Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Aaron Fentress, Oregonian: Jurray Casey, a linebacker at Long Beach Poly who reportedly had given a verbal commitment to play at Oregon, has been charged with murder in L.A. County.

John Helsley, Oklahoman: The money keeps rolling in for Oklahoma State. An alum from Texas will donate $3 million to the athletic department (registration).

Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: USC offensive line coach Pat Ruel is being courted by the Atlanta Falcons to be their offensive line coach.

David Climer, Tennessean: Recruiting ratings are more miss than hit. Just look at some of the can't-miss players from past years.

Emily Badger, Orlando Sentinel: Lorenzo Booker was the first recruit to stare into the ESPN camera and announce his college choice. Now it's the thing to do.

Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia coach Mark Richt is set to receive a contract extension and raise, his second new deal in three years (registration).

Charles Durrenberger, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona convinced a Dallas defensive end that Tucson is better than Iowa City.

Thomas Murphy, Mobile Register: Jonathan Lowe, an SEC All-Freshman performer in 2004, has transferred from Mississippi State and enrolled at Alabama.

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech is taking a hit in its secondary. Greg Aycock is the latest defender to leave the team.

Gareth Clary, Mobile Register: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, a left tackle from Virginia, is at the Senior Bowl this week to remove all doubt about who the New York Jets will choose with pick No. 4 pick.

David White, Fresno Bee: Fresno State selected Steve Hagen, a former quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns, as its offensive coordinator.

Nate Allen, Northwest Arkansas Times: Arkansas and USC have moved the Sept. 9 opener at Fayetteville to Sept. 2 to accommodate ESPN.

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