Thursday, December 27, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's June Jones says he has no interest in the opening at Southern Methodist. "I'm just interested in the University of Georgia," he said.

Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: Temple coach Al Golden announced he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant job at UCLA.

Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia's Mark Richt has barred his 21-year-old players from the Harrah's Casino in New Orleans, site of the Sugar Bowl.

Jeff D'Alessio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Here are five things Erin Andrews can't live without.

Zach Silka, Toledo Blade: Michigan freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett, who doesn't seem like a fit to new coach Rich Rodriguez's offense, said he would like to remain a Wolverine.

Chip Brown, Dallas Morning News: Interesting Holiday Bowl news conference, with Arizona State's Dennis Erickson trying to joke with Texas' Mack Brown about Colt McCoy's 18 interceptions: "And don't give me the color-blind deal with the quarterback as to why he throws so many interceptions. Please."

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Oklahoma's Bob Stoops confirmed that defensive back Lendy Holmes is academically ineligible for the Fiesta Bowl.

Mel Bracht, Oklahoman: As Pat Haden prepares to broadcast the Fiesta Bowl, he thinks college football would be better off without the Bowl Championship Series.

Berry Tramel, Oklahoma: In an odd arrangement, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will spend the week sharing a city — Phoenix — while awaiting bowl games.

Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press: Michigan's Mike Hart, whose "little brother" comment riled up Michigan State, had a face-to-face encounter with Spartan players during a Day for Kids Festival for the Orlando bowl participants.

Tom Kensler, Denver Post: Colorado's charter flight from Denver to Shreveport was delayed by mechanical troubles and the team missed an Independence Bowl welcoming party. Darn!

Tom Kubat, Lafayette Journal & Courier: If you had over 100 in the Motor City Bowl, you lost. Purdue beat Central Michigan, 51-48.

Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Five defensive players, including one starter, will miss Penn State's Alamo Bowl game against Texas A&M.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli blew off the media and went to Sea World in San Antonio.

Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News: Texas A&M sophomore tailback Mike Goodson said he has no intention to transfer to Louisiana State.

Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: The Cotton Bowl-bound Missouri Tigers noticed an upgrade from the slightly less grand accommodations at the Sun Bowl and the Independence Bowl.

Lee Hermiston, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Suspended Iowa player Anthony Bowman, charged with unauthorized use of a credit card, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

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