Sunday, March 02, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: When it comes to dealing with the media, Nick Saban is a train wreck, a disaster waiting to happen. He's college football's version of Three-Mile Island and Chernobyl all wrapped into one.

Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Saban has been busy "building relationships" with Tuscaloosa police.

Mark Viera, Daily Collegian: Former Penn State defensive tackle Chris Baker, who was arrested twice in 2007 on felony charges in connection with fights: "People just think I'm just a big, black thug. And that's not what I'm like." Thanks to UWire.

Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger: A shakeup of Rutgers staff has secondary coach Chris Demarest submitting his resignation. Demarest was arrested last July after an incident involving him and his girlfriend at a bar. Assault charges were dropped last month after Demarest was treated for anger and stress management.

Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Record-setting Southern Methodist quarterback Justin Willis and safety Bryce Hudman have been suspended from the team by June Jones and will not compete in spring practice. A source said the suspensions were related to academics and missing team functions.

David Hanners, St. Paul Pioneer Press: A judge ruled that a cell phone video and photos that purportedly show part of an alleged sexual attack involving former Minnesota football player Dominic Jones can be used by prosecutors in his upcoming trial.

Jacksonville Times-Union: Florida offensive lineman James Wilson plans to transfer, perhaps to Wake Forest.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington quarterback Jake Locker said he plans to spend part of his summer playing baseball for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.

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