Friday, October 13, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Tony Barnhart and Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia president Michael Adams has apologized for comments he made about poor graduation rates for Bulldog athletes (registration).

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas coach Mark Mangino was absolved of wrongdoing in an NCAA probe of the athletic department.

Kansas City Star: A breakdown of the penalties handed down to Kansas teams by the NCAA (registration).

Knoxville News-Sentinel: A link to the audio interview by Dave Hooker that resulted in the reporter having his media privileges suspended by Tennessee officials.

Ryan Wood, Daily Press: Atlantic Coast Conference coaches continue to press for a fifth year of eligibility for players.

Neil Milbert, Chicago Tribune: A group of Illinois faculty members is sending a letter to prospective athletic recruits suggesting that they think twice because of the university's use of mascot Chief Illiniwek.

Dirk Chatelian, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska is pumping up the crowd noise to prepare for Kansas State, which is planning a "Harley Day" Saturday at Manhattan.

Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The season has had its controversies and surprises, and more are sure to come.

John Henderson, Denver Post: The biggest surprise? It has to be Arkansas. The biggest disappointment? Colorado.

Tim Bisel, Topeka Capital-Journal: Sixteen Kansas State players showed for the weekly news conference. A week earlier, only three participated.

George Schroeder, Oklahoman: Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe, who has turned around the program, says he is not ready to "jump ship." (registration).

Doug Smock, Charleston Gazette: Conference USA notebook. East Carolina, after knocking off Virginia, is taking aim at Tulsa.

Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger: Rutgers' Ray Rice is not ruling out rushing for 2,000 yards.

Huntsville Times: The Southwestern Athletic Conference has benched an official for the season after an error in the Grambling-Mississippi Valley State game.

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