Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: Louisiana State coach Les Miles told reporters at his press luncheon that they better take his and nobody else's word on injuries because that will help "your team."

Tania Ganguli, Orlando Sentinel: NCAA honcho Myles Brand discusses the Big Ten Network, possible conference realignment, the possibility of a playoff, the NCAA's tax-free status and background checks on officials.

Ed Miller, Virginian-Pilot: Virginia's Al Groh disputed a report that a call from someone watching video in the press box prompted him to ask for a replay challenge of a field goal in Saturday's 22-20 victory against North Carolina.

Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson's Tommy Bowden telephoned Michigan counterpart Lloyd Carr to clarify comments perceived as jabs by several media outlets.

Aaron Gould Sheinin, Columbia State: Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has likely lost any hope of support from South Carolina fans.

Tom Murphy, Northwest Arkansas Times: Arkansas' Ernest Mitchell has been suspended for Saturday’s game against Kentucky after Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive decided the defensive lineman's reaction to being slammed to the ground several times by an Alabama lineman was an act of fighting.

Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times: UCLA quarterback Ben Olson is suffering from headaches and hasn't been cleared to play against Washington.

Ryan Callahan, Tennessean: Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe said he called too many pass plays against Florida.

James Kaneshiro, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan plans to play Saturday against Charleston Southern.

Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Running back James Henry became the seventh player in four months to be suspended by Texas coach Mack Brown.

Brian Steele, Orlando Sentinel: Hot, new seller in Gainesville: A Tim Tebow T-shirt that says, "He15man."

Louisville Courier-Journal: You can blame ESPN for Louisville playing during Yom Kippur.

Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has instituted a 10 p.m. curfew from the downtown bar area and a midnight bed check.

Manny Navarro and Mike McCall, Miami Herald: Randy Shannon said he has received calls from five freshmen from other teams inquiring about transferring to Miami.

Marcus Nelson, Palm Beach Post: Howard Schnellenberger needs to start the fund-raising effort now that Florida Atlantic's Board of Trustees voted to proceed with a plan to build a 30,000-seat on-campus stadium.

Phil Steele: Projected wins and losses for teams for the remaining of the season.

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