Saturday, May 31, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Southeastern Conference presidents and athletics directors on Friday voted against a proposal that would have created an early signing date. The league also distributed $127.2 million back to its members. That is a 4.3% increase from last year's total of $122 million. Of the $127.2 million total, $50.6 million came from football television, $25.3 million from bowls and $13.7 million from the SEC title game. That's 70.4% of the revenue coming from football. Each member got roughly $10.6 million.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Recent comments about a playoff system by Florida State president T.K. Wetherell sparked the ire of SEC commissioner Michael Slive. "Let me always be very clear to tell you I don't agree with the Florida State president," Slive said. "President Wetherell's statements were counterproductive, because those who support a plus-one do not support a playoff. I never said playoff. I never used the 'p' word."

Dirk Facer, Deseret News: Utah and Notre Dame are talking about a 2010 game in South Bend. "We're excited, and I think it's a great opportunity if it comes to fruition," Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said.

Daniel Lyght, Fresno Bee: Fresno State and Colorado are close to agreeing to a three-game series. The first game would be in 2011 in Boulder, with the teams meeting in Fresno in 2012. The final game would be in 2013 in Boulder.

Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: Hawaii is hoping to raise $100,000 through a new parking deal with Aloha Stadium. The money would go toward athletic scholarships.

Alex Abrams, Springdale Morning News: Arkansas kicker Alex Tejada dislocated the kneecap on his left plant leg during a workout.

Pete Bosak, Centre Daily Times: Penn State's Phil Taylor and Novorro Bowman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The two were charged with being among a group of as many as 15 football players who beat and stomped a Philadelphia man outside a party at the HUB-Robeson Center last Oct. 7.

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Oklahoma's Bob Stoops expects hotshot recruit Josh Jarboe to be on the roster this fall after felony guy charges against the receiver were lowered to misdemeanors.

Lauren Pack, Dayton Daily News: Zachary Marshall of Miami (Ohio) has been charged with aggravated burglary and assault. Police say the offensive lineman attacked a female student.

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