Thursday, February 14, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Brett McMurphy and Ellen Gedalius, Tampa Tribune: A contract giving the Atlantic Coast Conference exclusive rights to Raymond James Stadium the first week of December has forced South Florida to move its planned Dec. 4 game against Rutgers to another date.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii coach Gerg McMackin and Southern Methodist counterpart June Jones have discussed the possibility of scheduling a game. McMackin also said he wants to schedule games against Texas Tech and Utah.

Kevin Trout: Reno Gazette-Journal: It appears that Kevin Hart, the Fernley High lineman who faked his recruiting and then lied about it, won't be charged with any crime.

Tank McNamara: The syndicated comic strip tackles the Rich Rodriguez-West Virginia quarrel. Click here and then keep advancing to the next day to view the series. Thanks to Chill!

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times: USC and the L.A. Coliseum appear to have worked out their differences and a deal to keep Trojan home games in the facility for the next 25 years is all but a done deal.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: He responds to a column by Matt Hayes of the Sporting News. Hayes tries to make a case that the Seattle Times has a vendetta against Rick Neuheisel.

AppFan: Speaking of being called out, the Appalachian State site takes exception to the Wiz's post that stated I-A teams should not play I-AA teams.

Waiting For Next Year: Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports also gets called out for his column detailing the ugly mess called recruiting.

Stewart Mandel, Appalachian State associate athletic director says Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech all declined offers to play the Mountaineers.

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Three players who withdrew their commitments from Arizona and signed with Arizona State and have taken offense with comments made by Wildcat coach Mike Stoops that ASU "has turned into a J.C., and we're a four-year college." Thanks to Mark!

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: The Notre Dame-Baylor game scheduled for the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington in 2012 is now headed to New Orleans.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Tennessee linebacker Dorian Davis and defensive back Antonio Wardlow were dismissed from the team by Phillip Fulmer because of an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Associated Press: Three Indiana players —receiver James Bailey, running back Demetrius McCray and linebacker Darius Johnson — were arrested on misdemeanor charges.

Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: North Texas will pay Miami $150,000 for backing out of a contract to play a nonconference game that was scheduled for Aug. 30.

Rivals: A detailed list of spring football dates. Alabama is the first to start, opening drills on Feb. 24.

And last but not least, the Rick Neuheisel Drinking Game. Thanks to Gutty Little Bruins.

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