Thursday, January 12, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Jeff Miller, Dallas Morning News: Grant Teaff, director of the Football Coaches Association, says a uniform replay system, most likely one including a challenge format, will be endorsed for use in Division I-A in 2006 (registration).

Randy Kenner, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Those grand plans to stage a Virginia Tech-Tennessee game before 160,000 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway appear dead.

Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: The losses continue to pile up for USC. LenDale White is gone, Reggie Bush is going, and Winston Justice and Darnell Bing are likely to follow. Wolf also talked with former Trojan receiver Mike Williams, who talks about "getting into it" with coach Pete Carroll before he decided to leave early.

Tom Witosky, Des Moines Register: Conference USA has completed its review of the officiating crew that worked the Outback Bowl and made several controversial calls, but the league is keeping the results confidential.

Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: New Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, on the job for only 11 days, is trying to salvage the Buffaloes' recruiting efforts (registration).

Marlon W. Morgan, Commercial Appeal: Mississippi Madman Ed Orgeron is on a roll. He convinced studly linebacker Patrick Willis to stay for his senior season (registration).

Paul Honda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: Score two for UCLA. The Bruins landed defensive end Micah Kia, arguably the top player in Hawaii. He will join teammate Dylan Rush, who earlier told UCLA he was on the way.

Rodney McKissic, Buffalo News: New Buffalo coach Turner Gill doesn't have much time for anything these days, even a haircut.

D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Those Bowdens are at it again. Clemson's Tommy and Florida State's Bobby are butting heads on the recruiting trail (registration).

Otis Kirk, Northwest Arkansas Times: Arkansas has extended a scholarship offer to Alabama prep quarterback Carson Williams in what appears to be a backup plan should Mitch Mustain not become a Razorback.

Chad Hartley, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada got its 20th commitment when California prep quarterback Colin Kaepernick selected the Wolf Pack.

Phillip Marshall, Huntsville Times: Benjamin Tate, a record-setting prep running back from Maryland, is already taking classes at Auburn.

Rob Moseley, Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon is hopeful of landing top-flight cornerback Devin Ross, but the Ducks' recruiting efforts overall appear to be sailing along.

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