Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: Florida's Tim Tebow, expected to win the Heisman, traded barbs with Hawaii coach June Jones, who said: "My quarterback [Colt Brennan] is the best college football player in America. I did not add Tebow's team has three loses or is not in a BCS game. … The bottom line is I irritated them because they knew I was right. But I did get a whole bunch of emails and calls from Florida State people that said, 'Thanks for finally saying that.' " Plus, a look at how Tebow might do if he were Hawaii's quarterback.

Brian McInnis, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: Bowl Championship Series dollars should make life easier for Hawaii, which hopes to increase its recruiting plateau, previously limited to an amazingly low $50,000.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ranking the bowls. The Sugar is tasty. The Independence is unbearable.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Bowl game? Alabama should quit while it's behind.

M Zone: The dumbest stat in college football: A team's record against ranked opponents.

Scott Cacciola, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Mississippi's Houston Nutt won retain any of Madman Ed Orgeron's assistants.

Boi From Troy: When Arizona State was passed over for a berth in a BCS game, it cost California taxpayers a bundle.

Pete Alfano, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: During the past two decades, it has become evident that Army has fallen significantly behind Navy and Air Force in football.

Dick Harmon, Deseret Morning News: The Las Vegas Bowl had no choice but to arrange a rematch between Brigham Young and UCLA.

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame's Crewcut Charlie Weis says he's too busy with recruiting to address issues within his program.

J.P. Giglio and Lorenzo Perez, Raleigh News & Observer: A look at the ups and downs from the regular season.

Darren Sabedra, San Jose Mercury News: Jim Harbaugh, who vowed to attack his job with "enthusiasm unknown to mankind," has made substantial progress in his first season at Stanford.

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Is California doomed in 2008? The Golden Bears have serious questions at skill positions.

Stack Magazine: The magazine dedicated to high school athletes ranks the leading Division I sports programs based on academics, athletic opportunity and overall performance. Top five: 1. North Carolina; 2. Stanford; 3. Texas; 4. UCLA; 5. Duke. Thanks to Donnie Webb of the Syracuse Post-Standard.

SportsBusiness Journal: A list of the bowl gifts to be given to players.

Ryan Autullo, Toledo Blade: ESPN anchor John Buccigross: "ESPN focuses on ratings. That’s its job. More people care about the Yankees and Red Sox than every other team combined. It’s just the sheer numbers. Greater New York City has 20 million people."

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1 comment:

James H said...

FInebaum should quit bashing Louisiana cities. He did that to Baton Rouge a few weeks ago. I she coming to Shreveport? Yeah I bet he will be acting like he is something