Thursday, May 08, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette: Potential problem for Florida State coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher. West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong said in a deposition for the school's lawsuit against Rich Rodriguez that "following Rich's official resignation I had telephone conversations with Jimbo Fisher.'' T.K. Wetherell, FSU's president, said at the time that Fisher's contract stipulates he can't even talk to other schools about a job.

Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: The Atlantic Coast Conference is playing 23 of its 48 nonleague games (47.9%) against Bowl Championship Series opponents. The Pacific 10 is second at 45.2%. Then comes the Big East (39%), the Big 12 and Southeastern (31%) and the Big Ten (29.5%).

Howie Stalwick, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Xavier Hicks, Washington State's projected starter at free safety, has been sentenced to 45 days in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree theft and third-degree attempted assault. Hicks pleaded guilty to stealing a credit card and pouring rubbing alcohol on the contact lenses of then-teammate and roommate Grady Maxwell.

Jim Moore, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The arrest of defensive tackle Andy Roof is possibly the most embarrassing development of them all at Washington State.

Lisa Kennelly, Newark Star-Ledger: If you're considering one of the new club and loge box seats at Rutgers Stadium, get ready to pay. The bill will run more than $3,000 for one of 852 club seats and more than $17,000 for one of 28 four-seat loge boxes.

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The average attendance for spring games staged by BCS teams was 19,631. Nebraska was the "winner" with a crowd of 80,149 — the second-highest attendance on record for a spring game behind Alabama's 92,138 in 2007. With a chart of attendance for all spring games by BCS teams.

The Chattanoogan: A man is facing an obscenity charge after displaying a sign reading "F--- you, Fulmer" on his car in Signal Mountain, Tenn. The sign apparently does not refer to the Tennessee coach, but to a Signal Mountain police officer named Fulmer.

Pete Pelegrin, Miami Herald: Florida International was slapped with an extra year of probation by the NCAA for numerous violations by 12 Golden Panther teams. The football team will have to forfeit three scholarships.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: The staggering turnover of players continues at Florida State. Starting left tackle Daron Rose has been ruled academically ineligible, meaning 25 players from last season's roster are no longer with the team.

Bob Tompkins, Shreveport Times: Louisiana State coach Les Miles said it's "way premature" for him to give the nod to either Andrew Hatch or Jarrett Lee as the likely starting quarterback this fall.

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Oklahoma is installing a state-of-the-art, $4.5 million high-definition video screen at Memorial Stadium. The new board (3,689 square feet) is expected to be among the five largest in the nation. The others: Texas (7,370), Nebraska (4012), Texas A&M (3,869) and Arkansas (3,210).

Eric Bailey, Tulsa World: Former Texas quarterback G.J. Kinne will transfer to Tulsa, choosing the Hurricane over offers from UCLA, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech.


TB said...

Yeah, Nebraska won. Most bored people in the country.

Anonymous said...

Minnesota's new scoreboard will only be second to Texas.