Monday, June 26, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

David Barron, Houston Chronicle: It looks like there is life for the Houston Bowl, which is hoping to get approval to continue the game on Tuesday.

Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther expects the NCAA to lobby the BCS to exclude teams that continue to violate the governing body's policy against the use of unproved Native American mascots.

Associated Press: Quarterback Alex Mortensen, the son of ESPN's Chris Mortensen, is leaving Arkansas and will enroll at I-AA Samford.

John Helsley, Oklahoman: Did Oklahoma try to dodge playing Oregon in the Holiday Bowl last season in an attempt to play Michigan in the Alamo Bowl? (registration).

Irv Moss and Chris Dempsey, Denver Post: Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry is 68, but he has no thoughts of leaving. His contract expires after the 2009 season. Plus, don't expect Air Force and Colorado to be renewing their series anytime soon.

David Fink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Texas officials reportedly have put lights that sat atop the Royal-Memorial Stadium scoreboard up for bid on eBay.

Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: It appears Pennsylvania will continue to play Ohio in the Big 33 prep all-star game for at least another year. Thanks to reader Kevin for this!

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