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Johnny Majors isn't much of a Phillip Fulmer believer.
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Jay Christensen produces TheWizOfOdds.com.

Knoxville News-Sentinel: Former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors has taken his second shot in as many weeks at Phillip Fulmer, this time calling his hiring of Fulmer as an assistant one of the biggest mistakes he ever made. "There's nothing funny about it, but that was one of the main mistakes I made in my coaching career. Maybe that's the major mistake, but I'm not going to talk about what they're doing now."

Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Would Missouri's Gary Pinkel be interested in coaching Washington, where he was an assistant for 12 years under Don James, if the Husky job becomes open? "I don't know why he'd even want to consider coming out here, with the facilities he's got and the way he's got it going ... I wouldn't know why anybody would want to leave Missouri now," James said. "It would be a tough, long haul."

Ron Morris, Columbia State: Clemson's ugly loss at Wake Forest could signal the end for Tommy Bowden.

Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: A list of 10 coaches who could take over for Bowden.

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Remember Taylor Zarzour? The North Carolina radio host heard it from Auburn fans after he left the Tigers out of his Associated Press preseason Top 25. Apparently Zarzour was right.

Ira Schoffel, Miami Herald: Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and punter Graham Gano walked away unharmed after Ponder's SUV was nearly totaled in an accident.

Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Notre Dame players talk about being taunted on the road. Fullback Asaph Schwapp: "At Michigan State this year, I was going out for a little pregame warmup. I shaved my head before the game and everybody started yelling 'Rogaine.' That was pretty funny."

Todd Finkelmeyer, Capital Times: The Wisconsin band is now off double secret probation and will be allowed to perform at Saturday's home game against Penn State.

B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News: His lightly soiled tea leaves say Texas' chances against Oklahoma are better than in recent seasons because of quarterback Colt McCoy and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Bud Withers, Seattle Times: The best way to stop the spread offense?  
Former Washington coach Jim Lambright gives this advice: Crowd the line of scrimmage. Try to overload a side with one more defender than the line can block. Jam the receivers. Punish the quarterback for all these offensive pyrotechnics.

Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register: Quarterback Phillip Bates' decision to leave Iowa State smells like a giant pout job, if not outright abandonment.

Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: The bailout plan for San Diego State football: University officials are proposing a student-fee increase that would help relieve annual budget pressures stemming in large part from persistent football revenue shortfalls.

Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee: A local party promoter had to remove an Internet flier publicizing a birthday party for Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews after the promoter learned it could be an NCAA violation. Mathews turns 21 on Saturday. The Bulldogs play Idaho earlier in the day. Plus, coach Pat Hill's frustrations surfaced during his weekly call-in show.

Honolulu Advertiser: Fresno State has apologized to Hawaii for showing a video clip of last year's hit on former Warrior quarterback Colt Brennan in a promotional ad, people familiar with the issue said.

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