Thursday, August 31, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Emily Badger, Orlando Sentinel: The ACC has taken out an insurance policy worth up to $8 million a year to recoup losses from any games canceled because of a hurricane (registration).

Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen: The SEC is widely considered the top conference, but teams from the league are only 3-7 against Pac-10 opponents this decade.

Bob Thomas, Jacksonville Times-Union: The average cost of two fans from Jacksonville to spend a weekend in Tallahassee and attend a Florida State game is $813. For eight home games, the total is $6,504 (registration).

Adam Smeltz, Centre Daily Times: Scalpers are cashing in at Penn State, and police are moving in to make sure starving students don't get rich.

Kent Babb, Columbia State: South Carolina officials say the decision to leave the band behind for Thursday night's opener at Mississippi State had nothing to do with cash and everything to do with class.

Tony Phifer, Coloradoan: Fum's Song, a rousing college ditty sung by deceased Colorado State great Fum McGraw, no longer will be shown on the video screen at Hughes Stadium between the third and fourth quarters because of objectionable lyrics. See the lyrics by clicking here.

Tom Dienhart, Sporting News: He has tomorrow's news today with this scoop: Kansas coach Mark Mangino has agreed to a contract extension and will sign the deal Thursday.

Sirius: Three games are scheduled to be broadcast Thursday night by Sirius satellite radio.

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