Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Bucky Gleason, Buffalo News: Should Buffalo be worried about losing Turner Gill to Nebraska? Consider this: Tom Osborne was the best man at Gill's wedding.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Time is running out on Joe Paterno, whose contract is set to expire at the end of next season.

Jeff Rice, Centre Daily Times: Penn State players are no longer cleaning out Beaver Stadium after games.

Jim Benton, Rocky Mountain News: Is Air Force considering leaving the Mountain West Conference and become an independent? Falcon coach Troy Calhoun has floated the idea.

Dave Curtis, Orlando Sentinel: A way to make the Bowl Championship Series more equitable.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Win or lose Saturday at Alabama, Louisiana State fans are still stuck with Les Miles. At least for now.

Scott Cacciola, Commercial Appeal: Mississippi athletic director Pete Boone has given Madman Ed Orgeron a vote of confidence. "I think next year is going to be a banner year," Boone said.

Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: The rarest of headlines: Bowl bid on Temple's far horizon.

Pat Harty, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Iowa receiver Dominique Douglas, charged in August with unlawful use of a credit card and then pictured in series of embarrassing Facebook photos, has been charged with a theft-related offense.

Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News: Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett acknowledged that he was busy shopping during the Aggies' game at Nebraska, a trip he missed because of injury.

Marisa Schultz, Detroit News: Millions of dollars in federal financial aid to needy students at Michigan may be in jeopardy because the university continues to discriminate against wheelchair users at its football stadium, according to the federal government.

Patrick Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona continues to have the worst graduation rate for athletes in the Pacific 10.

Howie Stalwick, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: UCLA players and Los Angeles-based media made the Bruins' trip to Pullman to play Washington State sound only slightly less challenging than the Bataan Death March.

Associated Press: Attention Big Ten Network and Comcast: A bill in the Wisconsin Legislature would establish an arbitration system to settle disputes between the sports networks and cable companies.

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