Thursday, April 10, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Tim May, Columbus Dispatch: Former Michigan offensive lineman Justin Boren visited an Ohio State practice, fueling speculation that he might be near a decision on whether he intends to become a Buckeye.

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Former Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly ripped into the Sooner coaching staff after a disappointing time in the 40 before NFL scouts. "Certain people have tried to hold me down, and they know who they are," he said. Video link. Thanks to Globber Country.

Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: How did Mario Manningham, who told NFL executives in a letter that he failed two tests for marijuana while at Michigan, according to Pro Football Weekly, continue to play for the Wolverines?

J. Brady McCollough, Kansas City Star: Nate D'Cunha, a native of Sydney, Australia, and a former rugby player, is trying to earn a spot on Kansas' offensive line.

Eric Lacy, Detroit News: The top five clich├ęs heard from college coaches during spring practices.

Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: Safety Munir Prince discusses his decision to transfer from Notre Dame to Missouri.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Allan Evridge is leading the battle to become Wisconsin's starting quarterback, but the Kansas State transfer's hold on the job is being challenged by Dustin Sherer.

Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: Financial problems at Colorado State. The athletic department needs an additional $2.4 million in assistance from the school's general fund for the upcoming fiscal year to make its $21.4 million projected budget.

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Eric Herbort and Shea Smith are expected to battle into fall camp to become Air Force's starting quarterback.

Rick Scoppe, Greenville News: South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook, who started nine games a year ago, is likely out for the rest of spring practice because of a cracked a bone in his thumb.

Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist coach June Jones answered questions during an online chat.

Patrick Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Not so special teams. Arizona hasn't returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Sept. 3, 1998.

Toledo Blade: Wyoming and Toledo will play a home-and-home series beginning in 2010.

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