Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Jerry Hill, Waco Tribune-Herald: From the Dept. of We Kid You Not: Baylor, the largest Baptist university in the world, and Texas Christian, affiliated with but not governed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), have agreed to open their season on a Sunday.

Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado is considering replacing its natural-grass playing surface in Folsom Field with an artificial turf, but any change likely wouldn't come for at least a year (registration).

Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: Missouri running back Tony Temple and his girlfriend, former Tiger softball player Kendra Power, were arrested on charges of third-degree assault.

John Maher, Austin American-Statesman: The maker of Texas' new scoreboard cited concerns about sensitivity to USC for declining to give a sneak peak of the scoreboard's design to the nation's athletic directors (registration).

Tim Bisel, Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton will sit out the opener against powerhouse Illinois State as punishment for his battery conviction.

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech starting offensive tackle Gabe Hall's blood-alcohol level registered .186 and .179 when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The legal limit in Texas is .08.

Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona offensive lineman Peter Graniello, who was arrested last fall on DUI charges after registering blood-alcohol tests of .152 and .142, has reached a plea agreement.

Aaron Fentress, Oregonian: Oregon recruit Marvin Johnson will join the team this fall after reaching a plea deal. He was charged with first-degree sex abuse and first-degree burglary.

Jim Moore, Seattle Post Intelligencer: Washington State is rallying around coach Bill Doba, who recently lost his wife of 43 years to cancer.

Ray Melick, Birmingham News: Kent Waldrep, the former Texas Christian running back who was paralyzed from a broken neck suffered in a game against Alabama in 1974, says the NCAA is still failing disabled athletes.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: If Dennis Franchione ends up getting fired by Texas A&M, would Auburn's Tommy Tuberville be in line to take over the Aggie program?

Adam Clemons, Huntsville Times: Alabama booster Ray Keller, who is suing the NCAA for damages related to the investigation of the Crimson Tide program six years ago, was unable to reach an out-of-court settlement. The trial is schedule to begin Sept. 11.

Marlon W. Morgan, Commercial Appeal: Good news for Mississippi Madman Ed Orgeron. Quarterback Brent Schaeffer has graduated from a California junior college and is headed to Oxford (registration).

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Vanderbilt junior defensive end David Carter has had enough. He plans to transfer.

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