Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Adam Smeltz, Centre Daily Times: Yet another controversy for Joe Paterno. Disciplinary action against six Penn State players outlined by the coach in a memo to university president Graham Spanier has gone unfulfilled. Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.

Steve Campbell, Houston Chronicle: Possible successors to the soon-to-be-fired Dennis Franchione include Tommy Tuberville, Jeff Tedford, Rich Rodriguez and Bo Pelini.

Ray Melick, Birmingham News: Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings, a member of the Texas A&M Board of Regents, could have a big say in who the Aggies hire to replace Franchione.

T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times: UCLA didn't get it right when it hired Karl Dorrell, which wasn't his fault. Now it will probably goof again and fire him for things again out of his control.

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona president Robert Shelton said coach Mike Stoops and athletic director Jim Livengood will return next year.

Fred Girard, Detroit News: Legal proceedings against three Michigan State players charged with 15-year felonies have been put off until next January — just after bowl season — and officials have refused to release their arrest records, normally considered open under Michigan court precedents.

Dave Dye, Detroit News: Michigan State's coaches and players remained extremely offended and irked by a "little brother" comment made by Michigan running back Mike Hart after the Wolverines' 28-24 victory Saturday.

Christopher Walsh, Tuscaloosa News: Two former Alabama coaches have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court and asked for it to consider an appeal of several aspects of the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling which gutted most of their case against the NCAA and recruiting analyst Tom Culpepper.

Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: The NAACP will be in Denton later in the week to take statements from North Texas players who claim the Mean Green's coaching staff is racially biased.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Representatives of the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange bowls are making arrangements to scout Hawaii later this month.

Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State is working on a home-and-home series with Army and Navy. The Cowboys already have a series scheduled with Air Force.

Brandon George, Dallas Morning News: Shannon Woods, the Big 12 all-purpose yardage leader last season, has been demoted to the scout team by Texas Tech's Mike Leach and the junior won't play in the last two regular-season games against Texas and Oklahoma.

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