Thursday, March 30, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Joseph Person, Columbia State: The owner of a bar has dropped criminal charges against a South Carolina player and a former player, saying he did not want to ruin their futures.

Michael Smith, Louisville Courier-Journal: Louisville coach Bobby Petrino told jurors that he never promised former player Ryan Holifield a scholarship. Holifield is seeking $123,000 in damages, the estimated worth of a four-year scholarship.

Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star: Athletic departments at taxpayer-funded universities nationwide receive more than $1 billion in student fees and general school funds, according to an analysis by the newspaper.

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Terry Richardson, Arizona State's only experienced receiver, will miss the rest of spring drills because of a violation of team rules.

Ryan Callahan, Tennessean: Offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe is putting his stamp on Tennessee's offense in a big way.

Mark Janssen, Manhattan Mercury: Former Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has found that life after football can be hectic (registration).

Curtis Johnson, Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Marshall running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who entered a plea of guilty to misdemeanor petit larceny, will be sentenced on May 15.

Paul Honda, Honolulu Star Bulletin: Three Hawaii prep players who will be seniors in the fall are drawing considerable interest from recruiters.

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