Monday, August 28, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Mike Knobler, Jeff D'Alessio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Here's a quiz for you. Only eight of the 65 teams in the six BCS conferences had all their recruits qualify. Name those teams. Hint: No Big East team had a perfect score (registration).

Ian R. Rapoport, Clarion Ledger: Even though the NCAA has dropped its crowd noise penalty, the SEC continues to insist that cowbells used by Mississippi State fans are illegal and can draw a penalty.

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: A reporter remembers his days as a walk-on at Florida and how he ended up covering the team.

Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News: Remember the brawl that broke out at the end of the 2004 Texas Tech-Southern Methodist game? The teams play again Saturday night in Lubbock (registration).

John Maher, Austin American-Statesman: Winning a national title has enabled Texas to cash in. The Longhorns have displaced North Carolina, which was No. 1 for the past five years, in licensing revenue (registration).

Billy Turner, Times-Picayune: New Orleans was once a hotbed of prep talent. All that changed after Hurricane Katrina swept through the city.

Brett McMurphy and Gregg Becnel, Tampa Tribune: Three projected starters for South Florida will miss the first two games and possibly six because of a second positive drug test.

David Showers, Northwest Arkansas Times: Some Arkansas fans waited for hours outside a Wal-Mart to have Lou Holtz autograph a copy of his new book.

Evan Woobery, Mobile Press-Register: Auburn self-reported seven minor violations to the NCAA, including one involving the recruitment of a junior college player who eventually signed with Mississippi.

Jonathan Okanes, Contra Costa Times: With the season upon us, Aaron Taylor says he has no regrets over leaving his job as a studio analyst for ABC.

Iliana Limon, Albuquerque Tribune: A series of heavy summer rains have New Mexico officials scrambling to firm up the turf at University Stadium.

Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh has moved the start time for its Sept. 16 game against Michigan State from 3:30 p.m. to noon to avoid a conflict with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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