Sunday, May 11, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Joe Paterno snapped when answering questions about off-the-field issues at a Nittany Lion Club fund-raiser. "I'm sick and tired of talking about this, that and the other thing, to be very frank with you," he said. "We got a tough schedule, a good football team, and we're going to have a lot of fun and you guys all should be excited!" He then slammed his fist down on the table. "Right?!" Paterno squealed.

Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun: Florida safety Jamar Hornsby was kicked off the team after he was charged with credit card theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. The card belonged to a Florida student who died in an October 2007 motorcycle accident that also claimed the life of a walk-on defensive back.

Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press: What Charlie Weis said about Michigan was not a big deal. But if any Irish player said that, Weis would be furious. He has fostered a contentious relationship with the media — essentially, he doesn’t trust us, and doesn’t trust his players to talk to us. The only voice in South Bend is Crewcut Charlie’s.

Detroit Free Press: Appalachian State, which pulled a shocking 34-32 upset last season at Michigan, is getting calls from Big Ten teams looking for the secrets of beating the Wolverines.

Kyle Hightower, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida cornerback Johnell Neal was injured in a shooting in his hometown of Baton Rouge.

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: San Jose State is considering installing artificial turf in Spartan Stadium in time for the 2009 season.

Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Sophomore quarterback Keith Nichol, who was No. 3 on the depth chart at Oklahoma, is transferring, with Michigan State and Michigan on his list possible teams.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: Although not one "student-athlete" was among the 96 people arrested in a drug bust on campus, the fallout could damage coach Chuck Long's ability to recruit at San Diego State.

Lee Hermiston, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Search warrants used to investigate an alleged sexual assault possibly involving Iowa players last October have been sealed for an additional 60 days.

Associated Press: More teams are adopting policies against fans scattering the ashes of loved ones on the home turf.

Tuscaloosa News: Alabama freshman receiver A.J. Walker, 19, was charged with public intoxication.

Smoking Trees in Belize: The ugliest uniforms in college football belong to. ... hey, where are those Oregon unis?

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