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Jimmy Clausen and Notre Dame are still a big bowl draw.
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Jay Christensen produces The Wiz Of Odds.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Tickets for the Hawaii Bowl are going fast, thanks to Notre Dame's presence in the game. Ticket purchases have been made from nearly 40 of the 50 states and several Canadian provinces in the first three days since the matchup with Hawaii was announced. While the Fighting Irish will travel 4,327 miles to play in the game, the team will surely see a handsome profit for the bowl season. Not the case for Hawaii, which will struggle to break even despite being only a bus ride from the game.

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Why can't Notre Dame run the ball? Former Fighting Irish player Tom Thayer says zone blocking's to blame.

Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: The finalists to become San Diego State's coach: Ball State's Brady Hoke, former Texas A&M, Alabama and Texas Christian coach Dennis Franchione and UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.

Steve Bauer, Champaign News-Gazette: Illinois sophomore linebacker Martez Wilson is in stable condition at a local hospital after being injured in an incident on campus Thursday night.

Chloe White, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Phillip Fulmer has declined an offer for a three-month appointment as special assistant to university president John Petersen.

Bob Flounders, Harrisburg Patriot-News: Joe Paterno, a few weeks removed from hip replacement surgery, walked into Friday's media session without the aid of a cane or a crutch. And he still believes he will be on the sideline for the USC game.

Ken Gordon, Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State freshman defensive end Nathan Williams said his arrest Wednesday on a shoplifting charge is a case of trying to protect a friend.

Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Mike Leach said he hasn't signed the new contract offered by Texas Tech and assumes he will be back in Lubbock.

Brian Kimball, Arizona Daily Wildcat: Arizona linebacker Sterling Lewis, third on the team in tackles, won't play in the Las Vegas Bowl after he received a DUI and was accused of driving against traffic.

John Heuser, Ann Arbor News: Freshman running back Sam McGuffie, who played in 10 games for Michigan, has decided to transfer.

Kent Youngblood, Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota receiver Eric Decker had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair cartilage damage but is expected to play in the Golden Gophers' bowl game against Kansas on New Year's Eve.

Daniel Lyght, Fresno Bee: The rivalry between the Western Athletic and Mountain West conferences is alive and well.

Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: Auburn has released Tommy Tuberville's letter of resignation.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: After Washington finished 0-12, officials have announced that there will be no ticket price increases.

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