Saturday, January 14, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami's hiring of Todd Berry as quarterbacks coach is fueling speculation that the Hurricanes will switch to the spread offense (registration).

Chris Low, Tennessean: One day after an $800,000 lawsuit was filed against him, Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel made himself available for the NFL draft. And former starting quarterback Rick Clausen will become a graduate assistant for the Volunteers.

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC offensive lineman Fred Matua tossed his name into the NFL draft pool, following fellow juniors Reggie Bush and LenDale White. Winston Justice and Darnell Bing could be the next juniors to leave.

Andrew Bagnato, Arizona Republic: Arizona State hired Roy Wittke as offensive coordinator, and he will help decide whether Rudy Carpenter or Sam Keller starts at quarterback.

Tom Kubat, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Purdue quarterback Brandon Kirsch, who lost his starting job last season to freshman Curtis Painter, has made himself available for the NFL draft.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Several Nebraska players, including starting center Kurt Mann, are recovering from off-season surgeries.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema continues to build his staff, naming Dave Doeren as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach (registration).

Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal: Former Wisconsin quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton has landed a job at Iowa State, where he will coach tight ends.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: New San Diego State coach Chuck Long might have to restart his search for an offensive coordinator.

Jon Malavolti, Lansing State Journal: Michigan State's John L. Smith has found a replacement for defensive line coach Lucious Selmon, who left after only one season.

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