Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star: The NCAA has agreed to a $218 million fund for athletes over six years and to allow schools to give athletes year-round health insurance as part of a settlement of an antitrust suit.

Nick Perry and Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times: Some players on Washington's 2000 team took academics seriously. Others did not. "I was a football major," offensive lineman Rock Nelson says. "Class was not important to me."

Matthew Futterman, Newark Star-Ledger: Rutgers officials have approved a controversial plan to start a $102-million stadium expansion before securing all the money needed to complete it.

FanBlogs: Which teams have the most returning starters for 2008? Here's a look.

Ron Maly: Alleged quotes from gridiron giants of the past and present. Our favorite, from Alex Karras: "I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms — Truman's and Eisenhower's."

Maya Srikrishnan, Daily Texan: Texas coach Mack Brown made his first appearance at a Faculty Council meeting, answering questions about the football team's 42% graduation rate, the lowest in the Big 12. Thanks to Ben Maller.

Brian Dohn, L.A. Daily News: UCLA got a commitment from junior college quarterback Kevin Craft. Another quarterback, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, is transferring to Sacramento State.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: "Coach in waiting." It's the latest fad in college athletics. And it's too bad.

Chadd Cripe and Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Boise State receiver Jeremy Childs has been suspended from school for this semester because of plagiarism, but could return this summer for his junior year, according to his brother.

Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Michigan's Rich Rodriguez will be in the stands to watch Terrelle Pryor play basketball Saturday night in what is expected to be the last recruiting pitches the coaches can make for the hotshot prep quarterback.

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: The NCAA has granted Oklahoma defensive end John Williams a sixth season of eligibility.

Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Tony Temple, who ran for 281 yards and four touchdowns in Missouri's Cotton Bowl victory over Arkansas, has dropped an appeal for another year of college eligibility and will enter the NFL draft.

Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Details of Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly's new contract were released. He gets a bump in pay from $800,000 to $1.2 million.

J. Brady McCollough, Kansas City Star: Kansas coach Mark Mangino reportedly was out of the hospital and back at work on Tuesday.

Doug Segrest and Daniel Blank, Birmingham News: The son of Major Ogilvie, an All-Southeastern Conference running back who played on two Alabama national championship teams, plans to follow his father's footsteps as a walk-on at Tuscaloosa.

Julie Straw, WLBT: Jared Foster, a quarterback who enrolled at Mississippi earlier this month, was arrested and charged with selling steroids. He was dismissed from the team. Thanks to EDSBS.

Bryan Strickland, Durham Herald-Sun: David Cutcliffe must be turning it around at Duke. Receivers Eron Riley and Austin Kelly face misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident late Friday night.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: A police probe has cleared Tennessee offensive lineman Anthony Parker of a misdemeanor charge.

Seattle Times: Washington State starting defensive tackle A'I Ahmu was arrested and ticketed for a misdemeanor alcohol offense Saturday night on campus, according to Pullman police.

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