Friday, June 06, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: In 2008, the Pacific 10 will live up to its reputation for having tough nonconference schedules. Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Brigham Young, Tennessee, Fresno State, Penn State, Boise State, Michigan State, Maryland, Utah and Oklahoma State are among opponents for league teams. There are three games against Notre Dame and only two games against Division I-AA teams.

Pete Pelegrin, Miami Herald: Florida International unveiled a new logo and announced a twist to the name of the Golden Panthers teams, which will now be known as the FIU Golden Panthers and no longer be referred to as the Florida International University Golden Panthers.

Joe Juliano, Philadelphia Inquirer: Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese announced that he will step down on June 30, 2009.

Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Tranghese's decision to step down could leave Notre Dame in a precarious position.

Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: Another delay in the Reggie Bush legal battle. Bush's team filed a motion to have the case decided in confidential arbitration instead of a public court. Thanks to Mike.

Scottt D. Pierce, Deseret News: When DirecTV adds The mtn. to its lineup on Aug. 27, but it's not going to cost an arm and a leg if you live in the Mountain West Conference "footprint."

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: The "Under the Lights" documentary about Alabama football should give Mississippi State and Sylvester Croom plenty of reason to get motivated to beat the Crimson Tide again.

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