Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 6/11/12

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 Bias, Mark 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.

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