Kyle Tucker, Virginian-Pilot: Virginia Tech will open the 2009 season against a Southeastern Conference opponent — possibly Alabama — at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Check that. Sources in Alabama say the Crimson Tide won't be playing the Hokies in 2009. ... Rapoport also reports that linebacker Ezekial Knight's career officially ended when Nick Saban declared him "medically disqualified."
Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Tennessee junior offensive guard Jacques McClendon set a team record with a Herculean 645-pound deadlift.
Heisman Pundit: What does West Virginia's Pat White have to do to win the Heisman?
Honolulu Advertiser: This Bud's for U. Budweiser will donate 25 cents from the sale of every case of the adult beverage to help fund improvements to Warrior facilities.
Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer: Obstacles are mounting for Rutgers' $102 million expansion of its stadium.
Scott Bordow, East Valley Tribune: Former Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder, 68, has told friends that he is battling cancer.
Terrance Harris, Houston Chronicle: New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs said he turned down a $1.8 million offer to move the Lobos' Sept. 6 home game against Texas A&M to San Antonio.
Indianapolis Star: Workers began laying down portions of the new FieldTurf at Indiana's Memorial Stadium. Part of the old surface was damaged last month by flooding. Officials say the project will be completed in time for the Hoosiers' season opener Aug. 30 against dreaded Western Kentucky.