Monday, June 23, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Tim Stephens, Orlando Sentinel: The Superconference discussion continues. Why having 16 teams is advantageous to having only 12.

Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press: Attention Big Ten fans: The Big Ten Network-Comcast deal doesn't define who won the long negotiations. Comcast is in this to win and the cable giant gets to define winning.

Scott Ferrell, Shreveport Times: When Mississippi State bumped Sylvester Croom's salary package to $1.7 million for next season, it meant every coach at a public institution in the Southeastern Conference will be making more than $1.5 million next season.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Wide-ranging interview with June Jones, who says even though he has moved from Hawaii to Southern Methodist, he still doesn't wear socks.

Kyle Hightowner, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida is looking to slice $10.9 million from its budget because of recently ordered state cuts, but the athletic department budget will grow by 10%.

Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Receiver Mike Williams is plotting a course for his return to Syracuse.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: The tab for the expansion project at Boise State's Bronco Stadium could go as high as $37.55 million.

Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: One "recruiting expert" says Penn State is being hurt by the uncertain status of Joe Paterno.

Patrick Ridgell, Longmont Times-Call: Former Colorado players Bernard Jackson and Lionel Harris have been arrested in connection with a June 5 robbery in Boulder. Jackson was the Buffs' starting quarterback in 2006.

Associated Press: Raycom Sports has announced a partnership with Jacked SportsTop, an Internet application that allows fans to view statistics, videos, photos, news and other interactive features during game telecasts.

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