Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: The Mid-American Conference acknowledged that its officials blew the call when a touchdown reception by Temple receiver Bruce Francis was disallowed with 40 seconds remaining in the team's 22-17 loss to Connecticut.

Bruce Cadwallader, Columbus Dispatch: Antonio Henton has been suspended by Ohio State's Jim Tressel after the backup quarterback was charged with soliciting a prostitute. He has pleaded not guilty.

Associated Press: The Southeastern Conference has told Arkansas that former running backs coach Danny Nutt, who was spotted last Saturday in the Razorback coaching booth with headphones on, should not be in the booth or near the team bench during games.

Bryan Strickland, Durham Herald-Sun: If you're a Duke student reading this, the football team is having auditions for a kicker.

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star: Purdue coach Joe Tiller played nice, but the reality is that Notre Dame scares no one.

Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska linebacker Corey McKeon: "This isn't a down year for Nebraska. We're 3-1 and people are looking at it like . . . we're Notre Dame, like we're 0-4."

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Hands down, Alabama is the most exciting team in college football.

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: At Air Force, the focus is no longer on games against Navy or Army.

Tom Kensler, Denver Post: Is Oklahoma beatable? "Totally," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said. "Anybody is beatable, and anyone can beat you."

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Johnny Sears, a cornerback who was a starter for Michigan when the season began before being dismissed from the team, might be considering Washington as his next destination.

David Jones, Harrisburg Patriot-News: Here are the options: 1. Blame Paterno. 2. Just live with it. Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.

Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press: A warrant was issued for the arrest of Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham after he failed to appear in court earlier this month on a traffic offense.

Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Texas Christian defensive end Tommy Blake will miss at least two games to take a medical leave of absence.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Boise State, which plays host to Southern Mississippi on Thursday night, is worried it might be a step slow against the Eagles.

Jim Masilak, Commercial Appeal: Meet Reggie Arnold, the best running back from the state of Arkansas you've never heard of.

Brad Rock, Deseret Morning News: How close was O.J. Simpson to attending Utah instead of USC? Turns out, he nearly became the Utes' public relations nightmare.

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