Monday, July 07, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Dick Harmon, Deseret News: Brigham Young and Utah in the Pacific 10 Conference? Won't happen until gasoline is back to a buck a gallon or the Left Coast becomes one big, long beach.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Of the 84 players on scholarship at Washington, only 15 are fourth- or fifth-year players. The vast majority of the roster is made up of the last two recruiting classes — 52 scholarship players (out of 53 who originally signed).

Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Former Oklahoma quarterback Jason White said he nearly quit playing the spring before his Heisman-winning junior season. A talk with then-Sooner assistant Chuck Long convinced White he could continue to play despite two injured knees.

Detroit Free Press: Michigan State's Mark Dantonio will throw the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday at Comerica Park before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins.

Irv Moss, Denver Post: Air Force coach Troy Calhoun has apparently convinced athletic director Hans Mueh to take the cupcake approach to scheduling. Thanks to Kevin Donahue at FanBlogs.

Bob Kelly Charleston Daily Mail: A biting piece on Rich Rodriguez, who arguably presided over the biggest choke job in college football history.

Brian Rosenthal, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska recruit Josh Williams, who was accused of robbing a man of $900 in Denton, Texas, on April 4, has received deferred adjudication probation. He plans to begin classes at Nebraska next week.

Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Iowa's Kirk Ferentz reached out to old friend Ed Thomas, the coach at Aplington-Parkersburg High, after an EF-5 tornado destroyed Thomas' house and the high school. Thanks to Kevin Gertsen at Herkypub.

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Colleges have little interest in cracking down on players who get in trouble. Doing so would threaten the dollars that football prints for the university and its town.

Amber Ellis, Cincinnati Enquirer: Eugene Clifford, a backup cornerback for Ohio State, is facing assault charges after allegedly punching two men in the face. Thanks to Eleven Warriors.

Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier-Journal: JaJuan Spillman has been dismissed from the Louisville team after his arrest on drug and gun charges last week.

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