Friday, June 22, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Chris Shelton and Neill Woelk, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado will lose one football scholarship per year over the next three years for undercharging walk-on athletes for certain types of meals. ... Had Colorado, which reported the violations, done what plenty of other schools do in similar cases (hello USC?), Buff officials would have simply cleaned up the mess, swept it under the carpet and moved on.

Matt Winkeljohn, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The group that cares for the Ramblin' Wreck, the 1930 Ford Model A that leads Georgia Tech onto the field, won't allow any photos of damage done to the vehicle during an accident last week for fear of rivals using the images deviously.

Brian Davis and Dave Levinthal, Dallas Morning News: Outgoing Dallas mayor Laura Miller said hope for a Texas Tech-Oklahoma State game at the Cotton Bowl appear dead. "Once Jerry Jones got in the middle of it, it got complicated," Miller said.

Chip Brown, Dallas Morning News: Oklahoma State bound for a Bowl Championship Series game in 2007? It's not as crazy as one might think. Plus a predicted order of finish in the Big 12 North and South.

Garry Smits, Jacksonville Times-Union: No time to rest for Gator Bowl officials, who are preparing for the Alabama-Florida State game on Sept. 29.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington is becoming a consensus No. 1 in at least one poll — having the toughest schedule in the country.

Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki, Detroit Free Press: The Michigan Board of Regents voted to accept bids on a $226-million renovation of Michigan Stadium that will add about 500 seats, primarily in luxury boxes and wheelchair-accessible areas.

Christian Ewell, Baltimore Sun: Jared Gaither, a starting offensive lineman for Maryland the last two years, has been declared academically ineligible.

George Hostetter, Fresno Bee: According to a university-commissioned report by an independent accounting firm, Fresno State improperly accepted nearly $2.9 million in corporate matching gifts for athletics from 1986 through 2003, despite donor policies prohibiting this use.

Scott Cacciola, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Arkansas State fans are not thrilled over the prospect of the university changing its nickname from the Indians.

Kyle Hightower, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida's new stadium is about 85% complete as the Knights prepare for their Sept. 15 home opener against Texas.

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