Saturday, December 31, 2005

Reporters' Notebooks

Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: Expect the Houston Bowl to have a crowd of only 35,000, but it has nothing to do with the turnout of fans from Texas Christian or Iowa State.

Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Michigan's Lloyd Carr is still angry that an untested replay crew was essentially broken in at the Alamo Bowl. "It was ludicrous," he growled. Does he plan to file a complaint? "It's too late," he snarled.

Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: The bizarre ending to the Alamo Bowl will assume a place in college football lore.

Ted Lewis, Times-Picayune: A youth group staying at the Hyatt in Atlanta is cause for some sleepless nights for West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: New Boise State coach Chris Petersen has a rebuilding project on his hands, but it involves his staff, not his team, which returns 20 of 24 starters.

Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Boston College will be rebuilding, but coach Tom O'Brien believes he will have capable replacements to make a run at the ACC Atlantic Division title.

Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger: It was a breakthrough season for Rutgers, but can the Scarlet Knights keep it going in 2006?

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: ESPN is interested in switching USC's Sept. 9 game at Arkansas to Sept. 2, and it appears all parties are in favor of the date change.

Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Alex Mortensen, the Arkansas quarterback and son of ESPN's Chris Mortensen, appears to be headed to Georgia Southern (registration).

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