Thursday, December 22, 2005

Reporters' Notebooks

Mike Sullivan, North County Times: New San Diego State coach Chuck Long has his No. 1 recruit: defensive coordinator Bob Elliott.

Mark Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Teams in the ACC and SEC who don't play in bowl games will earn almost as much money as teams that do (registration).

Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Score one for Georgia over West Virginia. The Bulldogs got the prime practice facility in Atlanta in preparation for the Sugar Bowl (registration).

Dan McCarney, San Antonio Express-News: Michigan fans might not be excited about a trip to the Alamo Bowl, but Nebraska fans are expected to arrive in San Antonio in droves.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: And speaking of Nebraska, yet another recruit has backed out of an oral commitment.

Will Vandervort, Columbia State: Clemson junior receiver Kelvin Grant says coach Tommy Bowden isn't being truthful about the reasons for his dismissal from the team.

Steve Kirk, Birmingham News: You have been warned, plan accordingly. Expect one, possibly two Alabama players to be declared academically ineligible for the Cotton Bowl.

Associated Press (via Chicago Tribune): Iowa is the toughest place to play in the Big Ten. Minnesota center Greg Eslinger said of fans at Kinnick Stadium, "Every once in a while they'll throw cigarette butts at you. ... Sometimes they're lit."

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