Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Things got a little out of hand during a pep rally for Brigham Young and Oregon in advance of Thursday's Las Vegas Bowl.

Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal: The shakeup of the Nevada Las Vegas coaching staff has started, with offensive coordinator Noah Brindise the first casualty.

Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle: California running back Marshawn Lynch has lost his No. 1 blocker. Fullback Byron Storer has a broken arm.

Steve Dilbeck, L.A. Daily News: Most of the time, making it to the Rose Bowl is the accomplishment of a lifetime. Not for USC.

Jim Meehan, Spokesman Review: Washington State defensive coordinator Robb Akey is the new coach of Idaho, replacing Dennis Erickson.

Pete Pelegrin, Miami Herald: Miami offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was hired as coach at Florida International. The 36-year-old becomes the first Cuban-American head coach in Division I-A and the second youngest behind Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, 32 (registration).

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