Saturday, August 16, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Southeastern Conference's new TV deal with CBS likely kills any chance there will be an SEC TV network.

Marcus Nelson, Palm Beach Post: Howard Schnellenberger's bashing of Texas has fired up his Florida Atlantic players, who say they want to show the Longhorns the meaning of toughness.

Mark Vierthaler, Lawrence Journal-World: Does a winning football team help the band? Appears to be the case at Kansas, where 239 students registered for band duty, up from 177 the year before.

Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Imagine that, Washington State players going more than six weeks without a beer. Thanks to Tim.

Jeremy Fowler, Orlando Sentinel: More trouble at Florida. Defensive tackle Torrey Davis must appear in court after being pulled over while driving with a suspended license. He won't play in the opener against Hawaii.

Rick Scoppe, Greenville News: Two Columbia police officers were charged with misconduct in office stemming from the arrest of South Carolina offensive lineman Kevin Young in March. "I'm not surprised from the story I heard," Steve Spurrier said.

Michael Rothstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Notre Dame's junior class continues to lose players. The latest departure is receiver Richard Jackson.

Edward Aschoff, Gainesville Sun: Boston Celtic coach Doc Rivers paid a visit to Gainesville, took in a Florida Gator practice and spoke to the team.

Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee: A mistake by Fresno State's ticket office allowed 120 people to buy 357 premium-seating tickets at a single-game rate — many for Fresno State's home opener against Wisconsin.

Scott Wright, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State receiver William Cole's season is over before it started. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a practice.

Austin Ward, Casper Star-Tribune: Two-year Wyoming starting quarterback Karsten Sween lost his job to junior college transfer Dax Crum.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: New Hawaii starting quarterback Brent Rausch has played 11-on-11 football only one season in the past six years.

Burnt Orange Nation: Why preseason polls are not only ruining college football, but America as well.

Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: West Virginia linebacker Reed Williams, the team's leading tackler last season, is likely out of the opener against Villanova because he's still recovering from shoulder surgeries.

Dr. Saturday: Welcome back to the blogosphere, Matt Hinton. The man behind Sunday Morning Quarterback is now blogging for Yahoo!

Dan Steinberg, Beijing Sports Smog: Meet judo's version of Mark Mangino, Cuba women's coach Ronaldo Veitia.

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