Sunday, April 02, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

David White, Fresno Bee: The Western Athletic Conference has barred teams from putting student sections behind a visiting team's bench, a blow to Fresno State.

B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News: Gary Barnett, who received a $3 million settlement when he was fired by Colorado, sounds like a man who isn't finished coaching.

Pete Bosak, Centre Daily Times: Former Penn State defensive tackle Scott Paxson, accused of sexual assault, said he has essentially given up on getting his degree in criminal justice.

Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman: The candidates to replace Vince Young as Texas quarterback did little to distinguish themselves in the final scrimmage of spring (registration).

Andrew Gilman, Oklahoman: It's difficult to gauge how good Oklahoma State's defense might be because the play of the offense has been horrific. With a video report (registration).

John Helsley, Oklahoman: Oklahoma's offense is struggling with running back Adrian Peterson's contributions severely restricted. With a video report (registration).

Jerry Hill, Waco Tribune: Baylor finally appears to be getting the hang of it after struggling early to grasp its new spread offense.

Will Vandervort, Columbia State: If Saturday's scrimmage is any indication, Clemson appears to have a powerhouse offense in the making.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina defensive end Shea McKeen has been suspended for three games for his arrest in a March 24 bar fight.

Ted Lewis, Times-Picayune: Injured JaMarcus Russell will have plenty of competition for the Louisiana State quarterback job when he returns to practice in the fall.

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson was shaky during the final scrimmage of spring.

Chris Low, Tennessean: Tennessee is a week away from its spring game, but the defense continues to have its way during scrimmages.

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Running back Chris Henry made quite an impression during Arizona's first scrimmage.

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