Monday, August 18, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Patrick Ridgell, Longmont Times-Call: Colorado has selected a starting tailback and it's not Darrell Scott, who was voted Big 12 newcomer of the year. Sophomore Demetrius Sumler gets the call for the Aug. 31 opener against Colorado State.

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports: Court documents portray former Marshall coach Bobby Pruett as having direct involvement in academic fraud and overpayment of athletes working while at the school. Pruett is now the defensive coordinator at Virginia.

Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: Taylor Zarzour, host of The Big Tailgate show on WPTF in Raleigh, describes himself as an "avid Alabama fan." Perhaps that explains why he left Auburn, which was picked to win the West Division of the Southeastern Conference, off his Associated Press ballot.

John Hunt, Oregonian: Associated Press guidelines for poll voters. "Avoid regional bias, for or against." And this: " 'Homerism' will be challenged and could lead to dismissal from the poll board.

Ben Prather, FanBlogs: Should the Mountain West Conference consider expansion? Adding Boise State, Fresno State and Houston would produce a conference close in performance to the current level of the Atlantic Coast and Big East.

Randy King, Roanoke Times: Sophomore Zach Luckett, projected to be Virginia Tech’s starting flanker, has been indefinitely suspended from the squad after he was arrested on a DUI charge.

Tim Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Tech fans hoping to watch Paul Johnson's debut as the Yellow Jacket coach on TV are out of luck. They will have to tune in over the Internet.

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC running back Joe McKnight suffered a hyperextended right elbow during a scrimmage.

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