Monday, March 27, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Selena Roberts, New York Times: Many observers outside the NFL are asking why the league continues to use the Wonderlic test (registration).

Jeff Darlington, Palm Beach Post: The Miami Dolphins appear to be interested in moving up in the NFL draft to get a shot at former Texas quarterback Vince Young.

Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said he was contacted by Miami for a position on the staff but was not interested.

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame coach Crewcut Charlie Weis appears to be yelling less this spring, but he still has a way to get his point across.

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona, with 16 returning starters, 11 redshirt freshmen and one junior college transfer among its roster of 75, begins spring drills on Monday.

Kyle Tucker, Virginian-Pilot: Snow and frigid temperatures forced Virginia Tech to practice indoors, but the competition for the quarterback job is starting to heat up.

Ira Schoffel, Jacksonville Times-Union: Florida State's defense, led by a rejuvenated front line, dominated play during a full scrimmage (registration).

Mark Janssen, Manhattan Mercury: Kansas State begins spring drills on Monday, but coach Ron Prince has already been putting his stamp on the team (registration).

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Freshman quarterback Matt Grothe is quickly moving up the depth chart at South Florida.

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Mike Nixon traded a four-year pro baseball career that took him as high as triple-A to walk on at Arizona State.

Ron Morris, Columbia State: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he is going to pay more attention to his defense after it collapsed against Missouri.

Shawn Courchesne, Hartford Courant: If Connecticut coach Randy Edsall has any complaints about his team this spring, he isn't sharing them.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State coach Chuck Long is making good on his promise kickstart the running game.

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