Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: Fox Sports Network is close to selling some of its Big 12 Saturday night games to rival ESPN in an unprecedented deal that would result in wider national exposure for the conference.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: The Dawgfather, Don James, is one of 12 members of an advisory committee that will develop a plan to renovate Washington's Husky Stadium.

Kalani Simpson, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: Hawaii fans, responding to quarterback Colt Brennan's complaint about no soap in the team's locker room showers, are donating soap to the program.

Toledo Blade: Bowling Green is set to become the latest member of the Mid-American Conference to install a FieldTurf playing surface.

Barry Jackson, Miami Herald: The answer is yes. Larry Coker, fired as Miami's coach, plans to coach again. It just won't happen this season.

Milton Kent, Baltimore Sun: Turns out the NCAA ban on text messaging was pushed by the Ivy League, which, theoretically, doesn't award athletic scholarships.

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia linebacker Akeem Hebron has been suspended from the university for a year and plans to enroll at Georgia Military College.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina lawmakers have voted to override governor Mark Sanford's veto of a bill that will allow South Carolina and Clemson to borrow more money for athletic facilities.

Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: Indiana officials indicate that they expect coach Terry Hoeppner to rejoin the team for summer drills.

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Air Force is changing its uniforms, including wearing silver pants for home games.

Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse is close to an agreement for a two-game series against USC.

Mark Blaudschun, Boston Globe: Boston College and USC are close to an agreement for a two-game series beginning in 2011.

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