Thursday, February 02, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Charles Durrenberger, Arizona Daily Star: Louis Holmes, rated as the nation's top junior college prospect who signed a letter of intent with Arizona in December, has not been admitted to the university.

Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: USC was crowned with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, but will all the signees meet NCAA academic requirements?

Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: Here's one for you. Kansas State charged fans $5 to listen to coach Ron Prince talk about his first recruiting class. At least they got to dine on cocktail wieners and minimeatballs (registration).

Elizabeth Merrill, Kansas City Star: Auburn defensive coordinator David Gibbs and UCLA assistant head coach John Embree, who interviewed with Colorado to replace Gary Barnett, have been hired by the Kansas City Chiefs (registration).

Chris Low, Tennessean: Phillip Fulmer is playing defense, as in defending the lowest-rated recruiting class in his tenure as Tennessee coach.

John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press: You can smuggle anything across Minnesota's borders. Thirteen of the finest prep players are leaving the state (registration).

Marlon W. Morgan, Commercial Appeal: Our favorite SEC coach, Mississippi Madman Ed Orgeron, has just landed the highest-ranked class in team history (registration).

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Strange goings-on at Hawaii. Of the 26 expected recruits, 19 are defensive players, including 11 defensive backs, and up to seven recruits might grayshirt.

Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel: A look back at Florida's Mr. Footballs, which include the Minnesota Vikings' Daute Culpepper (1994) and Shevin Wiggins (1993), who drives a UPS truck in Bradenton.

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