Thursday, July 13, 2006

Columnists' Corner

Jim Niyo, Detroit News: With conferences making final preparations for kickoff luncheons, it's time to answer six questions for the '06 season.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Many high school coaches are getting turned off by pressure tactics college coaches use in an attempt to secure early commitments.

Dave Hickman, Charleston Gazette: It's always the same cast of characters at the top of the preseason polls, a fact of life blue-collar teams such as West Virginia simply have to deal with.

Ron Bellamy, Eugene Register-Guard: Jim Bartko, a key fundraiser who handled major accounts from the likes of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, is leaving Oregon after 17 years to take a job with Pac-10 rival California.

Mike Lucas, Capital Times: Wisconsin's Bret Bielema and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald have a lot in common.

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