Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Mike Huguenin, Orlando Sentinel: Why was Florida State athletic director Dave Hart opposed to a 12-game schedule? He said it's only a matter of time before the Seminoles have to cancel a game because of a hurricane.

Dean Spiros, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota reported a jump in sales of season tickets as fans begin to position themselves for seats in the new on-campus stadium, set to open in 2009.

Sara Eaton and Steve Warden, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Receiver James Hardy, arguably Indiana's best player, is facing charges of domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of a crime.

Cliff Brunt, Associated Press: Purdue's strong agricultural background won out when it came down to choosing Bermuda grass or FieldTurf for Ross-Ade Stadium.

Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: USC safety Will Harris tore knee ligaments during a pickup basketball game and will be out for the season.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Major Culbert, a defensive back recruit of Nebraska, was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree sexual abuse stemming from a January recruiting visit to Oregon.

Dave Hickman, Charleston Gazette: West Virginia's Adam Bednarik (yes, he is the second cousin of Concrete Charlie) had shoulder surgery that will sideline the quarterback for the season.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: A new date for the Iron Bowl should give Alabama an edge against Auburn.

Bart Hubbuch, Jacksonville Times-Union: Former UCLA running back Maurice Drew is included in a civil lawsuit stemming from an April incident that resulted in him being charged with felony assault. Drew is denying involvement (some registration).

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii coach June Jones says he is not worried that the contracts of his assistants expired on March 31 (thanks to Heisman Pundit).

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