Sunday, June 08, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Brian Hilderbrand, Las Vegas Sun: Ticket revenue for Nevada Las Vegas increased 114% last season — largely as a result of a home game with Wisconsin. It turns out that Badger fans bought thousands of UNLV season tickets just to make sure they would have a seat for Wisconsin's visit to Las Vegas.

Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Receiver Danario Alexander will miss at least the nonconference part of Missouri's season, having torn a graft on his anterior cruciate ligament, a repair to his left knee that he underwent after last season.

Dan Zeiger, East Valley Tribune: Three reserve Arizona State players — receiver Rodney Glass, defensive lineman Zach Niusulu and linebacker Antone Saulsberry — are no longer with the program. More departures are expected as the Sun Devils trim their roster to the allowable 85 scholarship players for the fall. The Sun Devils were on pace to be five scholarships over the limit.

David Flores, San Antonio Express-News: Texas legend Darrell Royal retired when he was 52 and now says he should have continued coaching. “I probably quit too soon,” he said. “I should have come back for another year or two.”

Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Nick Saban and his wife, Terry, donated $1 million to Alabama's scholarship fund and earmarked the sum for first-generation college students.

Neill Woelk, Boulder Daily Camera: College football games belong on college campuses. Local businesses that support the universities in their towns deserve the economic benefit provided by a home game, and fans who purchase season tickets should be able to sit in the seats they paid for.

Jerry Hill, Waco Tribune-Herald: Legendary Texas sportswriter Dave Campbell, 83, is retiring. He is a member of the Texas Sports, Texas High School Football and Baylor Athletic halls of fame and has won numerous lifetime achievement awards from the Football Writers Association of America, College Sports Information Directors of America and the Houston Touchdown Club.

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