Happenings in the NCAA outside the stadiums and arenas...
* The Cam Newton situation at Auburn continues to dominate headlines. The Tigers QB and his father have been accused of soliciting payments during the recruiting process, after leaving the Florida program and spending a year in junior college. There have been claims and counter claims made in both directions, all of it being leaked in one way or another to the media.
Newton is a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, but after the Reggie Bush scandal, which saw him be stripped of the trophy after he and his school, USC, were found to have provided improper benefits, Heisman voters may turn a little skittish on Newton, his on-field achievements notwithstanding.
* Conference realignment continues. The Western Athletic Conference, which is losing Boise State, Fresno State, and Nevada to the Mountain West (which is losing Utah in 2011), announced that they will be adding Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, and Denver in 2012. The first two would participate in all sports including football, while Denver does not have a football program. In turn, Hawaii is now considering a move to the Mountain West for football.
There has also been an agreement that the Big East will expand its football roster, which currently stands at eight members (basketball has 16). Villanova will likely be moving up from the FCS, where they are the current national champions and ranked third in the national FCS poll. The conference would like to add a second team as a football-only member.
* Louisville has opened their new home, the KFC Yum! Center, in fine form, winning their two preseason exhibitions easily, then holding off mid-major power Butler 88-73 for their first regular-season win at the new facility.
* Auburn was not so lucky in opening their new Auburn Arena; they split a pair of exhibitions, then dropped their season opener to North Carolina-Asheville in overtime, 70-69. Oregon is also slated to open a new arena, the Matthew Knight Arena, early next year.
* Maybe some Big East schools should be wary of scheduling Ivy League opponents: Princeton upset their in-state rivals Rutgers 78-73 in overtime; and Yale knocked off Boston College 75-67.