Thursday, February 23, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Enthusiastic Idaho fans flocked to a luncheon for new coach Dennis Erickson and gave him a minute-long standing ovation.

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Alabama cornerback Ramzee Robinson played the 2005 season with a fractured vertebrae and sustained a second fracture late in the season, but still played in the Cotton Bowl.

Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia offensive lineman Ian Smith, already suspended for the first two games of 2006, was arrested again (registration).

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ESPN analyst Bill Curry was runner-up in his bid to become athletic director at Georgia Tech (registration).

Bradley Olson, Baltimore Sun: Navy quarterback Lamar Owens was arrested and charged with rape, indecent assault and conduct unbecoming of an officer.

Shawn Courchesne, Hartford Courant: Connecticut running backs coach Terry Richardson was arrested and charged with two felonies.

Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post: Marquis Mosley, formerly of Northern Illinois, will become receivers coach at Miami.

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Iowa's decision to pay Montana $650,000 for a game in 2006 highlights the competitive nature of scheduling for Division I-A teams (registration).

Tim Doherty, Clarion Ledger: A loss by the NCAA in a lawsuit over athletic scholarships could create financial burdens for Mississippi, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.

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