Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Mike Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: That didn't take long. University of Georgia President Michael Adams' proposal for a major college football playoff might be dead after the NCAA did not even establish a committee to discuss it.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Former Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman, given a waiver by the NCAA, started classes at Baylor and will be eligible to compete this fall.

Suzanne Halliburton and Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman: Former Texas quarterback and current Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite is set to joining the Longhorn staff.

Mike Perrin, Birmingham News: Two former Alabama players are among contestants on the NBC reality series "The Biggest Loser."

Andy Staples, SI.com: How are coaches getting around the ban on text messaging? Try email.

Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star: Purdue's stealth search for a successor to Joe Tiller is a bad example for promoting diversity among head coaches in college football, according to Floyd Keith, executive director of the Black Coaches and Administrators.

Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press: Ohio State played Louisiana State in New Orleans, Illinois played USC in Pasadena, Michigan played Florida in Orlando, Penn State played Texas A&M in San Antonio. If college football ever adopts a playoff system, the Big Ten had better insist on some home games, or at least games in Big Ten territory.

Kyle Veazey, Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom had his contract extended through 2001.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Boise State and Brigham Young have agreed to a four-game series that will start in 2012.

Jeff Call, Deseret Morning News: Brigham Young, which had an opening in its schedule after Nevada backed out of a game to play Grambling State instead, will now open the 2008 season against Northern Iowa.

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: Former Baylor and Kentucky coach Guy Morriss has turned down an offer to coach a high school team.

Jim Moore, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The disgruntled Washington booster who offered $100,000 to university president Mark Emmert if he would fire Tyrone Willingham is described as a pillar of his community and even helped expose tapes in which Enron traders joked about energy prices.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina tailback Mike Davis could be suspended for the first two games next fall for violating the athletic department’s class attendance policy.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer acted swiftly and then spoke harshly, but he didn't suspend or dismiss either of the two players issued citations for simple possession of marijuana.

Jenni Carlson, Oklahoman: Former Oklahoma State linebacker Chris Collins received a five-year suspended sentence and 10 years probation in his aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

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