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• Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: How rapid is the bowl expansion? There are 34 bowls today, up from 28 in 2005, the largest expansion over a three-year period since 1944-47. The director of the Music City Bowl says there are too many postseason games.
• Steve Ellis and Anthony Anamelechi, Tallahassee Democrat: Several Florida State players were involved in an on-campus fight Wednesday with members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. The incident is under investigation.
• Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Actor/Iowa fan Tom Arnold regrets that he couldn't attend the Hawkeyes' victory over Penn State, but he cheered the team on from Japan.
• Tim MacMahon, Dallas Morning News: Does Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree have a flaw in his game? "One thing he is going to have to learn is to tuck the ball away," Dallas Cowboy receiver Roy Williams said. "He kind of has that Reggie Bush syndrome where he holds the ball out. Tuck the ball."
• Jeffrey Martin, Kansas City Star: The parents of Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson don't see their son taking the Kansas State job. "I'm sure he's not taking that job," Gail Patterson said.
• Mercedes Mayer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The Mountain West will look into tweaking schedules after TCU played a Saturday night game in Las Vegas followed by a Thursday night game in Salt Lake City.
• Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: The San Diego State athletic department has about 500,000 reasons to root against the Aztecs on Saturday.
• Teddy Feinberg, Las Cruces Sun-News: Hal Mumme might soon be out as New Mexico State coach. Making things easier is that Mumme refused to sign a one-year contract extension offered to him last year.
• Austin Ward, Casper Star-Tribune: Wyoming's Joe Glenn has always been a winner when visiting Las Vegas, including picking up $100 on the tables before calling it quits during a media event last summer.
• Aaron Shill, Mormon Times: There are more than 100 returned missionaries listed on the rosters of Brigham Young, Utah and Utah State.
• Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: More on Rick Neuheisel's return Saturday to Washington, a program that hasn't been the same since he left.
• Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Exactly what did Stanford's Jim Harbaugh say about possibly becoming the coach of the Oakland Raiders?
• Spencer Tillman, CBS Sports.com: If the attitudes toward hiring African Americans as head coaches are slow to change, let's change the hiring system.
• Cheryl Caswell, Charleston Daily Mail: Mark Plants, who played fullback for West Virginia from 1996 to 2000, credits former Mountaineer coach Don Nehlen for helping him getting elected to the post of Kanawha County Prosecutor.