Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Georgia Sports Blog: Georgia fans are taking advantage of a promotion where fans can purchase season tickets to Arizona State games for only $99. The cost of a ticket to the Bulldog-Sun Devil game in Tempe is $55 and many Georgia fans, fearing they won't be able to get a ticket, have decided to purchase the $99 season ticket.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Something called Big & Rich will tape a concert intro for ESPN's "College GameDay" on Tuesday in Tampa.

John Lantigua, Palm Beach Post: The demolition of the Orange Bowl is nearing completion, memories being hauled away bit by bit, bin by bin, truck by truck.

Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: There appears to be interest in Hawaii and Alabama scheduling a home-and-home series.

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: A look at the top 2009 draft prospects in the Pacific 10. USC's defense could produce two top-10 picks and four top-20 selections next April.

Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson junior middle linebacker Cortney Vincent will not be reinstated to the team for the 2008 season. That means the Tigers will have to replace all three of their starting linebackers from a year ago.

Kyle Tucker, Virginian-Pilot: Virginia Tech has rescinded a scholarship offer to quarterback Pete Rose, who was arrested last week on drug charges.

Maurice Patton, Tennessean: Vanderbilt is betting that facility upgrades will boost fan interest.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: Race remains a volatile sports topic.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State's Preston Parker pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession. The plea deal will allow the Seminoles' best player to return to the team after a two-game suspension. The games he will miss, of course, are against Western Carolina and always tough Chattanooga.

Jerry Hill, Waco Tribune: Former Baylor player Kyle Woods, left paralyzed in a 1979 practice accident, is getting a new disability-friendly home, thanks to fundraising efforts of a committee headed by former Bear coach Grant Teaff.

Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: There used to be a simple charm to watching sports on TV. The simplicity that accompanied a game now has been replaced with television booths where the analyst and play-by-play person argue more, talk louder and interject less game action than ever before.

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