Geoffrey Gaurano and Jenna Skoller, Michigan Daily: Kill the messenger: Several Michigan athletes interviewed for the first story in the Ann Arbor News' recent four-day series "Academics and Athletics" say the paper's reporters misled them about the topic of the series and how they would be portrayed in it.
Adam Rose, All Things Trojan: About those phony 40-yard dash times. Chauncey Washington just ran 4.35 seconds at USC's pro day. If that's true, Washington shouldn't be entering the NFL draft — he should be entering the Beijing Olympics. The fastest time ever clocked on a track is 4.38.
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: It appears everything is under control in South Bend. "Sometimes a fight isn’t a bad thing," Crewcut Charlie Weis proclaimed as Notre Dame's spring practice sessions hit the halfway point.
Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota and Learfield Communications agreed to a 15-year contract extension worth $112 million that will give the company exclusive rights to sales of signs and corporate sponsorships at the new Golden Gophers stadium.
Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier-Journal: Louisville's defense, despite not having three potential starters for a scrimmage, continued to struggle to contain runs on the outside, cover receivers and pressure the quarterback.
Phil Kornblut, Columbia State: In addition to his stop at Florida, former California running back James Montgomery has visited South Carolina.
Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee: Fresno State defensive end Kenny Borg, who was in contention for a starting spot, will miss the 2008 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a noncontact drill.
Barry Jackson, Miami Herald: Miami's 13-year streak of producing at least one first-round pick in the NFL draft is in jeopardy.
Lindsay Jones, Palm Beach Post: Florida receiver Percy Harvin will undergo surgery to repair an injury to his right heel. He is expected to be back for summer conditioning in June.
Rick Scoppe, Greenville News: Steve Spurrier, who turns 63 on April 20, says he wants to coach another four or five years.
Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews says his unit needs to be better than pretty good. "Pretty good will get you back up in Nashville or get you out on the West Coast and that's the wrong kind of bowl we're trying to go to," Andrews said in reference to recent trips to the Music City and Emerald bowls.
Dallas Morning News: Gary Joe Kinne, who was shot by a disgruntled parent three years ago as a prep coach, and his son, Texas quarterback G.J. Kinne, are changing addresses. The father is leaving Baylor's staff for a high school job in Fresno. His son will transfer from Texas.
Eric Petersen, Cedar Rapids Gazette: John Cooper returned to Iowa State for a coaches clinic, 30 years after he played for and then helped coach the Cyclones.
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