Thursday, March 08, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Tom Zbikowski's exhibition boxing match had plenty of glitches, including the suspension of opponent Ken Murphy, but a replacement was found and the Notre Dame safety dazzled the fans with his fistic fury. Photo package.

Risa Polansky, Miami Today: Florida International is planning to build a $50 million stadium and student center that will be ready for the start of the 2008 season. In the meantime, the Golden Panthers are expected to play this fall in the Orange Bowl. Thanks to Steve!

Marcus Nelson, Palm Beach Post: Florida Atlantic is exploring options to set up a temporary stadium on its Boca Raton campus as early as this fall in case the team gets booted from Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium.

George Hostetter, Fresno Bee: Fresno State, for one, is cashing in on Boise State's appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson says the league's schedule will be released Monday.

Randy Kennedy, Mobile Press-Register: Alabama coach Nick Saban's popularity continues to soar. He will pack them in next month at a charity even in Mobile.

Scott Wolf's blog, L.A. Daily News: Former USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart recently got turned down by actress Scarlett Johansson in Miami.

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