Thursday, December 20, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Justin D. Anderson, Charleston Daily Mail: A Charleston radio personality was suspended from his job for refusing to tone down his on-air excitement over Rich Rodriguez's decision to take the Michigan job. After playing the Wolverines' fight song for a fourth time, Coach Kidd, a Michigan native, was yanked off the air.

Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times: Temple coach Al Golden, 38, was at UCLA to interview with Chancellor Gene Block about the Bruins' coaching job on Wednesday, sources familiar with the search said.

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: Despite a struggling economy, several non-Bowl Championship Series games are reporting brisk business as the postseason begins.

Justin Lawson, Reno Gazette-Journal: Get this: As of earlier this week, Nevada had sold only 95 of its 6,000 allotted tickets to Saturday's New Mexico Bowl.

Andy Staples, Tampa Tribune: Misdemeanor battery charges against Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham were dismissed after investigators determined the sophomore had no part in an alleged altercation with a Gainesville sandwich-shop employee.

Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Interim no more. Tom Osborne is now Nebraska's athletic director, period.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Trooper Taylor, Tennessee's receivers and assistant head coach, accepted a co-offensive coordinator position at Oklahoma State.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: Steve Spurrier hired Atlanta Falcons linebackers coach Brian VanGorder to be South Carolina's new defensive coordinator. Tight ends coach Fred Chatham was fired.

Doug Crise, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Paul Petrino's hiring as Arkansas' offensive coordinator does not clash with state and university nepotism policies, officials said.

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: A back-and-forth conversation between the Journal-World and a man claiming to be Neil Cornrich, the agent for Kansas' Mark Mangino, was a hoax and the paper has issued an apology for misleading any readers.

Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! have agreed to pay millions in fines, cooperate with investigators and stop accepting ads for online gambling, part of a $31.5 million settlement.

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