Thursday, December 06, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Boise State, which sold more than 20,000 tickets to the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, has sold fewer than 200 tickets to the Hawaii Bowl.

Matt Markey, Toledo Blade: The first great storyline of the Bowl Championship Series title game. Ohio State's coaching staff flew to Baton Rouge last spring and was the guest of Louisiana State coach Les Miles as his team went through workouts.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State president T.K. Wetherell said that the bowl eligibility of some players could be affected by the academic misconduct case that has already involved 23 athletes.

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: California's Jeff Tedford calls the writer after he posted a headline on his blog that said, "Cal lied."

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: A food fight landed Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, a former teammate and a world-class sprinter who played receiver at Louisiana State in jail early Wednesday morning.

Joey Johnston, Tampa Tribune: Tim Tebow for Heisman? There appears to be a backlash against the Florida quarterback because his team lost three games.

Brittany Anas, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado will pay two alleged rape victims $2.85 million to settle their Title IX lawsuit against the school. The women claim the university fostered an environment that led to their rapes by football players and recruits during an alcohol-fueled off-campus party in December 2001.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego coach Chuck Long contends his 4-8 team made progress, but inexperience and huge holes in the lineup portend more tough times in 2008.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Results have been mixed for NFL coaches who return to the college game.

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: Two Texas A&M players were arrested in connection with an alleged armed robbery that occurred at an off-campus apartment complex Nov. 29.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State defensive tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Navorro Bowman were bound over for trial in connection with an on-campus fight in October.

Tom Witosky, Des Moines Register: How much does a coaching search cost? Iowa State spent about $80,000 last year before it selected Gene Chizik.

Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: After Kirk Ferentz's name was floated as a candidate at Michigan, rival coaches started contacting Iowa recruits.

Stiff Arm Trophy: The site, which has correctly picked the Heisman winner the past five years, says Tim Tebow wins easily.

Heisman Pundit: It's never too early to look ahead. Who has the best chance of winning the 2008 Heisman? Tim Tebow is not on the list.

Charlie Cunningham, Kellen Henry and Ry Rivard, The Daily Athenaeum: Tough weekend all around for West Virginia. The student body president resigned after being arrested for driving under the influence. Thanks to UWire.

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