Making the morning rounds.
• Wait, how big is this ballpark? An anonymous source "close to the situation" told ESPN's Bruce Feldman Tuesday that the much-cited HBO "Real Sports" report that pegged USC coach Lane Kiffin's salary at $4 million a year were "exaggerated," though the source didn't say by how much or provide any specific numbers.
For its part, HBO slightly revised its original voiceover for the episode that aired Tuesday night: In review copies of the segment the network sent out to various media (including me) over the weekend, "Real Sports" reporter Andrea Kremer said Kiffin's salary was "$4 million," and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was set to make "around $2 million." The version that made it to air reported those figures at "just under $4 million" and "almost $2 million," respectively. As the Orange County Register's Michael Lev wrote Tuesday night, if Kremer's double-check holds up, the reported $6 million package for father and son "seems to be in the ballpark." [ESPN, Orange County Register]
• Black and Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee State defensive linemen Gary Tucker and Phillip Tinsley could be facing assault charges after allegedly causing a melee that led to a girl being punched in the face at a graduation party on Tuesday morning. Neither has been formally charged, but a Murfreesboro Police report said the players responded to an effort to kick them out of the party for attempting to steal a purse by punching holes in a wall, violently pulling one girl's hair and unloading on another, knocking her into a wall The alleged victims corroborated the account to the local paper: "One of them looked directly in my face and punched me like I was a man. My lip is swollen and purple." Both girls said they plan to press charges. [Murfreesboro Daily News Journal]
• The best revenge is running up the score. San Diego State finalized a deal Monday to play at Michigan in 2011, drawing a collective "meh" from Wolverine fans. But quarterback Tate Forcier, a San Diego native, said he's "pumped" to see his hometown school come to town, mainly because he felt the Aztecs ignored him as a recruit, thereby becoming the first player in Michigan history to feel dissed by a perennial Mountain West bottom feeder: "Honestly, San Diego State is a team right in my backyard and they didn’t show me any love or attention. Coach (Chuck) Long didn’t pay much attention to me, which was surprising because I showed some interest in them." Maybe Long was a realist who knew he didn't time to waste on a guy headed for a much bigger stage. Or maybe he was just busy trying to break into his office. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• A Star is transferring. Alabama quarterback Star Jackson, initially in competition with Greg McElroy to become the 2009 starter, plans to transfer in search of playing time after being passed on the depth chart by 2008 classmate A.J. McCarron and early-enrolling freshman Phillip Sims, who should compete to replace McElroy next spring. Jackson came to 'Bama as Rivals' No. 5 "pro style" passer in the '08 class and could be headed for Georgia State. [Mobile Press-Register]
Quickly ... Eleven Warriors suggests Ohio State offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Bollman should be off of Buckeye fans' hit lists. ... Listen to my appearance on the Husker Gameday podcast on Monday night. ... And it will always amuse me to read or hear the term "BCS conference" applied to sports where there is no BCS.
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