Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

David Wharton, Los Angeles Times: Of the 1,063 calls that were reviewed this season, approximately 25% were reversed. The average wait for a replay decision was 1 minute 49 seconds.

Jeff Darlington, Miami Herald: Alabama is expected to make another run at Miami Dolphin coach Nick Saban. Don Shula, father of the fired Mike Shula, called the Alabama program "bad" and that he hopes "someone evaluates the evaluators" in Tuscaloosa.

Tom D'Angelo, Palm Beach Post: Florida State's Lorenzo Booker, in San Francisco for the Emerald Bowl, doesn't like the Bay Area, judging from his comments.

John Hunt, Oregonian: Testy? Oregon coach Mike Bellotti opened a conference call by calling for a public apology from a columnist.

Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald: Reality is sinking in for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers will play Auburn in a "dump" of a stadium, sometimes called the Cotton Bowl.

Irv Moss, Denver Post: Is new Air Force coach Troy Calhoun ready to dump the option offense used by Fisher DeBerry?

Pete Thamel, New York Times: An Auburn professor who had been the focus of an investigation in academic irregularities has been suspended with pay because of a different academic matter.

Kansas City Star: Former Northwestern and Colorado coach Gary Barnett let it be known he wanted back in the game, but he hasn't received one phone call.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Super Southern 100. The paper names its top high school prospects in the South.

Steroid Nation: Breaking down the reported positive drug test that led to the dismissal of Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas.

Norman Chad: Totally unrelated to what we have going on at this site, but do we really need an excuse to link to the entertaining Chad?

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