Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Claudia Zequeira, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida will ban consumption of alcoholic beverages at tailgate parties on campus parking lots once kickoff starts. "We want people to enjoy the game once kickoff starts . . . not to be outdoors engaging in alternative behaviors," athletic department spokesman Joe Hornstein said. Thanks to Steve of SoCal Tennis.

Stephanie Taylor, Tuscaloosa News: Nick Saban continues to trim his roster. Jimmy Johns is the latest to go. The linebacker was charged with five counts of selling cocaine to undercover investigators. Johns is the 10th Crimson Tide player to be arrested within the past year and the second to face felony charges.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Saban would have been wise to cut Johns long before his arrest.

Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Now that the Big Ten Network has a deal with Comcast, it will ramp up pressure on other cable providers, including Mediacom.

Stewart Mandel, Mike Slive, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference — the reigning darling of the college football world and proven ratings machine — says an SEC network "remains a very viable option." A decision is expected later this summer or early fall.

Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: Rich Rodriguez must reveal whether anyone else has agreed to pay the $4 million buyout that West Virginia's lawyers are trying to recover.

Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati's Brian Kelly is waiting for clearance from university president Nancy Zimpher that would allow former Minnesota player Alex Daniels to become a member of the Bearcats' team. Daniels was one of four players dismissed from the Minnesota team in July 2007 after they allegedly were involved in an incident with an 18-year-old woman.

Alan Schmadtke, Orlando Sentinel: A defense lawyer in an obscenity trial recently used "Tim Tebow" as a search term in an attempt to show the popularity of pornographic sites on the Internet.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's game against Florida is set for a 12:30 p.m. start in Gainesville, which translates to 6:30 a.m. in Honolulu.

Meghan Montemurro, Daily Illini: Get ready for "Zook Zone" towels at Illinois. The towels will go on sale July 1 for $7 each, with $1 going toward the fight against cancer.

The Rivalry, Esq.: A tongue-in-cheek look at the cigar preferences of the coaching elite. Thanks to FanBlogs.

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