Friday, March 24, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Andy Hamilton, Iowa City Press-Citizen: At least five Iowa players are at the center of an investigation into allegations they received preferential treatment from a former employee of a cellular phone service who obtained free tickets to the Outback Bowl. Text of decision.

Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: Jury selection began for a trial that could change the way recruiting promises are viewed.

Kelly Simmons, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia is the latest school to crack down on partying, telling tailgaters that they won't be allowed on campus before 7 a.m. on game days (registration).

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The author of a book that chronicles Alabama football fanaticism is facing a lawsuit over unlawful use of a photo.

Doug Segrest, Birmingham News: Alabama picked it up on offense during the second scrimmage of the spring.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford was effective but not spectacular during a half-scrimmage.

Paul Buker, Oregonian: Oregon State still has a hangover from its disastrous 2005 finish, when it lost four of its final five games.

Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip will honor national champion Texas by painting his car burnt orange for an April 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kent Baker, Baltimore Sun: Things are looking up at Navy, where 18 starters and 38 letter-winners return.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: After tipping the scale at 333 pounds following a smorgasbord of Cajun cooking, South Carolina's Stanley Doughty decided to diet.

Joe Macaluso, Baton Rouge Advocate: Renovations to Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium are ahead of schedule and officials say the work should be done by June 28.

Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Wyoming and Syracuse have agreed to a home-and-home series, with the first game to be played Sept. 30 at the Carrier Dome.

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