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• Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times: UCLA's Rick Neuheisel, who has been using a helicopter to aid in recruiting, won't have use of the whirly bird Friday night. The helicopter, which is owned by the grandson of the late television bandleader Lawrence Welk, is "already occupied."
• Jodi Upton and Kristen Novak, USA Today: Although graduation rates of athletes continue to rise, the athletes are clustering in majors.
• Ken Tysiac, Charlotte Observer: Some members of the officiating crew that worked last week's North Carolina loss at Maryland have been disciplined by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun: Florida State has designated Saturday night's Maryland game as a "sod game." That means the Seminoles -- if they win -- will bring a sample of Byrd Stadium turf back to Tallahassee.
• Jason Kelly, South Bend Tribune: Some suggestions for ways stadium employees and the participants, not just green-clad fans, can get in the spirit and contribute to Notre Dame's first "carbon-neutral" game Saturday.
• Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: ESPN is getting way to big for its britches.
• Sports By Brooks: Prized linebacker recruit Manti Te'o of Honolulu will be visiting Notre Dame this weekend, prompting officials to stop plans by a group of fans to distribute about 8,000 leis before Saturday's game against Syracuse. Officials thought the move could be construed as an NCAA violation.
• Peter Kerasotis, Florida Today: Why Urban Meyer is the next coach at Notre Dame.
• Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: North Texas freshman receiver Forrest Rucker was arrested on two felony counts of credit card/debit card abuse.