Thursday, January 05, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Manny Navarro and Andre C. Fernandez, Miami Herald: Two studly preps say the coaching shakeup at Miami won't keep them from honoring their verbal commitments.

Patrick Obley, Columbia State: With strong offensive and defensive lines and budding star James Davis returning, a 10-win season is within reach for Clemson in 2006.

Associated Press: Maybe there is hope for a playoff. SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who is taking over the controls of the BCS, says he wants to examine the possibility of expanding the postseason.

Kyle Nagel, Dayton Daily News: Of the 117 teams in Division I-A (excluding Air Force and Navy) in 2004, 39 lost money fielding football teams. Six more simply broke even.

Steve Politi and Mike Garafolo, Newark Star-Ledger: Word that USC was going for its third national title in a row was news to LSU, which won the 2003 BCS title.

Nolan Hayes, Durham Herald-Sun: Fresno State is looking for an offensive coordinator after Frank Cignetti left to take the same post at North Carolina.

Rob Moseley, Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon receivers coach Dan Ferrigno is leaving to take the same post at Pac-10 rival California.

Dave Curtis, Florida Sun-Sentinel: They're still giggling in Florida over the victory in the Outback Bowl, but when you get down to it, the win doesn't cover up the Gators' flaws.

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