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From the NCAA infraction database "A SA received an impermissible extra benefit of a birthday card...

From the NCAA infraction database "A SA received an impermissible extra benefit of a birthday card from an academic mentor."

Surprise! Today's reminder that NCAA rules are insane comes from Brad Barnes of Texas A&M's compliance department. You can't make this stuff up.

"Did I do it? Yes," Updyke said outside of an elevator on the second floor of the Lee County...

"Did I do it? Yes," Updyke said outside of an elevator on the second floor of the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika.

There it is With this, Harvey Updyke has apparently confesed to poisoning Toomer's Oaks in an interview with the Auburn Plainsman. Not that there was any doubt, mind you, as a quick intervention from his lawyer is all that kept him from confessing live on Finebaum's show last year. He says he's concerned he's not going to get a fair trial. Perhaps, but confessing ahead of time when you're entering not guilty pleas can't help the cause.

Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork: "I think the SEC Network will be every bit as big as the Big Ten Network"

Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork: "I think the SEC Network will be every bit as big as the Big Ten Network"

From CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy Actually Ross, I think the SEC Network will be bigger. The new SEC will have a lot more people in its footprint, and you won't find a conference with a more rabid collective fan base than the SEC. Can you imagine how many people will be tuning into football replays over the off season? It'll be huge. And furthermore, I... Oh, wait. That's an AD saying an SEC Network "will" be coming. I don't see an "if" or a "possibly" or a "potentially" in that sentence. This doesn't constitute an official announcement, but it sounds like Bjork just confirmed that a TV network is on the way.

"I don't think [the Big 12] needs to expand," Dodds told CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd. "It certainly...

"I don't think [the Big 12] needs to expand," Dodds told CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd. "It certainly can expand because there will be people that will want to be a part of it. That's another good thing." ... "We could expand to some number," Dodds said. "You name the number -- 12, 14, 16. We could expand but the question is 'do we need to expand?' In my mind 10 is perfect because you play everybody in football and there is a double-round-robin in basketball. "When we get into whatever system we get in for a championship, I think those coaches that play in a conference championship are going to say 'What in the world are we doing?' "

DeLoss Dodds talks to CBSSports.com No tea leaves to read here; Texas is plainly not in favor of expanding the Big 12. As long as that's the case, then there is a chance the Big 12 stays at 10 teams. Nothing is a done deal yet.

#Big12's Chuck Neinas told @1049TheHorn a colleague in the #SEC told him, "Don't expand beyond 12...

#Big12's Chuck Neinas told @1049TheHorn a colleague in the #SEC told him, "Don't expand beyond 12 because 14 becomes unruly."

From Chip Brown This quote could mean something or it could mean nothing depending on just who this "colleague" is. Don't bet on ever finding out this colleague's identity, though. As much as anything, Neinas is probably just trying to keep the conference's expansion cards close to the vest. For one thing, he likely won't be making any real decisions because incoming, non-interim commissioner Bob Bowlsby should be taking the lead on the issue. For another, things can get out of hand quickly. The real lesson the conference has apparently learned from the SEC is to go slowly and do everything you can to make it look like your expansion targets approached you, not the other way around.

Bill Hancock on BCS scenarios: "I can officially say that the status quo is off the table."

Bill Hancock on BCS scenarios: "I can officially say that the status quo is off the table."

From SI's Stewart Mandel There you have it folks. One more from the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein: "I can sum up these BCS meetings in two words: boundless optimism. All the impediments to a playoff are getting squashed." As for what will replace the status quo, the commissioners will hammer out two or three final proposals tomorrow and university presidents collectively will pick the one they like the best.

Breaking: AP source: Arkansas hiring former assistant John L. Smith as interim coach to replace...

Breaking: AP source: Arkansas hiring former assistant John L. Smith as interim coach to replace Bobby Petrino next season.

From the AP Arkansas did go with an interim after all, just not one on the staff. I for one can't wait to see ol' Slappy in the SEC this fall. UPDATE Pat Forde at Yahoo! has sources agreeing that it's Smith.

I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end...

I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end of that relationship and in the aftermath of the accident. I accept full responsibility for what has happened. ... I have hurt my wife Becky and our four children. I’ve let down the University of Arkansas, my team, coaching staff and everyone associated with the Razorback football program. As a result of my personal mistakes, we will not get to finish our goal of building a championship program. I wish that I had been given the opportunity to meet with the players and staff prior to this evening’s press conference and hope that I will be given the opportunity to give my apologies and say my goodbyes in person. We have left the program in better shape than we found it and I want the Razorback Nation to know that it is my hope that the program achieves the success it deserves.

An excerpt from Bobby Petrino's statement about his firing It's really artful, in a breathtakingly arrogant sort of way. I don't believe a word of it, but it's at least worth giving a look.

What was the funniest thing a college coach said to you? "This wasn’t meant to be as insulting as...

What was the funniest thing a college coach said to you? "This wasn’t meant to be as insulting as it sounds. When coach Gene Chizik was comparing Auburn and Alabama, he put up a slide that showed they had more wins, more this and that … then he started talking about Florida and how Will Muschamp follows in his shoes. I started busting out laughing. He said ‘When I was at Auburn the first time [as an assistant] and after I left, Muschamp came here. Then I was at Texas and after I left, Muschamp came there.’ He went on and on. He said ‘Muschamp just follows in my footsteps’ and it was hilarious the way he said it." Interesting interview UGA signee Jordan Jenkins did an interesting interview with the AJ-C about the recruiting process. There are some great stories in there, but this one was the funniest to me. Why shouldn't Chizik play up the fact that Muschamp has largely followed his career path? It's not like it's not true. (via Jerry)

Just confirmed: Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was in a motorcycle accident last night at...

Just confirmed: Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was in a motorcycle accident last night at approximately 6:45 in Madison County.

Well, that's not good The news has just hit that Bobby Petrino was in a motorcycle accident last night. Robbie Neiswanger, who broke this news, says Petrino was hospitalized overnight and the extent of his injuries is of yet unknown. Hopefully it's nothing serious. UPDATE The Arkansas State Police has released one more detail: Petrino's accident didn't involve any other vehicles. That's good to hear, but again, we really don't know anything else. UPDATE 2 We've got a full story up here.
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