Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Based on what he has seen in the first two weeks, Louisiana State and Oklahoma are headed to the BCS championship game.

Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Joe Paterno is kicking around the idea of reviving the Penn State-Pittsburgh series.

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: A man identifying himself as USC defensive tackle Fili Moala was arrested by police last weekend on suspicion of public intoxication. That came as news to Trojan Coach Pete Carroll. . . and to Fili Moala.

Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger: Rutgers president Richard McCormick issued a formal apology to the U.S. Naval Academy for offensive cheers directed at Navy players during Friday night's game at Rutgers Stadium.

Scott Wright, Oklahoman: Oklahoma had a self-reported secondary NCAA violation removed from its record.

Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News: After 50 games under Dennis Franchione, Texas A&M teeters on mediocrity.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Alabama is sitting pretty right now at 2-0 with a schedule that suddenly looks manageable, while Auburn is slouching toward a bowl game in Shreveport.

Ray Melick, Birmingham News: If Louisiana State fans felt jilted when Nick Saban left Miami for Alabama, imagine the howls of pain if current Tiger coach Les Miles dumps LSU for Michigan at the end of this season.

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: The staff hired by Nick Saban will combine to make more than $2.7 million for their first year at Alabama, including defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and offensive line coach/assistant head coach Joe Pendry each making $350,000.

Carlos Frias, Palm Beach Post: Almost a year later, scars remain from the brawl between Miami and Florida International.

Heather A. Dinich, Baltimore Sun: Maryland defensive tackle Carlos Feliciano on Thursday's game against West Virginia: "I think they think they're going to come in here and have a pretty easy game against us, and we're not going to let that happen."

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: If ever there was a time for Air Force to play Mountain West Conference favorite Texas Christian, Thursday night would seem to be it.

Miami Sports Blog: Is a site taking wagers on Saturday night's big high school game between Miami Northwestern and Southlake Carroll?

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