Thursday, December 28, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Associated Press: Tickets for the Cotton Bowl are so cheap that a family of four could see the game between Nebraska and Auburn for less than $100.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Record-breaking Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has requested that an NFL advisory panel evaluate his skills and project where he would be selected if he declared himself eligible for the draft.

Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: It's the flu bug — not a hangover from a late-night trip to Juarez — that is bothering Missouri players as they prepare for the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: Nobody benefitted more from Bylaw — the obscure NCAA rule that allows graduate students to transfer and play immediately — than Florida's Ryan Smith.

Mike Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Another Georgia Tech player has been declared academically ineligible for the Gator Bowl (registration).

Christian Swezey, Washington Post: Navy is developing quite the reputation for bringing fans to bowl games (registration).

Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post: Miami quarterbacks Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman aren't the best of friends. At one point, they weren't even talking to each other.

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Former Louisiana State and Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo, who helped lead Notre Dame to the 1973 national title as a player, said the Fighting Irish have "become what they never wanted to become."

Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register: Iowa quarterback Drew Tate is being criticized for comments he made about the Hawkeye state.

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