Thursday, June 22, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Audrey M. Marks, Stillwater News-Press: Vandals have tagged homes in an area being purchased by Oklahoma State that will be the site of an athletic village.

Jeffrey Martin, Wichita Eagle: The father of sophomore receiver Ro Grigsby says his son is being forced out of Kansas State by new coach Ron Prince.

John Helsley, Oklahoman: Oklahoma has finalized its 2007 schedule, which includes a nonconference game against Miami in Norman (registration).

Erin Jordan, Des Moines Register: Iowa State was given the go-ahead to raise $135 million to improve athletic facilities, including Jack Trice Stadium.

Kevin Van Valkenburg, Bill Ordine and Lem Satterfield, Baltimore Sun: Maryland has withdrawn a scholarship offer to one of its top recruits, in part because of drug charges (registration).

Dan Collins, Winston-Salem Journal: A Wake Forest recruit has been indicted on four felony counts related to an alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Alabama linebacker Juwan Simpson agreed to enter a pre-trial drug program that would dismiss his misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

Mark Alesia and Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: As expected, the Big Ten announced the creation of a 24-hour television channel, set to debut in August 2007.

Richard Sandomir, New York Times: A look at the Big Ten network from a business standpoint shows why the deal makes dollars and sense (registration).

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: That didn't take long. Southeastern Conference officials are exploring the possibility of an SEC Channel once the league's television contracts expire in 2009.

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