Thursday, March 23, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Marlon W. Morgan, Commercial Appeal: Mississippi Madman Ed Orgeron appears to have settled on Brent Schaeffer as his starter, even though the former Tennessee quarterback is still in California (registration).

Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Vince Young arrived at Texas' pro day in a new Mercedes, then tried to impress the NFL scouts (registration).

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Rudy Burgess is getting work as a cornerback and could become a two-way player for Arizona State.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: With Tupac's "California Love" blaring from speakers, the Chuck Long Era began at San Diego State.

Todd Henrichs, Lincoln Journal Star: Success has a price at Nebraska, which has decided to hike ticket prices by nearly 7%.

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Crewcut Charlie Weis continues to raise expectations not only for himself, but for his Notre Dame players.

Steve Warden, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Spring might have been in the air, but snow was on the ground outside the Mellencamp Center as Indiana opened drills.

Jerry Hill, Waco Tribune-Herald: The spread offense isn't fooling anybody on the defensive side of the ball for Baylor.

Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Michael Brown, a former lineman at Florida, says he plans to transfer to Georgia (registration).

Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Former USC players Rocky Hinds and Eric Wright are receiving all the attention at Nevada Las Vegas.

Darnell Dickson, Provo Daily Herald: Brigham Young will have plenty of offense, but it's the defense that is a concern.

Tony Phifer, Coloradoan: The goals haven't changed for Colorado State. The Rams must find a way to stop the run.

Dave Hackenberg, Toledo Blade: The Bruce Gradkowski Era is over at Toledo. Now the Rockets must find a replacement for their departed quarterback.

Jeff Arnold, Ann Arbor News: An inability to close out games doomed Eastern Michigan in 2005, and the Eagles are intent on turning that around this fall.

Graham Couch, Kalamazoo Gazette: Several Western Michigan players will be learning new positions this spring.

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