Saturday, July 19, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Iliana Limon and Kyle Hightower, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida officials say they notified Ereck Plancher that he tested positive for sickle-cell trait as part of a team physical exam and monitored his activities in workouts. But family members and friends say that Plancher never disclosed the diagnosis to them.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Tyrone Willingham's job status could be giving recruits reason to pause when considering Washington.

Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times: California has settled a lawsuit filed by the penny-pinching denizens of Tightwad Hill, which for more than 80 years has offered free viewing of games.

Victoria Secret: Yes, the retailer of women's wear, lingerie and beauty products has taken the wraps off its pink collegiate collection. Thanks to the Midwest Correspondent.

FanBlogs: A rundown of the most lopsided rivalries. Oklahoma-Iowa State tops this list.

Jason Arkley, Athens Messenger: Ohio extended Frank Solich's contract through the 2013 season.

Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star: Life in Nebraska would have been much different had the Cornhuskers not defeated Texas Tech, 27-24, in the 1976 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.

Lawrence Journal-World: Tom Kivisto, a major donor for Kansas football facility improvements, was removed as president and CEO of SemGroup LP.

Dave Michaels, Dallas Morning News: T. Boone Pickens, the biggest booster of them all, is turning his attention from Oklahoma State to concentrate on weaning the U.S. off foreign oil. The Pickens Plan.

Maurice Patton, Tennessean: Jermaine Doster, a freshman running back at Vanderbilt, was arrested on three misdemeanor charges after an incident at a nightclub in his hometown of Tampa.

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