Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Ian R. Rapoport, Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi Madman Ed Orgeron faced questions about Brent Schaeffer, his projected starter at quarterback, and had few answers.

Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: Colorado has the highest average ticket price in the Big 12 at $75 a pop. Baylor, on the other end, has an average price of $30.

Brian Dohn, L.A. Daily News: UCLA starting linebacker John Hale and reserve defensive tackle Jess Ward are facing punishment from coach Karl Dorrell after the players pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault. Dorrell is also getting a raise.

Seth Emerson, Columbia State: Some high school coaches say an early signing period would take pressure off recruits and decrease the number of players backing out of a commitment.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: West Virginia is not only the favorite to win the Big East, but a legitimate contender for the national title. And the conference is looking to expand its bowl lineup.

Kyle Hightower, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida paid $10,000 to get out of a 2007 game at Tennessee, clearing the way for the home opener against Texas.

Bradley Olson, Baltimore Sun: Former Navy quarterback Lamar Owens, accused of rape, said his accuser invited him into bed (registration).

Bill Sanders, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville doesn't believe the NCAA will get involved in grading allegations at the university (registration).

Tony Phifer, Coloradoan: Colorado State officials were calling the first day of online ticket sales "a big success."

Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: The Mountain West Conference's lineup of postseason games is about as clear as mud.

Michael C. Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune: Mountain West officials continue to scramble to explain the conference's long-term contract with upstart College Sports TV.

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