Friday, May 23, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Tom Kensler, Denver Post: The Big 12 agreed to retain the distribution formula for football revenue that has been in place since the league was formed in 1996. Under that formula, annual revenues derived from televised games involving Big 12 teams are divided in half. One of the pots is distributed evenly among the 12 members. The other pot also gives bonuses for TV appearances: ABC, $260,000 to a Big 12 member for a league game and $520,000 for a nonconference game; ESPN, $300,000; Fox Sports, $150,000; Versus, $50,000.

Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Jack Mildren, who quarterbacked the Oklahoma Sooners to glory and then became the state’s lieutenant governor, died Thursday night after a bout with cancer. He was 58. Mildren timeline.

Tristan Scott, Missoulian: Montana offensive lineman J.D. Quinn was arrested on charges of drunken driving after being pulled over for a mudflap violation. Quinn transferred from Oklahoma after he took money for work that he didn't perform at a Norman auto dealership.

The Big Lead: Does anyone remember the last time Notre Dame, Nebraska, Miami and Florida State had back-to-back poor seasons? The age of the true dynasty is long gone.

Don McKee, Philadelphia Inquirer: Joe Paterno, who favors a playoff system, doesn't see one coming. "I'm only going to be a head coach another 10 or 15 years, and I don't think it will happen by then."

Roger Clarkson, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia offensive lineman Clint Boling, who started 11 games as a freshman, was arrested for driving under the influence.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Five games that will decide the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas' Mark Mangino says his rant after a 27-23 loss to Texas in 2004 was calculated. Mangino was fined $5,000 by the Big 12 after saying officials favored the Longhorns because of Bowl Championship Series implications.

Joe Logan, Philadelphia Inquirer: Adam Taliaferro, the former Penn State defensive back who broke his neck during a game against Ohio State, continued his inspiring story. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

Susan Simpson, Oklahoman: T. Boone Pickens is back. The Texas billionaire gave a $100 million gift to Oklahoma State to endow 150 faculty jobs.

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