Monday, July 30, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Iliana Limón, Albuquerque Tribune: A Brigham Young fan in Phoenix has started a website with a petition urging satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network to add the Mtn., the Mountain West Conference's channel, to their lineups.

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: It comes down to this for Baylor coach Guy Morriss. Take the Bears to a bowl game and he gets an extension. Compile another losing season — the fifth in five years — and he's likely out of a job.

Jon Machota and George Sipple, Detroit Free Press: Former Ohio State linebacker turned broadcaster Chris Spielman says Michigan's chances of going undefeated are "as good as they've been in a long time."

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez has changed his mind. He now supports a Big Ten title game.

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Looking for a sleeper? Here are 10 teams that could surprise.

Mike Baldwin, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State is negotiating for a two-game series with Washington State, with a 2008 game at Seattle's Qwest Field and a return trip to Stillwater in 2010.

Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle: Notre Dame has discussed playing a game at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Rating the coaches in the Southeastern Conference. Steve Spurrier is No. 1, Les Miles is No. 7 and Sylvester Croom is No. 12.

Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: When it comes to football, Mississippi is a state of decline.

Pete Thamel, New York Times: Rutgers running back Ray Rice and California receiver DeSean Jackson are two players to benefit from Play It Smart, a nonprofit program to help players in inner-city schools with their studies.

Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times: The former Times sports editor expresses his disappointment that there's now a regular gambling column in the sports section.

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