Friday, March 02, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Scott Carter, Tampa Tribune: New Florida State assistant Jimbo Fisher will be paid $425,000, with $210,000 of that coming from Seminole Boosters, Inc. Coach Bobby Bowden remains highest-paid state employee at nearly $2.1 million.

Mike Prater and Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Former Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky will grace the cover of the immensely popular EA Sports NCAA Football 2008 video game.

Matthew Futterman, Newark Star-Ledger: In yet another sign football has become big business at Rutgers, prime parking spots will go to the biggest athletic donors.

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: New Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson will be guaranteed only $500,000 for 2007, but will earn $5.6 million over the five years of his deal. If Erickson leaves to take another job, he must pay Arizona State $750,000.

Nick Martin, East Valley Tribune: Former Arizona State running back Hakim Hill offered a Scottsdale police officer a wad of cash before he was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct last weekend.

Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: It appears the partnership between the Cotton Bowl and the Big 12 will be tested when the postseason game makes a planned move to crack the Bowl Championship Series lineup (registration).

Mark Janssen, Manhattan Mercury: From assistant coaches to the equipment manager, there is little left of the Bill Snyder era at Kansas State (registration).

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche Journal: Texas Tech coach Mike Leach says "Nobel Prize quality intellect and intelligence" went into the changing the clocks rules, but he's upset with timeouts being shortened from 65 seconds to 30 seconds.

Rob Oller, Columbus Dispatch: Meet Jim Tressel's new brain trust: Earl Bruce and John Cooper.

Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada Las Vegas defensive end Robert Travers, who started the last four games of the 2006 season, died in his garage from carbon monoxide intoxication.

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