Sunday, February 03, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Jonathan Kealing, Lawrence Journal-World: The Kansas-Missouri game played Nov. 24 at Arrowhead Stadium was a cash cow. Missouri took in about $1,277,000 and Kansas $1,264,000.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina has amended Steve Spurrier's contract to create a tax-deferred retirement plan worth $250,000 a year for the next four years. Spurrier, who turns 63 in April, would forfeit all the retirement money if he leaves USC before Dec. 31, 2011.

Greenville News: Clemson running back C.J. Spiller clocked a blazing 6.58 and won the 60-meter dash at the Carolina Classic.

Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Former Southern Methodist coach Phil Bennett, who was fired with four games remaining during the 2007 season, has accepted the defensive coordinator's job at Pittsburgh.

Fred Girard, Detroit News: Michigan's Rich Rodriguez went on the offense, filing a counter-suit in federal court against his former employer, West Virginia.

Dave Hickman, Charleston Gazette-Mail: How could West Virginia have been so cruel to poor Rich Rod?

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Mark Richt has many fine traits, but his loyalty to Georgia and refusal to look elsewhere rank at the top of the list.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Big Ten Conference teams should be able to start filling in the open dates on their future schedules later this month.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: During recruiting season, coaches sometimes get creative with compliance.

Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Missississippi chancellor Robert Khayat said he thinks Georgia president Michael Adams will rue his outburst last month calling for a college football playoff.

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