Monday, May 22, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Jeff Shelman, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota got legislative approval for a 50,000-seat, on-campus stadium.

John Heuser, Ann Arbor News: A leading critic of the plan to renovate Michigan Stadium said the regents pulled what amounted to a "quarterback sneak."

Andy Boggott, Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin students are worried about a new ticket policy they say is targeted toward them.

Steve Kirk, Birmingham News: Alabama starting linebacker Juwan Simpson was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol without a license (thanks to reader Bert).

Geoff Calkins, Commerical Appeal: Alabama coach Mike Shula has had to switch churches after being hounded by autograph seekers (registration).

Chip Cosby, Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky had to pay $550,000 — its highest guarantee ever — to secure a game against Louisiana Monroe.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: A 6-foot-7, 330-pound junior college offensive lineman appears headed to South Carolina.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: University presidents, led by Georgia's Michael Adams, want to have it both ways.

Marlon W. Morgan, Commercial Appeal: Mississippi State and Mississippi are having a big impact with recruits for the class of 2007 (registration).

George Schroeder, Oklahoman: An interview with Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles, who has seen them come and seen them go (registration).

Eric Petersen, Ames Tribune: Iowa State has set a record for season tickets sales at 27,711 and officials remain hopeful of reaching 30,000.

Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: Matter continues his solid series with a look at freshmen who could make in impact for Big 12 teams this fall.

Jerry Hill, Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw is against adding a ninth Big 12 Conference game to teams' schedules.

Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star: A hearing has been set for Arizona offensive lineman Peter Graniello, who is facing an extreme DUI charge.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington is facing a tough sell when it comes to season tickets, even with the help of popular basketball coach Lorenzo Romar.

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