Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Suspended Syracuse receiver Mike Williams was accused of cheating on at least two occasions in one class, including a final examination during the spring semester, according to a source.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: A majority of players being recruited by Penn State — whether they meant it or not — have told the newspaper that the "Paterno situation" has not influenced, or will not influence, their decision on a college.

Kyle Veazey, Clarion-Ledger: Congratulations to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs' four-year NCAA probation has come to an end.

Bama Sports Report: Nick Saban, struggling to trim his roster, is getting help from Major League Baseball. By this site's count, he still needs to cut five players to reach the NCAA limit of 85 scholarship players.

Mr. SEC: Southeastern Conference teams have not fared well when traveling to play Pacific 10 opponents. Thanks to Get The Picture.

Steroid Nation: Louisiana State claims that junior receiver Trindon Holliday is the fastest player in college football. Ever. The Tigers forgot about former Dallas Cowboy, Florida A&M and Olympic standout Bob Hayes.

Melissa Lee, Lincoln Journal Star: The Nebraska athletic department stands to reap nearly $110 million if regents approve a 13-year contract with media and marketing giant IMG.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: It says here that eight wins is a reasonable expectation for Nebraska.

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech running back Kobey Lewis and safety Steven Harris have been suspended for the 2008 season for violating team rules.

Alex Abrams, Springdale Morning News: Arkansas dismissed linebacker Freddie Fairchild from the team. He was arrested in late March on battery charges.

Charleston Daily Mail: Former West Virginia coach Don Nehlen, 72, underwent successful triple bypass surgery.

Stan Awtrey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Bill Curry is leaving ESPN to become coach at Georgia State, which will begin play in Division I-AA in 2010.

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