Thursday, August 23, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Steve Aponavicius, who last year earned the nickname of the late punk rocker "Sid Vicious" when he became a national story as a walk-on, will start the season as Boston College's kicker.

Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Ticket sales for Miami's final game in the Orange Bowl — Nov. 10 against Virginia — were brisk after the team announced it would move home games to Dolphin Stadium for the 2008 season.

Jon Solomon and Erin Stock, Birmingham News: Alabama signee Josh Chapman had a grade changed on his transcript and re-submitted to the university by counselors at Hoover High, making him eligible. Hoover, the dominant prep program in Alabama, is being investigated for allegedly giving athletes favorable academic treatment.

Michael Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier refuted accusations by former Warrior player Ian Sample that the athletic department manipulated drug testing to protect star players.

Scott Cacciola, Commercial Appeal: Mississippi freshman linebacker Chris Strong, considered the top prep player in the state last season, was given the OK to play by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Sons of Sam Malone: Virginia Tech will not rename Michael Vick Hall despite the quarterback's fall from grace.

Jeff Haney, Las Vegas Sun: Football bettors are loading up on information at the Gambler's Book Shop in Las Vegas.

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