Friday, March 07, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Phil Kegler, Independent Florida Alligator: The latest plan hatched by Urban Meyer is called the speed challenge. He wants to find the fastest student on campus and have him race footballers Percy Harvin, Deonte Thompson, Louis Murphy and Chris Rainey in the 40-yard dash at the spring game. If the student wins, he would get a full-ride scholarship.

Howard Richman, Kansas City Star: Lawsuits galore at Kansas State, where Ron Prince is being sued by his former agent, who claims the coach owes him $67,500. The university has sued former defensive coordinator Raheem Morris for breach of contract (early resignation). The school says Morris owes it $106,646.

Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Memorial Stadium will undergo an expansion in club seating before the 2009 season, leaving a financial decision for some ticket holders. A minimum donation of $1,500 per seat will be required to keep club seats.

Jimmy Watson, Shreveport Times: Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley, who has no direct experience as an athletic administrator, will add the title of athletic director to his resume in June.

Phil Stukenborg, Commercial Appeal: A 40,000-seat on-campus stadium for Memphis could be built for roughly $120 million and funded by stadium revenues and additional resources such as student fees, capital fundraising, public funding and rent from other events.

Ed McGranahan, Greenville News: The expectations are sky-high for Clemson, which opens spring drills on Saturday.

Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules and will not participate in the start of spring drills.

Stephanie Taylor, Tuscaloosa News: Criminal charges against Alabama captain Rashad Johnson will be dropped if he publicly apologizes to the Tuscaloosa police department, the city attorney said.

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC recruit Maurice Simmons, a linebacker from Compton, was arrested on suspicion of robbery. Bail was set at $50,000.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State's office of judicial affairs cleared suspended defensive tackle Chris Baker of wrongdoing in an October on-campus fight that allegedly involved about a dozen Nittany Lion players. Baker still faces criminal charges in connection with the fight and is awaiting a March 31 trial for his alleged role in an unrelated fight at an off-campus apartment last April.

Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, back from his Caribbean cruise, kicked receiver James Cleveland and backup quarterback Arvell Nelson off the team after they were arrested for drug offenses.

Laurence Miedema, San Jose Mercury News: San Jose State opens spring drills with the bulk of last season's 5-7 team returning.

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