Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Night football was a big success last year for the networks, so it's coming back bigger and better this fall.

Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: A look at Illinois' offseason, from Ron Zook's busy schedule to rumors of the Fighting Illini planning to break out special uniforms for an Oct. 20 home night game against Michigan.

Bob Holt, Northwest Arkansas Times: The Southeastern Conference had 41 players selected in the NFL draft, tops in the land. Runner-up honors go to the Big Ten with 34.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: The Pacific 10 had only 28 players drafted, its fewest since the 2001 draft when only 24 were taken.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: The NFL drafted 11 quarterbacks, including one from Coastal Carolina. The NFL didn't draft Chris Leak, who guided Florida to the national title.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Louisiana State's Les Miles is living off Nick Saban's recruits and time could be short on the Bayou.

Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: With one of his players facing university suspension after two arrests, Georgia coach Mark Richt calls a meeting of his team to lay down the law.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Bill Battle won a bunch of games as coach of Tennessee in the 1970s. On Tuesday, he scored a big-time touchdown in the business world.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: A three-person faculty panel upheld coach Bobby Bowden's decision to deny a former Seminole tight end a release from his Florida State scholarship.

Business Wire: Ave Maria Mutual Funds announced that Lou Holtz has replaced the late Bowie Kuhn on its Catholic Advisory Board.

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Former Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, now the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, says he regularly talks with new Gopher coach Tim Brewster.

Josh Barr, Washington Post: An offensive lineman who drew the ire of many Maryland fans 15 months ago by accepting a scholarship offer to Penn State is transferring to Division I-AA Towson.

Daniel Lyght, Fresno Bee: Changes aplenty at Fresno State, where offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is working on employing new schemes, including a five-receiver set.

Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: A position-by-position review of Missouri after spring drills.

Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal: What's wrong with newspapers today? Guys like Greg Haney are leaving the business.

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