Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Terrelle Pryor and his Jeannette High basketball teammates escaped serious punishment for their involvement in a fight after a game Saturday night against North Catholic. Fourteen Jeannette players attended Tuesday's hearing, but not Pryor. In a text message, Pryor said he didn't attend "because I'm not talking to the media. Everyone blames me."

Michael DiRocco, Florida Times-Union: In addition to the $3.25 million annual salary he agreed to last June, Florida's Urban Meyer would receive $3.75 million in retention bonuses until the deal expires after the 2012 season. There's also a buyout clause that would pay Meyer $2 million for each year left on the deal if he were to be fired.

Boi From Troy: The Pacific 10 or the Southeastern Conference? While the SEC has more elite teams, the Pac-10 has no Kentuckys or Vanderbilts. Even Stanford has won the conference within the last decade, and will again.

OmniNerd: Rivals or Scout? Which service does a better job of predicting the success of its five-star recruits? Thanks again to the terrific Get The Picture.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida's home game against Kansas has been moved from Saturday, Sept. 13 to Friday, Sept. 12, and will be televised by ESPN2. The Bulls' game at Central Florida has been moved from Friday, Sept. 5 to Saturday, Sept. 6, and will be televised by ESPN2.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Temple — yes, Temple — will have four of its games available on national television.

Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Missouri, which opened spring drills on Tuesday, has high hopes, with 10 returning starters on defense and Chase Daniels on offense.

Alex Delanian, Newark Star-Ledger: Rutgers started spring drills looking to find a replacement for running back Ray Rice.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's Keanemana "Mana" Silva travels about 200 miles back to his home on the Big Island each weekend to be home with his wife and 8-month-old son.

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