Saturday, November 11, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Dave Dye, Detroit News: Steve Mariucci is out of the running for the opening at Michigan State. Assistants Bo Pelini of Louisiana State and Charlie Strong of Florida have been interviewed. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach Pat Shurmur said he would be interested.

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: With the Big East stealing all the Thursday night thunder, why doesn't the Big 12 try to play games during the week?

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: It's clear that Alabama Birmingham coach Watson Brown has run out of excuses.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: The Alabama-Auburn game is big locally, but is irrelevant nationally.

Ted Lewis, Times-Picayune: Rutgers' victory over Louisville has created the potential for the biggest mess in the nine-year history of the BCS.

David Wharton, Los Angeles Times: An equipment glitch affected instant replay calls in last season's Rose Bowl.

Thomas Bonk, Los Angeles Times: San Jose State has battled back to respectability with a band of upstarts.

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