Thursday, July 12, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Rickey Hampton, Flint Journal: When asked about retirement, Michigan's Lloyd Carr said, "I can't predict the future." He added: "When that day comes, I'll just make the announcement that I'm going to do it."

Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times: USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, on why he decided to leave Arkansas. "It just got to the point where I knew it wasn't going to work out there. Not this year, not ever."

Ron Higgins, Commercial Appeal: After having at least one league team on NCAA probation for 25 consecutive years, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive is hopeful the league will be sanction-free by June 11, 2008.

Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Alabama coach Nick Saban on scheduling nonconference games. "I'd like to play Notre Dame. We played them three times at Michigan State and beat them three times."

Ferd Lewis and Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii coach June Jones, in the final year of a five-year contract and third-highest paid coach in the Western Athletic Conference, could become the league's first to crack $1 million mark in annual compensation.

Honolulu Advertiser: The 43-minute video to promote the Heisman campaign of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan will be available for viewing July 24 on the athletic department's website.

Joe Vardon, Toledo Blade: Days before she was to sue the university for firing her, a former high-ranking member of Toledo's athletic department learned she was going to get her job back.

Jack Bogaczyk, Charleston Daily Mail: Big East teams will be adding plenty of oomph to their nonconference schedules after 2007. Teams such as USC, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, Auburn, Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma appear on future schedules. A look at tentative schedules for all Big East teams through 2015 (pdf file).

Mickey Furfari, Charleston Daily Mail: Retire at age 45? Former West Virginia defensive back Tim Agee plans to walk away from his job in November.

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