Thursday, September 14, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Joseph Person and Devon Marrow, Columbia State: Steve Spurrier wasn't kidding. There will be changes in the South Carolina offense. Quarterback Blake Mitchell was arrested after a fight at the Five Points bar and has been suspended indefinitely. Reaction.

Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson offensive lineman Nathan Bennett and Roman Fry will not face serious charges in the accidental death of assistant track coach Jarrett Foster.

Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: After being penalized nine scholarships in March because of its subpar rating in the Academic Progress Report, Temple has had those scholarships restored.

Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: Brain surgery performed on Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner was called a success.

Detroit News: Former Michigan State coach George Perles, running as a Democrat for Michigan's Board of Trustees, has gotten a rude welcome to politics.

Columbia State: The paper takes a look around the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences.

Chip Alexander, Raleigh News & Observer: The bill for the damage caused by a burst water pipe at North Carolina State's Murphy Football Center will run about $250,000 (registration).

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: North Carolina State's Chuck Amato took the low road after his team lost to tiny Akron (registration).

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: USC has Denzel Washington, Henry Winkler and Snoop Dogg. Nebraska? It has Larry the Cable Guy.

Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen: It's revenge week for Pac-10 teams, who finally have some home cooking after playing a series of road games.

Craig Smith, Seattle Times: Washington State plans to continue to play one "home" game each season at Seattle's Qwest Field.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: A look at the Mountain West Conference from top to bottom.

Michael C. Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune: Even Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson can't solve the mess over the conference's new television network.

Chris Low, Tennessean: Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Harrell has a ruptured left biceps tendon, but will postpone surgery to play his final college game against Florida.

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