Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Mary Jane Smetanka and Conrad Defiebre, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota officials are proposing to swap 2,840 acres of university-owned land for a bigger state contribution for a new stadium (registration).

Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin has a reputation for churning out tailbacks, so who might be next in line?

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona coach Mike Stoops sees a comparison between his third season and that of basketball coach Lute Olson.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor continued his strong play during a 30-play scrimmage.

Mike Baldwin, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State is going all-out for its spring game, inviting more than 250 former Cowboy players in an event called the "Legends of the Gridiron Weekend." (registration).

Nolan Clay, Oklahoman: Former Oklahoma standout Adrian Cooper, who played six seasons in the NFL, has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and money laundering (registration).

Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman: Texas appears to be cashing in on its title. The Longhorns already have 17 commitments for the class of 2007 (registration).

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Meet Texas Tech defensive end Jake Ratliff, the king of the tattoo.

Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: It's all about improving the defense this spring for Colorado State, still torched by its 51-30 bowl loss to Navy.

Tom Witosky, Des Moines Register: Former Iowa State defensive end Jason Berryman has been ordered by a judge to stay out of bars for the next eight months.

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