Monday, September 24, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: A day after a 49-45 loss at Oklahoma State, Texas Tech defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich resigned under pressure. Athletic director Gerald Myers said coach Mike Leach moved to make the change. Thanks to Jason!

Marc Isenberg, Money Players: Why Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was wrong in criticizing Oklahoman reporter Jenni Carlson.

Dick Weiss, New York Daily News: Gundy owes Carlson an apology for his outrageous behavior. And Oklahoma State needs to review whether this is someone it wants representing its school.

Pete Thamel, New York Times: In the Bluegrass State, they have a football program that no longer has the blues.

Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Up is down and down is up. Then there is UCLA.

Chris Echegaray, Tampa Tribune: Fans were camped out Sunday night for a chance at tickets for South Florida's game Friday against West Virginia.

Carl DuBois, Baton Rouge Advocate: Are Louisiana State fans losing interest, or is it the opponent? The Tigers' allotment of tickets for Saturday's game at Tulane is 9,000 tickets from being sold out.

Rick Scoppe, Greenville News: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is benching quarterback Blake Mitchell in favor of Chris Smelley.

John Henderson, Denver Post: A new low for Nebraska's defense, which gave up at least 40 points in consecutive home games for the first time in Memorial Stadium's 85-year history.

Associated Press: A Fort Lewis College trustee has accused the athletic department of "pigskin prostitution" for scheduling a game against the much larger University of Montana, resulting in a 49-0 drubbing after a 17-hour bus ride.

Michael Biesecker, Raleigh News & Observer: Future games between bitter rivals N.C. Central University and N.C. A&T State are in doubt after players and coaches clashed in a benches-clearing brawl Saturday night.

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