Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Michael Klitzing, North County Times: As expected, San Diego State has postponed Saturday's game against Brigham Young until Dec. 1 because of the impact of wildfires in the region.

850 The Blog: About those rumors of North Carolina's Butch Davis going to Arkansas. ...

Craig Smith, Seattle Times: Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk isn't quite ready to wash his hands of Bill Doba.

Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News: Five Alabama players suspended for "impermissible receipt of textbooks" will practice with the team, Nick Saban says. Plus, facts, questions and answers regarding the inquiry. Note: Ball State just got two years probation from the NCAA for misuse of its textbook loan program.

Brandon George, Dallas Morning News: Is Texas Tech's Mike Leach not a fan of the punt, or is he trying to keep his shaky defense off the field?

John Helsley, Oklahoman: The Big 12 Conference maintains a working relationship with a Las Vegas firm that monitors betting trends.

Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: Louisiana State's Glenn Dorsey did not practice Tuesday because of a knee sprain suffered from a chop block by Auburn's Chaz Ramsey.

Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Boston College might be No. 2 in the BCS, but in Beantown, it can't crack the top two.

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel: Any fan with an ounce of decency doesn't want to see Bobby Bowden go out like this, so it's time for Bowden to retire.

Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register: A prickly Kirk Ferentz says he won't fire Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe.

Brian Cook, AOL Fanhouse: Is the Big Ten Network eating into cable's bottom line?

Stan Hockman, Philadelphia Daily News: Three new books dealing with Penn State and Joe Paterno have hit the market.

Centre Daily Times: Paternoville is back! Student campers are taking up residence outside Beaver Stadium for Saturday's game against Ohio State.

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Desperate times for desperate men. Minnesota's Tim Brewster will start three true freshmen in the secondary Saturday at Michigan. The Wolverines are 24-point favorites at the moment.

Doug Robinson, Deseret Morning News: Parity is good for one thing. It causes woes for the Bowl Championship Series.

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