Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Carter Strickland and Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Larry Munson, 84, the legendary voice of Georgia football, discussed the possibility of retiring with Bulldog athletic director Damon Evans.

Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register: George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports, on the Big Ten Network: "In effect, the Big Ten has changed their business plan. They're now competing with the hand that feeds them, in some respects."

Jeffrey Slatton and Wally Hall, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Another crazed Arkansas fan pays a research firm $6,300 to survey Razorback faithful. Houston Nutt gets a 63% approval rating. So what does this prove or accomplish?

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Trouble here? Alabama's Nick Saban is trying to sign the team's first recruit out of Memphis since Albert Means.

Dennis Brackin, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota should recoup the $5 million buyout-related costs for Glen Mason and Dan Monson within three years from increased revenue generated by new ticket sales alone. Plus, transition costs.

Jeffrey Martin, Kansas City Star: Kansas State coach Ron Prince has reason to believe his Wildcats can win their opener at Auburn.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson talks about beating Tennessee in 2005, his favorite TV show and his uncanny resemblance to comedian Steve Martin.

Dave Thomas, Yakima Herald-Republic: Washington coach Tyrone Willingham, facing the toughest schedule in the nation, when asked at an alumni stop if the goal is to reach a major bowl game: "Is there anything else?"

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