Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

David I. Andersen, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Raymond Williams, Ohio's Mr. Football in 2003, was sent to prison after violating his probation.

Craig Smith, Seattle Times: Washington State cornerbacks coach Ken Greene has been dismissed, reportedly for incidents of misconduct.

Bart Wright, Greenville News: Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said of his Southern Baptist beliefs, "It makes some people uncomfortable, I guess, but there's really nothing in [the Bible] to be afraid of."

Chip Brown and Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News: A wish list from Big 12 coaches: an early recruiting signing period, a fifth year of eligibility (eliminating redshirting) and a ninth bowl tie-in. Plus, five Big 12 games will be telecast by ESPN this fall.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Is Alabama coach Nick Saban public enemy No. 1 in South Florida? At some area high schools, he's treated as a hero.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has come out of hiding after the Elvis-like coverage of the Crimson Tide's hiring of Saban.

Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii officials were put on the hotseat by state lawmakers who asked why facilities are in such poor shape, but in the end, what was accomplished?

Barry Jackson, Miami Herald: The parents of slain Miami player Bryan Pata were awarded a $2 million settlement from his apartment complex's insurance company.

Glenn Guibeau, Lafayette Daily Advertiser: Louisiana State officials, despite protests from PETA, plan to put another tiger in captivity on campus after mascot Mike V died Friday following emergency surgery.

James Varney, Times-Picayune: Louisiana State backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, 20, was suspended from the team after he attempted to gain entrance to a riverboat casino using his brother's identification.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: A new book chronicles Washington football under the Dawgfather, Don James.

Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Perhaps the worst has passed for Illinois. The recruiting has been stellar, confidence is building and the stadium is undergoing a massive makeover.

Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Michigan announced it will play Toledo in 2008, days after the Big Ten decided against adding a ninth conference game.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley had surgery to remove a tumor near his vocal cords and all signs point to a complete recovery.

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