Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Tuscaloosa News: Alabama's Nick Saban and his wife, Terry, were not injured when Saban’s car hit a downed tree.

Joe Rexrode, Lansing State Journal: Five Michigan State players will not play in the Champs Sports Bowl on Friday because of academic ineligibility or a violation of team rules.

James Staley, Albuquerque Tribune: Now that New Mexico has ended a bowl skid dating to 1961, is a Mountain West title the next item on the menu for the Lobos?

Mike Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: For coaches, there's an incentive to win, with bonuses for bowl victories written into contracts.

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: Texas A&M and Arkansas will each be guaranteed $5 million annually when they begin a nonconference series at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in 2009.

San Antonio Express-News: Texas A&M defensive end Michael Bennett and fullback Jodie Richardson were ruled academically ineligible for the Alamo Bowl.

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech backup defensive tackle Brian Jones plans to skip the Gator Bowl and won't return for his senior season because he earned a degree in three years.

Kalani Takase, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii will take a party of 542 to the Sugar Bowl, but still expects to turn a profit of $2 million from its trip.

Brett Dawson, Louisville Courier-Journal: A Kentucky student by the name of Rich Brooks gets a lot of email addressed to the school's football coach.

SportsBusiness Journal: A look at what players will receive in bowl gifts.

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