Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Pete Thamel, New York Times: NCAA legislation passed last week took aim at prep schools but could be a boom for junior colleges, which "went from eating Caesar salad to prime rib."

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Maybe this is why nobody wants to play Hawaii. The Warriors had five players drafted, more than Nebraska, Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama or UCLA.

Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle: Houston's Reliant Stadium could become a regular stop for the Big 12 title game beginning in 2008. Other cities expected to bid: San Antonio, Arlington and Kansas City.

Ray Kisonas, Monroe News: Two Michigan players reportedly were in a car that allegedly contained marijuana and Vicodin when it was stopped by police.

Sara Ganim, Centre Daily Times: Thirteen Penn State players are among 37 people who will be subpoenaed to testify Friday at a hearing for six Nittany Lions charged in an apartment invasion and assault.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego State coach Chuck Long is in no rush to name a starting quarterback.

Mike Huguenin, Orlando Sentinel: Breaking down the nonconference schedules of the six Bowl Championship Series leagues.

Pete Pelegrin, Miami Herald: The NCAA is about to pick on the little guy again. Florida International is expected to lose nine football scholarships when the NCAA's Academic Progress Report is issued Wednesday.

Ron Higgins, Commercial Appeal: Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said he "will not crack" under what he called a "total smear campaign" to get him to quit his job. Thanks to Sunday Morning Quarterback.

Dick Harmon, Deseret Morning News: The Brady Quinn saga was a creation of ESPN and its NFL draft guru, Mel Kiper.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe is no longer an employee of Bull Ring Sports Bar and Grill.

Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times: USC coach Pete Carroll says he approves of the NCAA's decision to ban text messaging.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Hating Alabama coach Nick Saban has become the fashionable thing to do.

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