Friday, June 09, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Brian Dohn, L.A. Daily News: UCLA and Kansas State are close to announcing a two-year home-and-home series that will begin in 2009.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington's star-crossed recruiting class of 2002 — none of whom has participated in a winning season — will hear nothing but cheers on Saturday.

Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami has lost another quarterback recruit. Daniel Stegall will pursue a career in baseball after being drafted by the New York Mets (registration).

Ted Lewis, Times-Picayune: Louisiana State coach Les Miles is preparing for a USO tour of Kuwait and Iraq.

Jacob Messer, Charleston Daily Mail: Tailback Jason Gwaltney, who left West Virginia last winter, is reportedly interested in returning but appears to have academic issues at Nassau Community College.

Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune: The architectural firm that designed Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles, was hired by Minnesota to draw up plans for the Golden Gophers' new stadium. Also, a look at other Big Ten stadiums.

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State and Toledo will play a two-game series beginning in 2009, with the first game at Cleveland Browns Stadium (subscription, so story is in comments).

Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner is rediscovering his family five months after having surgery to remove a brain tumor.

1 comment:

dawizofodds said...

Buckeyes add Toledo to schedule in 2009, 2011
Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, June 8, 2006

Ohio State and Toledo have agreed to a two-game series in football that will begin Sept. 19, 2009, in Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Buckeyes and Rockets will play again Sept. 10, 2011, in Columbus. The announcement was made today by OSU athletics director Eugene Smith.

“We are excited by the opportunity to have a presence in the Cleveland area.” Smith said. “We have a tremendous fan base there, and this should be a great experience for them and for our players, especially those players from Cleveland and the surrounding area.

“While I wasn't here in 2002 when Ohio State played in Cincinnati, I am told that game was a huge success. I expect the same type of excitement when we go to Cleveland.”

Smith said that the games with Toledo are in line with Ohio State's philosophy of trying to schedule in-state schools whenever possible for nonconference games.

“We think it makes sense to schedule Ohio schools whenever we can,” he said. “Usually those games will be played in Ohio Stadium, but every so often a unique opportunity like this presents itself. I view this as a win-win situation for everyone.”

Ohio State and Toledo have met once, in 1998, when the Buckeyes won 49-0 in Columbus.