Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Tristan Scott, Missoulian: Montana offensive lineman J.D. Quinn, whose "job" at a Norman auto dealer helped put Oklahoma on probation, was arrested on charges of drunken driving. Quinn was featured in a YouTube video on the site two weeks ago.

Bob Flounders, Patriot-News: Penn State has sold — get this — more than 93,000 season tickets, with a waiting list about 2,000 applicants long.

Adam Himmelsback, New York Times: Attention Joe Paterno: Bobby Bowden, with 366 victories and less than four months shy of his 78th birthday, would like to reach 400 victories.

Joey Johnston, Tampa Tribune: Atlantic Coast Conference coaches and players try to answer critics about their watered-down league.

Virginian-Pilot: ACC coaches debate the NCAA's ban on text messages to recruits, plus other notes from the league's media day.

Robbi Pickeral, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina coach Butch Davis said the school is hoping to begin a $100 million renovation of Kenan Stadium within the next 18 months.

Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post: Miami coach Randy Shannon says he might use Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman at quarterback.

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Sound familiar, Big Ten? Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson is trying to create a groundswell of support from fans to get The Mtn., the league's television network, on basic cable rather than a more expensive digital basic tier.

Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: MWC commish Craig Thompson also might be on the move. He has been contacted about the same position in the Big 12.

Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Is Texas Christian prepared to be the latest uninvited guest to crash the Bowl Championship Series party?

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: The Western Athletic Conference, given up for dead nine years ago, is back with two Heisman candidates and two teams that finished last season in the top 25.

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: The Pacific 10 added the Poinsettia Bowl to its postseason lineup, and with the addition of the Hawaii Bowl, the league will have seven postseason partners.

Phil Stukenborg, Commercial Appeal: Conference USA coaches say it will take a combination of deft scheduling and good fortune for a team from the league to break into the BCS party.

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