Sunday, July 27, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Wendell Barnhouse, Big 12: A tweak in the instant replay system will allow replay officials to review if a player fumbles even if the on-field officials ruled the ball carrier down without fumbling. Also, if the officials rule a player steps out of bounds on his way to the end zone but replays show the player stayed in bounds, the officials can rule a touchdown.

Matt Winkeljohn, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Is it time to stop this foolishness and pay players? An argument for and an argument against such a system. Plus, a full ride looks empty to some critics of the NCAA

Iliana Limon, Andrew Carter and Jeremy Fowler, Orlando Sentinel: What do selected coaches and players think about a playoff? What rules changes would they like to see? And do athletes think they should get paid?

John Helsley and Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: The best and the worst of Big 12 nonconference schedules. Plus, ranking games involving Big 12 teams, from one to 96. How about that Chattanooga-Oklahoma game, eh? And Big 12 teams are playing more neutral site games.

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: The 10 questions you want answered before they tee it up in the Southeastern Conference.

FanBlogs: Check out the new Virginia Tech uniforms. Not sure we are fans of the new threads.

Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: Drug policies often differ from team to team at the same school, let alone between schools. Maybe it's time to standardize testing and penalties.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Henry Mason, who joined the Wisconsin staff in 1995 to coach receivers, continues to battle a severe spinal-cord injury suffered during a fall last summer in his home.

Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon has suspended linebacker Kevin Garrett for a violation of team rules.

Jim Watson, Shreveport Times: Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley has suspended junior linebacker Zach Schreiber.

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