Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star: Some longtime Arizona fans are having to spend big bucks to renew their season tickets. Not everybody is happy about it.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington coach Tyrone Willingham says he turned down a chance to play a 13th game at Hawaii because "my thought was that we will have a 13th game."

Aaron Fentress, Oregonian: Brady Leaf and Dennis Dixon are in a heated battle for the starting quarterback job at Oregon.

Roman Modrowski, Chicago Sun-Times: Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski is turning pro. He will make his professional boxing debut June 10 in card carried by HBO pay-per-view.

Chad Hartley, Reno Gazette-Journal: The Western Athletic Conference could be adding a third bowl to its lineup if a proposed game in Albuquerque comes to fruition.

Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times: Virginia coach Al Groh has dismissed standout linebacker Ahmad Brooks and two other players from the team.

Mike Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Tech begins spring drills with a plethora of issues to address (registration).

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Florida coach Urban Meyer is coming down hard on his players, saying the "me-first attitude" must go (registration).

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville anticipates coaches will be able to challenge a call through instant replay when a new rule is finalized.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: Former South Carolina linebacker Dustin Lindsey finally turned himself into police after his alleged involvement in a brawl and said he wants to rejoin the team.

Steve Batterson, Quad City Times: Spring drills at Illinois began without a quarterback on the field who has attempted a pass for the team.

John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press: A series of setbacks has Minnesota down to only two healthy running backs this spring (registration).

Iowa City Press-Citizen: For the second year in a row, Iowa will not have a spring game because of the continuing renovation of Kinnick Stadium.

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