Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Rick Scoppe, Greenville News: South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix is leaving to join Houston Nutt's staff at Mississippi. And former Mississippi coach Madman Ed Orgeron said he would be interested in replacing Nix.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: A group of Hawaii business leaders and Warrior supporters have pledged more than $100,000 as a gesture to thank and support June Jones, who says he plans to give the entire donation to his assistants.

Brandon George, Dallas Morning News: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Indiana's Bill Lynch will preside Wednesday over the NASDAQ opening bell. Link to webcast.

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Boise State junior running back Ian Johnson has submitted paperwork to the NFL College Advisory Committee, typically a precursor to declaring for the NFL draft.

Herb Gould, Chicago Sun-Times: Consenting to the pleas of several conference coaches, the Big Ten will move to a 13-week schedule beginning in 2009 to allow teams to have a bye week.

Molly Yanity, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Washington athletic director Todd Turner resigned, but it's clear he was forced out. The surprise move came less than a week after Turner and university president Mark Emmert announced Tyrone Willingham would return as coach.

Ken Tysiac, Charlotte Observer: Charlotte and Tampa could be future sites for Atlantic Coast Conference championship games.

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