Thursday, May 15, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Fresno State has turned down an offer to play Wisconsin in 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Instead, the teams will play at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Crewcut Charlie Weis had his name dragged into the New England Patriots' illegal taping practices.

Adam Rittenberg, Big Ten coaches hope to spearhead a proposal that would add a two-week dead period each summer to the NCAA's recruiting calendar.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: Illinois' Ron Zook has found his own way around the "Saban Rule." He is speaking at high school coaching clinics — six in all. "It's one-stop shopping," the Zooker said.

Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: For the first time since it expanded to 12 teams and split into two divisions in 1997, the Mid-American Conference will go by overall league records to decide its divisional championships.

Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: West Virginia quarterback Patrick White has apparently thrown his support behind Barack Obama.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: The bruised relationship between Frank Solich and Nebraska could be on the mend.

Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register: Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said his home was vandalized three times last year after he recommended hiring Kevin Lykins, a Baptist pastor from Texas, as a life skills assistant.

Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa State's preliminary renovation timeline for Jack Trice Stadium was released accidentally to the public.

Frank Dascenzo, Durham Herald-Sun: Nobody should question the number of good players in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But it seems perfectly legitimate to question how many really good teams the league has.

Tim Stephens, Orlando Sentinel: Five years later, remembering the raid of the Big East by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times: USC has reached an agreement to play home games at the L.A. Coliseum for at least the next 25 years.

Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times: Osaar Rasshan will become the third UCLA quarterback to have surgery in the past month. He will have his left knee worked on, but is expected to be ready for fall camp.

Craig Smith, Seattle Times: Xavier Hicks, the Washington State safety who put rubbing alcohol in the contact lens case of former teammate-roommate Grady Maxwell after a dispute over an unpaid cable bill, will be suspended for the first three games of the season.

Terry Bannon, Chicago Tribune: Former Illinois player Jody Ellis pleaded guilty to felony theft in Champaign County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 30 months of probation.

Ryan Autullo, Toledo Blade: Former Bowling Green captain Loren Hargrove and a former Falcon teammate were arrested on felony drug trafficking charges.

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