Sunday, August 06, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Brian Rosenthal and Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska sophomore quarterback Harrison Beck, who drew the concern of coaches after he failed to show for practice, sent a text message to his mother that read, "I'm safe."

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: A Kansas player who was declared ineligible is trying to gain reinstatement through the courts, saying it is unfair for the NCAA to grant an extra year of eligibility to pregnant female athletes and not to male athletes who father children (thanks to Deadspin).

Barry Jackson and Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Linebacker Willie Williams is in discussions with Troy about transferring there after receiving permission from Miami officials. Plus, defensive end Chris Lewis is transferring to Fresno State (registration).

Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Two projected starters for Boston College are among four players expected to miss the season.

Jim Moredich, Tucson Citizen: It took six months to clear academic hurdles, but the nation's No. 1 junior college recruit has become an Arizona Wildcat.

Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia cornerback Thomas Flowers has been suspended for the first two games. Three other players are also suspended (registration).

Rick Scoppe, Greenville News: Good news for South Carolina. Syvelle Newton, the multi-tasking offensive threat, says he's back and ready to play.

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