Friday, June 23, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier cited eight to 10 "so-called players" who have failed to make conditioning runs and weightlifting sessions part of their regular summer routine.

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: Florida coach Urban Meyer said he followed the wishes of suspended cornerback Avery Atkins' family when he recommended to deny the sophomore's request for a release from his scholarship.

Heidi Rowley and Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen: Three Arizona players helped foil the attempted theft of about 20 football jerseys from a campus-area athletic store.

Des Moines Register: Iowa State fans rejoice! The Cyclones have scheduled a 2008 nonconference game at Nevada Las Vegas.

Ken Gordon, Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State officials were unaware of Eric Lichter's 1998 conviction on a misdemeanor drug-possession charge, but they are standing behind hiring Lichter as director of football performance.

Greg Couch, Chicago Sun-Times: Take a close look. Notre Dame has become everything it once despised.

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