1. Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald does some scattershooting about the possibility of Nebraska and/or Missouri joining the Big Ten. I don't agree with all of it - Texas as an independent? Colorado and Utah to the Pac-10, but not BYU? - but it's interesting from a North perspective.
2. SMU basketball coach Matt Doherty has finally gotten over his tumultuous 2003 parting with North Carolina, his alma mater. A meeting with current coach Roy Williams helped break the ice. "I felt a little dirty for a little while; I'd see this former player, and think, 'Will he shake my hand? How does he really feel about me?'" Doherty told the Charlotte Observer. "But now, I don't feel like a black sheep anymore."
3. Turner Gill's faith has played a key role in his journey to becoming the head football coach at Kansas. So did some advice from Turner Gill Sr. when his son was becoming a star at Arlington Heights High School and Nebraska. "To get what you want you have to get out there and get it," Gill Sr. told the Kansas City Star. "That's what I taught him. You do that and you'll get your break, I don't care if you're black or white or whoever you are. I don't want nobody to give me nothing, and my son knows that: I worked hard for everything I got."
4. The attraction of Cowboys Stadium brought the national media to the North Carolina-Texas game. Gary Parish of CBS Sports says the Longhorns have a championship look after a 103-90 win. Hard to disagree, although Rick Barnes would say it's only a "December game."
-- Chuck Carlton