Sunday, July 02, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Mike Stoops, the coach at Arizona, said his older brother Bob, the coach at Oklahoma, would fake an injury when the two were at Iowa so Mike could see playing time late in games.

Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic: Arizona State has long been a pipeline for Polynesian players, and the Sun Devils enter this season with 14 players with connections to the group of islands in the central and South Pacific.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Want a chunk of Astroturf from Texas Tech's Jones Stadium? Officials will be selling rolls of it — pulled up to make way for FieldTurf — beginning next week.

David Flores, San Antonio Express-News: Without Vince Young, Texas won't have an edge as it tries to defend its national title.

Bill Mayer, Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas coach Mark Mangino could be cashing in if the Jayhawks have a big season.

Iliana Limon, Albuquerque Tribune: New Mexico officials are discovering that the Mountain West Conference's deal with CSTV could already be paying dividends.

South Bend Tribune: Demand for tickets to some Notre Dame games have reached an all-time high.

Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register: Underrated Iowa tailback Albert Young is finding plenty of motivation when he visits a newsstand.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Coaches should wake up and smell the lesson of the profession after the death of Randy Walker.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: The bizarre death of Alabama booster Logan Young has been the biggest story in the first six months of 2006.

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