Friday, December 23, 2005

Reporters' Notebooks

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: There is a long list of Arizona State players who are battling the flu and it is becoming a concern as the team prepares to play Rutgers.

Marlon W. Morgan and Jason Smith Commercial Appeal: The losses continue to pile up for Mississippi Madman Ed Orgeron. Assistant George DeLeone and running back Jamal Pittman are leaving the program. But he scored by landing the talented Greg Hardy and four JUCO players (registration).

Chadd Cripp, Idaho Statesman: The coaching transition at Boise State is creating an awkward recruiting environment.

Chad Hartley, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada cornerback and co-captain Kevin Stanley has been booted off the island. He was declared academically ineligible.

Jamey Eisenberg, Palm Beach Post: Joe Paterno knows a thing or two about bowl games, and the Penn State coach already has his team in Florida, preparing for the Orange Bowl.

Ira Schoffel, Miami Herald: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, sidelined five months ago by knee surgery, is practicing and wants to play in the Orange Bowl (registration).

Nate Allen, Northwest Arkansas Times: Alabama Birmingham offensive coordinator Pat Sullivan has interviewed for a vacancy on the Arkansas staff.

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Alabama cornerback Simeon Castille has been ruled academically ineligible for the Cotton Bowl.

Charles Durrenberger, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona assistant Josh Heupel, the 2000 Heisman Trophy runner-up as a quarterback at Oklahoma, is headed back to Norman.

Carl DuBois, Baton Rouge Advocate: The Peach Bowl carries a powerful incentive for victory, but will Louisiana State and Miami be motivated after late-season collapses?

Phil Stukenborg, Commercial Appeal: Memphis players, many of whom have never seen snow, are in a festive mood as they arrive in frigid Detroit (registration).

Rick Star, Tribune-Review: West Virginia is 0-3 in bowl games under Rich Rodriguez, who is tired of being asked about it.

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