Friday, March 28, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Representatives of June Jones are claiming the coach had a verbal agreement to be let out of his contract with Hawaii without a financial penalty. Hawaii says he owes the school $400,008.

Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: More trouble at Notre Dame. The women's basketball team had Crewcut Charlie Weis' players work out with the team. Rumor has it the women won the scrimmage game.

Mike Perrin, Birmingham News: Former Alabama center Roger Shultz is still going strong on the reality television show "The Biggest Loser: Couples." His new problem is that he no longer has a job.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Rich Rodriguez might not be the only coach bringing the spread-option offense to the Big Ten in 2008. Bret Bielema is talking about adding elements of it to complement Wisconsin's base offense.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It says here that the Southeastern Conference is second to none when it comes to football.

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: It will cost Oklahoma $436,724 for air charter services to road games this fall. A separate deal to fly the band to Seattle for the Sooners' game against Washington will cost $148,504.

Dirk Facer, Deseret Morning News: Utah is getting new uniforms. It's part of the supplier switch from Nike to UnderArmour.

Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State will suffer a reduction of six scholarships over the next two seasons because of a fourth consecutive year of poor Academic Progress Rates. Thanks to Mike.

Brandon George, Dallas Morning News: The NCAA has granted a waiver filed by Texas Tech on behalf of defensive tackle Chris Perry, making the former Miami Hurricane immediately eligible to participate in the fall.

Columbus Dispatch: We'd like to see more of this. Ohio State and Tennessee have agreed to a home-and-home series. Unfortunately, it won't start until 2018. Thanks to Trent.

Bob Holt, Northwest Arkansas Times: The Arkansas-Louisiana State game will be played on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the 13th year in a row.

Alex Symonds, Daily Illini: Illinois' Ron Zook: “Everyone is predicting that the University of Illinois will come back down to earth this year and [last season] was kind of a fluke, it was a hit-and-miss, and honestly, as a coaching staff, we take that as a challenge."

Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star: Indiana is installing a no-huddle offense during spring drills.

Dan Collins, Winston-Salem Journal: Wake Forest offensive guard Chris DeGeare, who started nine games last season, has been ruled academically ineligible for 2008.

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