Thursday, May 01, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Doug Segrest, Birmingham News: A judge overturned the $5 million jury verdict awarded to former Alabama booster Ray Keller for defamation and invasion of privacy by the NCAA. Keller was labeled as one of the "rogue boosters" and "parasites" in the NCAA's findings of illegal recruiting by the Crimson Tide program.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: William Floyd, a former Florida State fullback, replaces Peter Tom Willis on Seminole radio broadcasts. The firing of Willis was in part supported by Bobby Bowden, who was upset about some of Willis' comments, especially the one delivered during the 2005 Florida State-Clemson game in which he referred to Jeff Bowden's offense as a "high school offense."

Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Quarterback Ben Mauk says his fight to get a sixth year of eligibility is not over. Although the NCAA said no to his request on Wednesday, he will now plead his case to the Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee.

David Ramsey, Colorado Springs Gazette: Is scheduling the Southern Utah Thunderbirds really the best way to build up the Air Force Falcons?

B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News: Colorado State and Colorado finalized plans to move their game to Aug. 31, a Sunday, to accommodate Denver fire and police personnel who could be overextended by the Democratic National Convention, to be held in the city the previous week.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: Unless San Diego State can accelerate the aging process by a year over the course of the next four months, its offense may find the end zone harder to locate than Waldo in downtown New Delhi.

Paul Buker, Oregonian: Oregon State president Ed Ray told the Beavers to ignore the "knuckleheads" in the media.

Bruins Nation: Why watching a game at the Rose Bowl is one of the most uncomfortable experiences known to man.

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