Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Pete Thamel, New York Times: The high price of humiliation. With the weakest teams in Division I-A becoming more expensive, top programs are stooping lower for competition. Thanks to Joe for this beaut! (registration).

Andrea Jones, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A week into the new semester, it's clear that Georgia president Michael Adams' war on underage and excessive drinking is off to a rocky start (registration).

Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: The paper's Notre Dame beat writer, who exposed a possible NCAA violation involving safety Tom Zbikowski, gets an earful from Fighting Irish fans (thanks to Bruce).

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: An anonymous e-mail sent to Oklahoma president David Boren on March 3 triggered the internal investigation that led to Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn's dismissal from the Sooner team (registration).

Lynn Henning, Detroit News: An edited excerpt from his new book details how Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker's 2002 season went up in smoke.

Mike Lucas, Capital Times: Barry Alvarez, the former Wisconsin coach and current athletic director, will join Fox's BCS broadcast crew.

Chris Low, Tennessean: Tennessee receivers coach Trooper Taylor collected $3,000 in violation of NCAA rules on supplemental pay last month, according to a report filed with the SEC by the university.

Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Former Texas running back Ramonce Taylor has enrolled at Texas College, an NAIA school in Tyler (registration).

ESPN: Former Miami linebacker Willie Williams has enrolled at West Los Angeles College.

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