Saturday, December 22, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Brian Dohn, Los Angeles Daily News: After a 24-hour romance with Oregon's Mike Bellotti proved to be nothing more than a one-night fling, UCLA took a deep breath to refocus its coaching search, and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel moved back to the forefront, according to sources.

Matthew Thompson, Charleston Daily Mail: A morning radio host who was suspended for playing the Michigan fight song over and over has returned to work, and he let upset West Virginia fans pelt him with eggs as penance.

Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Rich Rodriguez has retained only one member of Lloyd Carr's staff, running backs coach Fred Jackson.

Howard Burns: More on how the Lawrence Journal-World & News became the victim of a hoax when a man claiming to be the agent for Mark Mangino said the Kansas coach was "in contract negotiations" with West Virginia.

Jesse James Deconto, Raleigh News & Observer: Police are looking into what role alcohol may have played in a bizarre alleged sexual assault against three North Carolina players, one of whom is not yet 21.

Associated Press: Bobby Reid, the backup quarterback defended by Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy during a now-famous rant, may not play for the Cowboys next season, according to the coach.

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Birmingham is trying to get the locals fired up for today's Pizza Bowl. Thanks to Wayne!

Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence appears to be at the top of the list to take the vacant offensive coordinator's post at Tennessee.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Six Tennessee players, including three starters, have been ruled academically ineligible to participate in the Outback Bowl against Wisconsin.

Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: Florida Atlantic's 44-27 victory in the New Orleans Bowl was the last hurrah, perhaps, in the extraordinary career of 73-year-old Howard Schnellenberger.

Pete Bosak, Centre Daily Times: The Centre County District Attorney's Office refiled felony aggravated assault charges against two Penn State players, arguing that a district judge made legal errors when he dismissed the counts at a preliminary hearing earlier in the month.

Bob Thomas, Florida Times-Union: Florida State said it doesn't have a deal in place to play its Sept. 27, 2008 game against Colorado at Jacksonville, but it hopes to work out details soon.

Kyle Hightower, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida is trying to solidify its nonconference schedules and move away from the two-for-one and "buy game" situations.

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