Jay Christensen produces The Wiz Of Odds.
• Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz and former Minnesota and Kansas coach Glen Mason are reportedly "persons of interest" in San Diego State's search for a replacement for the fired Chuck Long.
• Philadelphia Daily News: Temple coach Al Golden has turned down an opportunity to pursue the opening at Syracuse.
• Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he didn't interview other coaches before deciding to stick with Charlie Weis. "I didn't do it. No one representing the university did it. I didn't authorize any intermediary or third party to do it. It just didn't happen."
• John-Paul Witt, Notre Dame Observer: Notre Dame officials, embarrassed that students were throwing snowballs at players during the Nov. 22 game against Syracuse, plan to use video cameras in the stadium to catch students in the act.
• Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Making the argument for Utah to earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
• Joe Moredich, Tucson Citizen: Prominent financial boosters say they will back Arizona coach Mike Stoops even if the Wildcats lose Saturday to rival Arizona State.
• Athens Banner-Herald: A Georgia fan who was upset that the Bulldogs lost to Georgia Tech had reason to celebrate after the game. He learned that he won $203,300 after picking the five winning numbers in a lottery drawing.
• Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Texas fans are again turning to Facebook in an attempt to help Colt McCoy win the Heisman. Mack Brown also said he voted Texas No. 2 in the coaches poll, behind Alabama. Oklahoma was No. 4.
• Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Oklahoma's Bob Stoops can earn $585,000 in performance bonuses if the Sooners win out.
• Mark Janssen, Manhattan Mercury: No names yet, but Kansas State coach Bill Snyder says two-thirds of his staff is complete.
• David Steele, Baltimore Sun: If you don't like the BCS, you have a choice. So stop complaining and start clicking. Boycott it, all of it. Or, if that word is too extreme-sounding, just don't watch.
• Steve Dilbeck, L.A. Daily News: Rick Neuheisel has only one person to blame for UCLA being a 30-point underdog to USC. That person is Karl Dorrell.
• Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: The power of Pete Carroll. Rumor is that the USC coach recommended Oregon offensive coordinator Chip Kelly for the Syracuse job. That resulted in Kelly being named the Ducks' coach in waiting.