Morning Playbook – Auburn shooting suspect cornered, Big East sues TCU, Sandusky trial commences

The high school highlight film of former Auburn player Ladarious Phillips.

We continue to follow the developments in the Auburn shooting case. Last night police surrounded a house believed to contain the suspected shooter Desmonte Leonard in East Montgomery. Dozens of law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies were involved in a standoff that started around 6:30 p.m. and would extend for hours until the officers were called off around 2:30 a.m.

Can you wait for this year’s Alabama-LSU game in November? I know I cannot, and I’m sure most of you reading this feel the same way. Yesterday AJ McCarron and Tyran Mathieu got us all a little extra juiced for the anticipated match-up with a tease of trash talk on Twitter. More, please.

The Big East has filed a lawsuit against TCU, seeking $5 million for reneging on a contract agreement. The Big East claims TCU agreed to pay $5 million if they failed to join the conference. Of course, TCU accepted the Big East invite only later to accept an offer to join the Big 12. The Business of College Sports has a nice breakdown of the lawsuit.

The Big East has also hired a search firm to aide in the search for a new commissioner. Russell Reynolds Associates has the task of finding someone to help lead the beleaguered, yet expanding conference following the forced resignation of John Marinatto. Why hire a search firm when they could just hire our friend from Big East Coast BiasMark Ennis?

It is certainly not a topic that is pleasant, but the Jerry Sandusky trial officially got underway on Monday morning with opening statements and the first alleged victim testimony. Here on the Morning Playbook we won’t be providing daily Sandusky trial updates, but feel free to visit Nittany Lions Den for the daily Cup of Joe link dump for recommended reading.

Last week was Heisman Trophy Week here at Crystal Ball Run. What do we have in store this week? This week we are celebrating (?) coaches on the hot seat (and not couches in hot flames). We have plenty of good stuff coming your way once again this week so stay tuned. Be sure to be following us on Facebook and Twitter, and add us to your RSS reader(s) of choice.

Dennis Dodd says that a playoff system will give the Boise States of the college football world less access than before. I was under the impression we already knew this much.

Do you know all of Notre Dame’s rivalry trophy games? Subway Domer runs down each of them for you and asks why the Fighting Irish never have the trophies on the field.

Spencer Hall of EDSBS.com and SBNation.com spoke to the one and only Barry Switzer. BOOMER SOONER!

Vote for the Verbies. Do it now!

Les Miles gives a surprise commencement speech at his high school alma mater.

More college football odds were released on Monday. So, what did we learn? Bettors love Urban Meyer and The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Some interesting comments on recruiting rankings by Tom Lemming.

Is the rest of college football catching up to the SEC? Aaron Torres explores this question on his site.

East Carolina Athletic Director Terry Holland talks about joining Conference USA.

Stanford defensive back Quinn Evans has transferred to Northwestern. He will be eligible to play this season after graduating from Stanford and pursuing a master’s degree in Evanston.

Montana will pay former head coach Robin Pflugrad $78,000 following his dismissal back in March as various investigations were ongoing over the handling of rape cases linked to the football program.

A time lapse of Washington’s Husky Stadium undergoing renovations.

Do you know what The Hawaii Rule is when it comes to scheduling? If not, be sure to check out this post from FBSchedules.com.

For you gamers out there, your latest official update from the NCAA Football 13 staff.

Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to NBCSports.com's College Football Talk, Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Host of the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and iHeart Radio. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.

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