Thursday, February 09, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Alabama linebacker Chris Keys had surgery to repair a broken ankle, believed to have been suffered in a fight with a teammate.

Gregg Hennigan, Iowa City Press-Citizen: The $86.8 million renovation of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium is on schedule thanks to some unseasonably warm weather.

Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle: What is a national title worth these days? For Texas' Mack Brown, it means a raise of $291,000.

Mike Lucas, Capital Times: John Palermo didn't know if he wanted to continue to coach, but the former Wisconsin assistant is heading to Miami to join Larry Coker's staff.

Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger: Rutgers' turnaround has earned it two prime spots on ESPN telecasts for the 2006 season.

Patrick Obley, Columbia State: What does $54 million get you? Plenty of blue-chip recruits, according to Clemson's Tommy Bowden, the father of Lauren Bowden.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State coach Chuck Long has hired a former USC center to fill out his staff.

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: Mike Mallory, son for former college head coach Bill Mallory, is joining the staff at Kansas.

Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A fourth of West Virginia's 12 games will be played on weeknights in 2006. The Nehlen Blog says the challenging schedule will give Louisville the upper hand in the Big East race.

Orson Swindle, EDSBS: The excellent blog has a real find: A football autographed by Mitch Mustain, the hotshot prep quarterback who will attend Arkansas, sold on eBay for $107.50.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Boise State coach Chris Petersen completed his staff with the hiring of former Baylor assistant Brent Pease to coach receivers.

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