Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Chip Brown, Dallas Morning News: Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said he hopes a fifth year of eligibility for football players gets a strong look from the NCAA rules committee.

Tom Kensler, Denver Post: Beebe also expressed his opposition to a "plus one" system to determine a national champion.

Chadd Cripe and Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Boise State is replacing its blue AstroPlay field with a blue FieldTurf surface. The installation is scheduled to be completed by early August.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: When examining a team's schedule, it's not only where you play an opponent, but when you play them.

Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Rich Rod held a 90-minute roundtable with reporters, discussing everything from Joe Tiller's criticism of his recruiting tactics to his legal troubles with West Virginia.

Dave Dye, Detroit News: Former Oklahoma quarterback Keith Nichol will transfer to Michigan State.

Alexis Huicochea and Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Johnathan Turner, an expected starter at defensive end for Arizona, has been accused of sexual assault.

Losers With Socks: A downloadable Southeastern Conference helmet schedule.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: The inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl, featuring teams from the Big East and Conference USA, will be played Dec. 20.

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