Morning Playbook – NCAA backing off their UNC response?

The NCAA could prepare to level some sanctions against the University of North Carolina. NCAA president Mark Emmert told the NCAA has not determined if additional sanctions will be handed to the university in light of recent information related to an academic scandal and the NCAA seeming to look the other way.

"We'll continue to monitor the situation and see what the facts are as they unfold from the investigations that [UNC] is involved with," Emmert said. "… And [then we'll see] if there's anything further that we need to do at that time."

The first public comments from Emmert since the NCAA said UNC would not be punished came as News Observer unveiled more information regarding alleged academic fraud.

Stay tuned.

The headlines coming out of UCLA should all be positive with the Bruins off to a fine start this season, but Jim Mora stories have been far from pleasant this season. Some would suggest he is setting a bad example.

Former Kansas State linebacker Sean Lowe is The Bachelor.

Dennis Dodd is here to restore sanity as the SEC starts to position itself for another BCS title. [CBS Sports]

Ohio State has submitted a video to the Big Ten to review a possible eye gouging incident with Michigan State's Jack Allen allegedly poking the eyes of Johnathan Hawkins. [MLive] After looking at the review for yourself, you might think this is an open-and-shut case. [Larry Brown Sports]

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is still unsure about the final Texas touchdown Saturday night. [AP, via]

Alabama will be without receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart for the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgeries. []

Rutgers is off to a great start this season, and now they look to be getting back running back Savon Huggins to lighten the load of Jawan Jamison. [The Star-Ledger]

Clemson's Sammy Watkins is back in practice and cleared to play after missing last week's game with an abdominal virus. [The Times and Democrat]

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck issued a public letter of thanks to Mountaineer fans after putting on a great show in West Virginia's Big 12 debut. [West Virginia Athletics]

Morgantown authorities also investigated seven separate street fires set after West Virginia's 70-63 victory against Baylor. So much for that public service announcement. [USA Today]

The Montana Grizzlies dropped out of the 1-AA/FCS Top 25 for the first time since 1998. [NCAA]

BYU is sticking by Riley Nelson as their starting quarterback according to the latest depth chart. [Jay Drew Twitter] BYU is also organizing a blackout for next week's game against Oregon State.

We are not too far away form the first release of the BCS standings. Do not look now but Oregon State would be number one in not one but two of the BCS computers. [LA Times]

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