Thursday, July 19, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun: It appears Urban Meyer's first recruiting class in 2005 — rated among the best in the nation — is a bust. Only eight of the 18 players remain with the Gators, and only two figure to be starters this season.

Candace Buckner, Kansas City Star: Kansas State takes a liberal approach to policing its Wildcat logo, which is different from the strong-arm tactics used by Wisconsin on high schools. Thanks to John for this item!

Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: The wife of Louisiana State coach Les Miles is getting ready to host a football clinic for women. "I honestly feel that the husbands make the wives go so they can bring the information back," Kathy Miles said.

Ray Parrillo, Philadelphia Inquirer: One reason ESPN loves the Big East, and Rutgers in particular? The Scarlet Knights' win over Louisville last November had the highest average rating for a college sporting event in the New York market since ESPN began rating them in 2000.

Robbi Pickeral, Raleigh News & Observer: Combined, North Carolina's nine assistant coaches don't make as much as coach Butch Davis, whose contract is worth $1.86 million a year.

Evan Woodbery, Mobile Press-Register: Auburn has reported 13 secondary NCAA violations since last summer, including three involving the football program.

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota coach Tim Brewster dismissed four players accused of being involved in a rape.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: The Big East Conference and Tampa Bay Devil Rays officials have had discussions about starting a Big East bowl game at Tropicana Field in 2010.

Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami freshman quarterback Robert Marve, injured in a car accident, is expected to sit out the season.

Mike Baldwin, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says his team hasn't turned the corner yet.

Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star: Citing a need for research on college sports conducted independently of the NCAA, the University of Memphis announced the creation of the College Sport Research Institute.

Bridget Wentworth, Newark Star-Ledger: The attorney for Rutgers assistant coach Chris Demarest entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and said the incident that led to a domestic assault charge against Demarest has been "blown way out of proportion."

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin receivers coach Henry Mason could miss the season while recovering from a spinal cord injury.

Nate Allen, Northwest Arkansas Times: Danny Nutt, who resigned as the running backs coach at Arkansas because of reoccurring bleeding from the brain stem, could find out this week if he will require surgery to correct the problem.

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Tim Horton, Air Force's offensive coordinator and receivers coach, is leaving to become running backs coach at Arkansas, replacing Danny Nutt.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is getting a $500,000 bump in pay, bringing his annual compensation to $1.75 million.

Columbia State: Clemson has sold 57,991 season tickets, breaking a record that was set in 1988.

Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii is expected to spend a week in Houston in September between road games at Louisiana Tech and Nevada Las Vegas.

And here is today's mystery link.

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