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• Adam Maya, Orange County Register: A letter surfaced online from the father of USC receiver Vidal Hazelton, questioning how his son was treated for injuries sustained against Virginia on Aug. 30. The letter is dated Sept. 1 and is addressed to Pete Carroll.
• Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: Michigan State can do everybody a favor by giving those big, ugly Buckeyes of Ohio State a beating.
• Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: The real story behind the suspension of Alabama receiver Brandon Gibson for the season's first two games.
• Austin American-Statesman: Did Texas dodge another recruiting bullet when it failed to land Darrell Scott? The hotshot running back has been beaten out at Colorado by fellow freshman Rodney Stewart.
• Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: A new study suggests that players should be held out of action a minimum of four weeks after suffering a concussion.
• The Zone Blitz: Quarterback Bobby Reid, who was the "kid" in Mike Gundy's rant last season, is tearing up the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
• Mark Allen, Bleacher Report: Four years later, Notre Dame's decision to fire Tyrone Willingham remains the right move.
• Matt Hayes, Sporting News: A look at coaches on the hot seat and who should get their jobs.
• Bud Withers, Seattle Times: USC's biggest challenge to overcome in the second half of the season could be computer rankings, which will hammer the Trojans' strength of schedule because of games against Washington State and Washington.
• Ken Goe, Oregonian: Oregon is asking for trouble if the school doesn't revisit its postgame practice of allowing fans on the field before the visiting team gets off it.
• Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Arizona State is planning a facelift for Sun Devil Stadium that could cost as much as $170 million.
• Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: Bobby Petrino's legacy has changed since he left Louisville for the riches of the NFL. Now he's returning to the Bluegrass State with his new team, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
• Richard Sandomir, New York Times: CBS College Sports said that it was laying off nearly one-quarter of its staff, or about 30 employees.
• Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper expects to undergo surgery to repair a fractured humerus bone, a procedure expected to sideline him from two to four weeks.
• Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike, who broke his left (non-throwing) forearm Sept. 27 at Akron, will return as the starter when the Bearcats' play at Connecticut next week.
• Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer: Chuck Amato claimed he was the grand prize winner in Thursday night's Florida State-North Carolina State game.
• Gregg Goldstein, Hollywood Reporter: Andie MacDowell is among the stars of The 5th Quarter, a movie about Wake Forest's 2006 season that will begin filming Thursday in Winston-Salem.