"Messina was totally cool with me kicking him to the curb."
"He's been living in an alley at the hotel across the marina for a week. The man is swimming in sadness."
"Well, then I guess we swim him over a life vest. Let's set sail."
Hold that thought: Nebraska won't be getting former blue-chip tight end Kavario Middleton, reports Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star, who is also excited to see Lavonte David in action.
Tommy Tuberville is impressed with how his running game has looked lately, reports Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Only 14 of the 120 FBS schools made money from athletics last year, but Texas and Missouri were among them.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com re-hashes the "One-Second Obsession" from the Big 12 title game and picks the North and South races.
A former UCLA chancellor is trying to block the addition of Utah and Colorado to the Pac-10, and Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman wonders if the Big 12 would take the Buffaloes back.
Give Taylor Potts the benefit of the doubt, upset Texas Tech fans. He deserves it, writes Adam Zuvanich of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Now is the time for Oklahoma State defensive end Richetti Jones to shine, writes John Helsley of The Oklahoman.
Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle previews Kansas State's situation at quarterback.
Wes Kemp's numbers on the stat sheet in two scrimmages for Missouri aren't a cause for concern for Tiger fans. The receiver is most valuable elsewhere, writes Dieter Kurtenbach of the Columbia Missourian.
Sam Acho has already proved plenty of his potential. Now it's brother Emmanuel's turn, writes Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman.
A move to single-digit numbers has helped the mindset of a pair of Kansas defensive backs, writes Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star. Elsewhere at Kansas, true freshman Keeston Terry's high school coach says a move to from receiver to safety isn't a bad idea, based on what he did in high school, reports Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.
Chuck Carlton at The Dallas Morning News predicts a 9-3 season for Texas A&M.
Mike Leach and Craig James are trying to move on, but David Barron of the Houston Chronicle checks on the aftermath of the end of last season.