Sunday, May 14, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Air Force, which agreed to move its 2005 game against Washington from Colorado Springs to Seattle, is owed $300,000 by the promoter.

Dennis Dodd, Is your coach on the hot seat? Dodd takes a look at the relative job security of the 119 coaches in Division I-A (complete list).

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times: Former USC receiver and ABC sideline reporter Lynn Swann has a lot of ground to make up in his bid to become Pennsylvania's governor.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Two new books about Alabama football are in the works, but one that was recently released contains an interesting chapter on Bear Bryant.

Howard Richman, Kansas City Star: Kansas State coach Ron Prince will help teach a class this fall titled "Current Topics in Leadership." (registration)

Doug Lesmerises, Plain Dealer: Ohio State's Allan Johnson, one of the nation's top strength coaches, has resigned, effective Aug. 31 (thanks to the great Ben Maller for this and the Prince item).

Dean Spiros, Star Tribune: Minnesota, with a graduation rate of 38% for the last decade plus, is facing the loss of scholarships for failing to meet standards set by the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (registration).

Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal: The decision to increase the number of regular-season games to 12 might not be such a great idea.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: Some South Carolina fans are upset with the distribution policy for season-ticket holders. Also, the athletic department has run up a deficit of $5 million over two years.

Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh has added a top-rated prep quarterback to its list of non-binding commitments for the class of 2007.

Steve Scholfield, North County Times: Former USC running back Reggie Bush was given the keys to two new Hummer H2s, a gift from General Motors as part of its sponsorship of the NFL draft.

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