiana Monroe, which entered into a five-game agreement with Arkansas in 2003, will be paid $500,000 for a game in Little Rock on Sept. 6. As part of the deal, Louisiana Monroe will be designated as the home team in order to use the crowd count for its home attendance figures.
Joseph Person, Columbia State: NCAA probation ends Friday for South Carolina, bringing a close to an unpleasant chapter in the Gamecocks' history that cost one athletics department official his job and increased to three the number of teams Lou Holtz left on NCAA probation.
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: There are three pillars that protect Notre Dame's football independence — the team's strong presence at the Bowl Championship Series negotiating table, the NBC TV contract and a stable Big East Conference. If any of those collapse, the new athletic director will likely be charged with finding a conference home for football and the other sports without the kind of leverage Notre Dame enjoys now.
Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: The Hawaii State Ethics Commission has requested that the University of Hawaii provide it with a complete list of the travel party for the Sugar Bowl. Officials want the list to help determine whether any laws were broken, specifically the Hawaii State Ethics Code.
Gordon Brunskill, Centre Daily Times: An NHL regular season game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 1 at Penn State's Beaver Stadium sounds like a good idea, but...
Associated Press: A luxury suite at Minnesota's new, on-campus stadium will get you accommodations for 16 to 19 guests, top sight lines, indoor and outdoor chair-back seating, a refrigerator and sink and two flat-panel televisions (and a lousy team). The cost? $45,000 a season.
Ivan Zlatar, The Dartmouth: Former Stanford and Tulane coach Buddy Teevens is getting mixed reviews for his rebuilding project at Dartmouth.
Dave Hickman, Charleston Gazette: West Virginia safety Charles Pugh, who is facing a felony charge, was kicked off the team.
Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh sophomore receiver Maurice Williams has been declared academically ineligible for the upcoming season.
Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia defensive end Jeremy Lomax was arrested late Tuesday night by on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and speeding.
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