Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Derek Kravitz, Columbia Tribune: All-American receiver Jeremy Maclin was driving a 2007 black Nissan Altima that was pulled over by a police early Sunday after an argument involving a gun at a south Columbia apartment complex. Sophomore linebacker Marquis Booker, 20, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and an underage liquor law violation.

Rick Plumlee, Wichita Eagle: Kansas is going to lose two scholarships because of failure to meet NCAA academic standards.

Georgia Sports Blog: Clemson's Tommy Bowden and Texas Tech's Mike Leach top the list of longest-tenured coaches who have not guided their teams to a Bowl Championship Series game.

Bryan Stickland, Durham Herald-Sun: The David Cutcliffe era begins Tuesday at Duke and Blue Devil players better be ready. "My first practice I had at Ole Miss, we had to have 19 players take IVs after the practice," Cutcliffe said.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Former Kentucky and Baylor coach Guy Morriss has found work. He's the new offensive line coach at Kentucky State.

Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly said the athletic department is in the process of investigating the incident that resulted in All-American defensive tackle Terrill Byrd being cited for marijuana use.

Craig Smith, Seattle Times: New Washington State coach Paul Wulff is looking to develop a "team atmosphere" this spring.

Chris Starrs, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia linebacker Marcus Washington is expected to sit out the 2008 season because of a left shoulder injury.

Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Former Colorado linebacker Justin Nonu was the victim of a stun-gun attack while he tried to break up a fight Feb. 16 in an incident that led to the arrest and suspension of current linebacker Lynn Katoa.

Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: Temple, coming off a 4-8 season, must replace only one starter when it begins spring drills on Tuesday.

Mercedes Mayer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Christian begins its spring looking to add a level of toughness. "Our spring ball is probably tougher than most. That's where we get our physicalness," coach Gary Patterson said.

Dave Curtis, Orlando Sentinel: With meaningful basketball games over, Florida, Florida State and Central Florida have turned the focus to football.

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