Friday, June 27, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Andrea Cohen, Oklahoman: The money continues to roll in at Oklahoma State. Alum Malone Mitchell donated $57.2 million in stock to the university, with half going to academics and half to athletics.

Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier-Journal: Defensive lineman Aundre Henderson has left the Louisville team, bringing the number of scholarship players who have left the team since the spring of 2007 to an astonishing 21.

Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Former Alabama linebacker Jimmy Johns is "distraught" and "deeply saddened" by his arrest on six drug-related charges, his lawyers said. Johns faces two to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for each of the five charges of cocaine distribution. The possession charge carries one to 10 years in jail and a $15,000 fine.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Dave Radar, quarterback coach at Alabama under Mike Shula, says his old boss isn't to blame for the embarrassment created by the arrest of Johns. Neither is Nick Saban. "What he did, it was Jimmy's decision," Radar said.

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Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: Illinois and Ron Zook will be featured in the Big Ten Network series called "The Journey." Michigan's Rich Rodriguez was first approached, but turned down the offer.

Jeremy Olson, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Minnesota recruit Sam Maresh underwent successful heart valve surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Kevin Murphy, Capital Times: A state appeals court restored the wrongful death lawsuit against a state employee brought after an ABC cameraman died from a fall at Camp Randall Stadium while preparing for a Nov. 22, 2003 telecast of a Badger-Iowa game.

Angela Delli Santi, Newsday: A U.S. senator from New Jersey is urging the federal government to take action on artificial turf fields that contain lead.

Suzanne Halliburton and Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman: Former Texas players Andre Jones and Robert Joseph pleaded guilty to felony charges.

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star: The reign of error is almost over. The departure of Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan is long overdue.

Chris Allen, Marshall Democrat News: If Miami (Ohio) is known as the "Cradle of Coaches," then Marshall High in Missouri could be called the "Cradle of Equipment Managers." Thanks to Ben Maller.

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