Saturday, April 01, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: Good news for USC quarterback John David Booty: His back surgery was a success. Bad news: Mark Sanchez, Booty's replacement, appears to be running away with the job.

Beth Velliquette and Bryan Strickland, Durham Herald-Sun: Four Duke players and one North Carolina player are scheduled to appear in court on Monday to face misdemeanor charges stemming from a fight in a Chapel Hill nightclub.

Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Freshmen quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead take center stage Saturday in Texas' spring game (registration).

Christopher Walsh, Tuscaloosa News: Alabama holds its spring game Saturday, and the Crimson Tide will be much like Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is undergoing a $50-million renovation (registration).

Ted Lewis, Times-Picayune: Louisiana State's spring scrimmage on Saturday is a low-key affair, taking a dip in importance because the basketball team playing in the Final Four.

Chris Low, Tennessean: Offensive lineman Ell Ash, who was booted off Tennessee's team last fall after he directed obscenities at coaches, has been welcomed back by coach Phillip Fulmer.

Pete Bosak, Centre Daily Times: The sexual assault case against former Penn State defensive tackle Scott Paxson appears to be on shaky ground.

Ken Murray, Baltimore Sun: Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen might assume the duties of offensive coordinator because he has been unable to find a capable replacement for Charlie Taaffe, who resigned in February (registration).

John Helsley, Oklahoman: Offensive lineman George Robinson, who said he would dream of cheeseburgers, weighed 371 when he arrived at Oklahoma. Now he is down to a svelte 328 (registration).

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