Thursday, July 27, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Edgar Thompson, Palm Beach Post: The Bowl Championship Series rankings will turn into a made-for-TV event this fall on Fox.

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: The NCAA's newest headache: Blogs, personal websites and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Want to try and make a quick dollar? Go out and buy a domain and start pulling for the team to lose.

Darryl Slater, Daily Press: Virginia's dean of admissions says Al Groh's staff must do a better job of recruiting students who can qualify. The comments came after a third of the Cavaliers' 2006 recruits failed to qualify.

Mike Shalin, Boston Herald: The ACC's decision to rework its bowl bid process is being called the "BC Rule."

B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News: Gary Barnett, the man who recruited Pat Fitzgerald to Northwestern, says the new Wildcat coach is ready despite being only 31 years old.

Aaron Fentress, Oregonian: Quite an interesting piece on Oregon recruit Marvin Johnson, who will be given a second chance after getting into trouble in January while visiting Eugene on a recruiting trip.

Brian Rosenthal, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska recruit Major Culbert, who was involved in the same incident with Johnson in Eugene, was cleared to join the Cornhuskers.

Mike Baldwin, Oklahoman: Is Boone Pickens, who "donated" $165 million to Oklahoma State's athletic department, getting itchy to replace coach Mike Gundy? (registration).

Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: He covers it all, from sizing up Duke to the downsizing of Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen.

Chip Cosby, Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky coach Rich Brooks, on the hotseat, sets the bar low, saying six wins and a bowl game is the goal.

Ericka Mellon, Dave Hooker and Drew Edwards, Knoxville News-Sentinel: An assistant principal has been suspended while officials investigate allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a Tennessee recruit.

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