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And you thought Bobby Knight was difficult to deal with. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has decided to reduce its coverage of Texas Tech to only game stories because of Coach Mike Leach's decision to restrict media access. Leach announced Friday that only quarterback Cody Hodges and defensive back Khalid Naziruddin will be made available to speak with the media this season. Gil Lebreton of the Star-Telegram writes: "If Leach thinks that Hodges and Naziruddin should be the sole chroniclers of the Texas Tech season, he's guilty of trying to orchestrate what goes into our newspaper. So we'll make it easy for the head coach. We'll see him only on Saturdays." The paper then said if readers were upset with the policy, they could register complaints with Texas Tech officials. In addition to listing Leach's phone number, the paper listed those of the chancellor, president, chairman of the board of regents and athletic director. Now for those of us in the investment business, information is key. Other coaches have restricted media access in the past, notably Hayden Fry and Bill Snyder, the argument being that something like "the other team might find out about an injury to one of our key players." There's a problem with this and there is a reason why the NFL mandates that teams release injury information. It legitimizes the sport and makes for a level playing field among the betting public by helping to prevent the fixing of games. Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden said freshman Drew Weatherford will start at quarterback for the Seminoles (plus 3) on Monday against Miami (Fla). Sophomore Kyle Wright will start for the Hurricanes. Given the poor quarterbacking these teams had last season (Chris Rix and Brock Berlin), any change can be an improvement.
One man's pain is another man's pleasure. In what is viewed here as a classless move, bowl championship series coordinator Kevin Weiberg talked Wednesday with Super Bowl president Mark Romig about whether the Superdome, damaged Monday in Hurricane Katrina, can be repaired in time for the Jan. 2 game, the Dallas Morning News reports. Weiberg isn't the only guilty party. Alamo Bowl president Derrick Fox says he's ready to invite the Sugar Bowl to San Antonio if need be. Gentlemen, the scope of this disaster is developing and we have yet to tee it up for the start of the season. Show some respect.Former USC cornerback Eric Wright has enrolled at UNLV, joining former teammate Rocky Hinds, a quarterback who transfered in June. Although Trojan Coach Pete Carroll signed release papers for both players, he told the L.A. Times they prohibited the players from transfering to another Pacific 10 school or UNLV. The players appealed to a USC panel and won approval. Wright intercepted a pass in last year's Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma.
The Green Wave of Tulane will make Dallas their home for the next three weeks. The Dallas Morning News reports that the team arrived at the Doubletree Hotel on Wednesday at 3:30 a.m. after a six-hour bus ride from Jackson, Miss. Tulane is not scheduled to play until Sept. 17 in the Superdome against Mississippi State, but it remains uncertain if that game will be played or rescheduled.
Illinois (minus 1.5) will be without receiver Derrick McPhearson (broken leg) and strong safety Justin Harrison (hip) Saturday against Rutgers. Right offensive tackle Jim LaBonte (back) could play.
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