Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Edward G. Robinson III, Raleigh News & Observer: Rob Kass, projected to be East Carolina's starting quarterback, was arrested early Saturday on charges of driving while impaired.

Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun: Former USC tailback Emmanuel Moody is transferring to Florida.

Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle: Texas coach Mack Brown is expected to get a pay raise that will put him over the $3 million threshold.

Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American Statesman: Texas receiver Limas Sweed says he will play in the opener against Arkansas State.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Five burning questions about the Southeastern Conference as we enter Week 1.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Oddsmaker Danny Sheridan likes Tennessee to win the SEC East and Louisiana State to win the SEC West.

Ron Higgins, Commerical Appeal: It will be critical for Mississippi State to keep quarterback Michael Henig healthy Thursday against Louisiana State. Backup Josh Riddell has been suspended.

Troy Phillips, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: North Texas' Todd Dodge is making the rare jump from high school to Division I-A. Reaction to Dodge's hiring has ranged from respectful to lukewarm to downright ambivalence among Sun Belt coaches.

Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: The Iowa-Northern Illinois game at Soldier Field in Chicago is a big financial winner, with each team getting at least a $1 million payout for the nonconference game.

Ed Barkowitz, Philadelphia Daily News: Here are 50 things you didn't know about college football.

Brian Bennett and Alex Davis, Louisville Courier-Journal: The pizza business must be good. Louisville received a $10 million pledge toward stadium expansion from Papa John's International, its founder, John Schnatter, and his wife, Annette. It was the largest gift ever bestowed upon the school's athletic department.

Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: Louisiana State may have Mike VI, a new Bengal tiger mascot, in his habitat across the street from Tiger Stadium by the Sept. 8 home opener.

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: When Sam Houston State opens Thursday against Angelo State, the Bearkats' quarterback, Rhett Bomar, can finally begin a new chapter in his life. No more talk about Oklahoma, NCAA violations or Big Red Sports/Imports.

Michael Murphy, Houston Chronicle: Houston will honor its scholarship to Jerrod Butler, the offensive lineman whose playing career is over after he suffered cardiac arrest during a workout.

Pitchfork Nation: How about an Arizona State-Miami game to start the 2008 season?

The Quad, New York Times: It's first and 10 for the Times, which enters the college football blogosphere.

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