Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: The Pacific 10's Tom Hansen, the longest-tenured Division I conference commissioner, will retire next summer after 26 years on the job. We're not sure what will happen to Fire Tom Hansen.com.
Pete Thamel, New York Times: Will Hansen's departure, along with Kevin White leaving Notre Dame for Duke and Mike Tranghese's upcoming retirement as Big East commissioner, change the way the Bowl Championship Series does business? "I don't really think so," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said.
Tim Stephens, Orlando Sentinel: Could $5-a-gallon gasoline drive the playoff debate? Given skyrocketing coaching salaries and the fact there are millions of playoff dollars sitting on the table unclaimed, it's a possibility to consider.
Anthony Cotton, Denver Post: Colorado's Dan Hawkins, who toured the state in a motor home and greeted fans during the recruiting dead period created by the Saban Rule, plans to expanded the "CU Hawk Talk Tour" to more cities in future years.
Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Surgery to repair a torn graft from previous ACL surgery in the left knee of Missouri receiver Danario Alexander was termed a success.
Amy Donaldson, Deseret News: Here is one hotshot recruit who has already said no to Crewcut Charlie Weis.
Ron Morris, Columbia State: South Carolina learned a few lessons from its three years of probation. First, hire a coach with no history of problems complying with NCAA rules.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: The state Ethics Commission said it has received a list of Hawaii officials and others who traveled to the Sugar Bowl for what it said will be a wide-ranging review of the school's travel policy.
Donovan Aird, Mustang Daily: How Cal Poly plans to spend the $500,000 it will get for playing at Wisconsin.