Monday, July 21, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Eleven Warriors: Former USC and current Cincinnati Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer gives his thoughts on the Ohio State-USC game: "It’s amazing to hear what those guys think about that university and what they think about that football program and Tressel and all the crap I gotta put up with being back there. I just can’t wait for two years from now when SC comes to the Shoe ... and I can go up there and watch us pound on them in their own turf and kind of put all the talk to rest because I’m really getting sick of it and I just can’t wait for this game to get here so they can come out to the Coliseum and experience L.A. and get an old-fashioned Pac-10 butt-whooppin and go back to the Big Ten."

Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Asked for an historic 456,000th time over the weekend how long he plans to continue coaching, Joe Paterno replied for the 456,000th time, "the way I feel right now, four, five, six years."

Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: Is the balance of power in the Big 12 shifting to the north?

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Upgrades to the Cotton Bowl mean there will be more seats available for the Red River Shootout between Oklahoma and Texas.

Adam Jones, Tuscaloosa News: Alabama will be charging a hefty fee for RVs to park on most campus tailgating areas.

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson, who presided over the split and the rebuilding of the conference, can rightfully smile.

Associated Press: Marshall's J.J. Johnson was kicked off the team after he was arrested early Sunday morning.

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