Sunday, March 09, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Chris Gabel, Reno Gazette-Journal: Mark Hodges, the Fernley High coach at the center of the Kevin Hart recruiting controversy, has resigned. He accepted the the head coaching position at Hermiston High in Oregon.

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The NCAA is fine-tuning its Top Prospects Program, which brings the NCAA face to face with elite recruits before they ever enroll on campus.

Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Quarterback Ben Mauk is taking one more shot at securing another year of eligibility to play at Cincinnati.

Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska offensive lineman Andy Christensen wound up in jail and indefinitely suspended from the team after Lincoln police were called to a bar early Saturday in response to an alleged sexual assault. Christensen allegedly approached a 23-year-old woman from behind and put his hand under her skirt.

Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson's Ray Ray McElrathbey, who made national headlines two years ago for taking custody of his younger brother, has left the team and is on schedule to graduate in August.

Ron Morris, Columbia State: Perhaps South Carolina needs to re-examine the players it recruits. Of this year's class, two have been charged with criminal offenses. One has five criminal charges against him, including three burglary counts related to a string of smash-and-grab incidents at an Atlanta-area rental center. The other has been arrested three times, most recently in August for taking money from teammates’ rooms.

Dick Harmon, Deseret Morning News: Brigham Young is increasingly looking to Texas in its recruiting efforts.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Boise State, which opens spring drills Monday, must find replacements for five of its top six offensive linemen.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin's spring depth chart has a few surprises.

Associated Press: A 12-year-old boy was among those interested in succeeding Rich Rodriguez as West Virginia coach.

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