Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: Travis Claridge, a former USC and NFL offensive lineman, became the third player from the 1996 Trojan team to die in less than three months.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Boise State and Utah, two of the most prominent non-BCS teams, have agreed to a Sept. 30 game at Salt Lake City.

Chick Ludwig, Dayton Daily News: A look at some of the players who improved their stock at the NFL combine (registration).

Mike Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A former Georgia Tech academic adviser has filed a lawsuit alleging officials deliberately concealed violations that led to the school being put on NCAA probation (registration).

Jonathan D. Glater, New York Times: Stanford believes that shrinking the size of its stadium will boost ticket sales (registration).

Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: With West Virginia firmly in place as Pittsburgh's No. 1 rival, it's time the Panthers tell Penn State to take a hike in all sports.

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech is working to extend Mike Leach's contract with the team through 2010.

Associated Press: A jury found a man guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the wounding of former high school coach Gary Joe Kinne, who is now an assistant at Baylor (registration).

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