Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Christopher Walsh, Tuscaloosa News: Day 1 has arrived on the 2006 season for Alabama, which begins spring drills on Friday (registration).

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: The success of Nebraska's offensive line in 2006 could rest with the chronically sore right knee of Greg Austin.

Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Former Texas quarterback Vince Young won't be displaying his unique set of skills for scouts at this week's NFL combine (registration).

Jeff White, Richmond Times-Dispatch: The father of Virginia's Ahmad Brooks said reports that his son had been dismissed from the team are false. The Cavalier Daily says Brooks failed a drug test (tip of the hat to the great Ben Maller site).

Leroy Bridges, Purdue Exponent: Former Purdue linebacker Kyle Williams is in more trouble. The "Bonecrusher" is facing four charges after allegedly attacking a woman on Feb. 12.

Mike Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Bill Curry's days as an ESPN commentator could be numbered. He's a finalist to become Georgia Tech's athletics director (registration).

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema raided Rice's staff for a defensive line coach (registration).

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State reserve running back Lamar Lewis. lost in the shuffle, will transfer.

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech has added Brian Mitchell, who coached cornerbacks at Brigham Young the past 12 seasons, to its staff.

Arizona Republic: Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter completed a makeover of his staff by hiring a former UCLA standout as defensive line coach.

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