Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Kevin Spain, Times-Picayune: NCAA president Myles Brand said that presidents of the 11 Division I-A conferences have shown no inclination toward a football playoff. Thanks to the great Ben Maller for digging this up.

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Derek Shaw, rated as the nation's No. 1 quarterback by PrepStar coming out of high school, is leaving Arizona State.

Paul Buker, Oregonian: Oregon State coach Mike Riley is counting on an influx of talent from the junior college level to jumpstart the 2006 season.

Beth Velliquette, Durham Herald-Sun: Four Duke players and one North Carolina player will have charges stemming from a fight in downtown Chapel Hill dismissed if they complete community service requirements and pay fines.

Patrick Obley, Columbia State: As expected, the Clemson-Temple game, scheduled for Oct. 14 at Temple, has been moved to Oct. 12 and will be played at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium.

Kent Babb, Columbia State: South Carolina standout Syvelle Newton, who played three offensive positions before a season-ending injury in 2005, now wants to give defense a try.

Brian Hawkins, Starkville Daily News: Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom has suspended six players who were arrested for assaulting an off-duty police officer.

Jon Malavolti, Lansing State Journal: Michigan State has received its second oral commitment for the class of 2007.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State has lost a second tight end to injury and could be shorthanded at the position this fall.

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