Friday, August 03, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Jim Reeves, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Josh Patterson, the 19-year-old son of Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson, will be deployed to Iraq in December as a tank driver in the Army's 4th Infantry.

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: Florida offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of battery and discharging a firearm (in this case, an AK-47 assault rifle) in public. You can hear the audio of the 911 calls from the incident by clicking here.

Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle: Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione on Oklahoma's search for a starting quarterback: "That may be the only question mark they have ... other than what [summer] jobs they're going to work this year."

Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: A private developer has approached Syracuse University about building a new football stadium.

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle: Syracuse has decided to pay $200,000 in order to buy its way out of a 2009 game at Wyoming. "It's just horrible, and it shows no class [by Syracuse]," Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said.

Jim Kleinpeter, Times-Picayune: With a shaky situation at quarterback, Louisiana State coach Les Miles has lifted the suspension of Ryan Perrilloux.

Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: An arrest warrant has been issued for Texas freshman defensive tackle Andre Jones in connection with the armed robbery that landed Robert Joseph, his former teammate, in jail last weekend.

Joe Vardon, Toledo Blade: The Detroit-area gambler at the center of the alleged point-shaving scandal at Toledo was well known by many Rocket athletes, according to former Toledo basketball player Keith Triplett.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Despite a home schedule lacking in quality opponents outside of Miami, Florida State has sold over 41,000 season tickets.

Iliana Limón, Albuquerque Tribune: New Mexico has sold 12,530 season tickets, about 1,000 tickets ahead of sales at the same time last year.

Dave Curtis, Orlando Sentinel: Former Alabama coach Mike DuBose, now coaching at Millsaps College, wants back in the big time.

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