Thursday, October 12, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: A conference-by-conference collection of information and observations on this week's games.

Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada athletic director Cary Groth is upset with what she called "offensive" fan behavior, "language, excessive drinking and fighting" during the Wolf Pack's 31-3 victory over rival Nevada Las Vegas on Sept. 30 in Las Vegas.

Shannon Shelton, Detroit Free Press: It's called piling on at Michigan State. East Lansing police are investigating an altercation reportedly involving four members of the Spartan team.

Fred Girard, Detroit News: A 23-year-old Ann Arbor man was arrested for sending "threatening, harrassing and obscene" emails to Michigan's Lloyd Carr.

Steve Ahillen, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee suspended media privileges for News-Sentinel reporter Dave Hooker because an interview with an injured cornerback violated policy.

Shawn Courchesne, Hartford Courant: One of the Connecticut players dismissed from the team said he left his room to make a phone call and had nothing to do with the purchase of alcohol. The other players who were dismissed back up his claim.

Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson plays Temple on Thursday night in Charlotte, but the game is not doing well at the gate, with fewer than 30,000 tickets sold.

Ron Higgins, Commercial Appeal: Southeastern Conference notebooks for the Eastern and Western Divisions (registration).

Norm Wood, Daily Press: Virginia Tech will be without Josh Hyman for Thursday's game at Boston College after the receiver was allegedly arrested for DUI.

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Air Force's game against Colorado State on Thursday night could well be the defining moment in the Falcons' season.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: How desperate is Fresno State's Pat Hill? The coach is imploring Bulldog fans to skip the Fresno County Fair Saturday and show up for Fresno State's game against Hawaii.

Iliana Limon, Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico coach Rocky Long, whose team is 2-4, says he is not worried about job security.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: The natives are restless in Corvallis, where Oregon State has stumbled to a 2-3 start.

Ted Miller, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Pac-10 notebook. With the first BCS rankings due Sunday, expect some elbows to start to fly in the direction of the Left Coast.

Don Walker, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Former Wisconsin running back Booker Stanley, who would have been a fifth-year senior, now watches the Badgers from a jail cell. He is facing up to 57 years in prison.

Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune: Minnesota is finding itself at odds with some of the state's most influential corporate citizens over plans for its on-campus stadium.

John Heuser, Ann Arbor News: So what if Michigan had hired Joe Paterno instead of Bo Schembechler? (thanks to Kevin).

Joe Rexrode, Lansing State Journal: Another reason recruiting rankings are a joke. Michigan State's 2004 class of 30 players, judged among the nation's top 20, is in tatters, with only 11 players left on the team.

Cedric Golden, Austin American-Statesman: Trash-talking Baylor cornerback C.J. Wilson says Texas better be ready for "The I-35 Surprise." (registration).

Al Jones, Sun Herald: Southern Mississippi cornerback C.J. Bailey was dismissed from the team after he was arrested for aggravated assault involving an air-powered BB gun being fired from a vehicle.

Lou Grieco, Dayton Daily News: An Ohio State fan has painted "Ohio" into his lawn since 2002 to show his dedication to the Buckeyes (thanks to RJYH).

Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Gaming Wire: Nevada casinos continue to rake it in, with winnings of more than $1.06 billion in August.

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