Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: The NCAA recommended legislation that would limit text messaging between coaches and recruits.

Lonnie White, L.A. Times: Assault charges against former UCLA running back Maurice Drew were dropped because of "insufficient evidence to proceed."

Dave Hickman, Charleston Gazette: The failed lawsuit that West Virginia, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Rutgers brought against Miami, Boston College and the ACC ended up costing $2.3 million.

Mike Griffith, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee officials say the $107 million renovation of Neyland Stadium is "right on schedule."

Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: Iowa State's Dan McCarney, the dean of Big 12 coaches, agreed to a new contract that will pay him over $1 million a year.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska is losing longtime strength coach Boyd Epley. Also, the Cornhuskers have agreed to a home-and-home series with UCLA.

Andrew Gilman, Oklahoman: A creampuff schedule could be what Oklahoma State needs to play in a better-than-decent bowl game (registration).

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: After a few tweaks this offseason, the Big 12 arguably has the best bowl lineup of any conference.

Tim May, Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is spending considerable time in a classroom, but it's not your normal classroom.

Jay Hinton, Deseret Morning News: Parade All-American quarterback Riley Nelson will suit up for Utah State this fall instead of serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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