Sunday, July 22, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Thayer Evans, New York Times: Some black residents of Texarkana have questioned whether a sexual assault case against Oklahoma State linebacker Chris Collins has racial overtones.

Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Ranking the conferences. The Southeastern is the best, the Sun Belt the worst.

Ron Bracken, Centre Daily Times: Penn State coach Joe Paterno couldn't have imagined the day when Rutgers and West Virginia would be ranked higher than his Nittany Lions.

Scott Rabalais, Baton Rouge Advocate: Louisiana State, which sold a record 67,700 season tickets in 2006, has already surpassed that mark with 68,100.

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: Big 12 Insider. Baylor coach Guy Morriss, whose team opens against Texas Christian, has his players wearing dog tags inscribed with "Baylor vs. TCU, Sept. 1, 2007. Beat the Frogs."

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska receiver Maurice Purify, who sorted out his legal problems, has been reinstated to the team but will sit out the opener against Nevada.

Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick, 70, indicates that retirement is not in his immediate future.

Dick Harmon, Deseret Morning News: The time has come for the Mountain West Conference to answer why the league can or cannot expect more exposure on a national level, and who, by name, is responsible to get it done.

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: A one-evening camp Florida coaches started called Friday Night Lights is gaining popularity. Florida State is the latest team to adopt the idea.

Mark Berman, Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech fans and supporters comment about the troubles surrounding former Hokie quarterback Michael Vick.

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