Thursday, February 07, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

John Maher, Austin American-Statesman: Regents are expected to approve a $25 million project to add 4,000 bleacher seats at Texas' Royal-Memorial Stadium, bringing seating capacity to 94,000 for the 2009 season.

Mike Knobler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Taylor Bennett, Georgia Tech's starting quarterback of 2007, has asked for and received a release to transfer. The junior would need a waiver from the NCAA to play for another Division I-A team because he has already used a redshirt year.

Wally Hall, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Agent Mike Conley says his name was sullied in the report that said he helped Darren McFadden buy a Cadillac Escalade.

Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: Some Louisiana State fans say the Tigers' annual recruiting party has become too corporate and is out of control.

Dan Stefano, Daily Athenaeum: Students at West Virginia College of Law have launched a blog to examine issues surrounding the Rich Rodriguez legal saga. Link to the blog.

David Woods, Daily Bruin: Slick Rick Neuheisel's murky past poses a key question: Is it more important to win or be the nice guys? Thanks to UWire.

Ray Parrillo, Philadelphia Inquirer: Greg Schiano had a new tool in his recruiting efforts. The Rutgers coach began using a helicopter to visit prospective players.

Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, considered the nation's top recruit, held off on making a decision and now lists Oregon among his list of finalists, which also includes Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.

Ted Miller, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The announcement by the Seattle Seahawks that Jim Mora would be Mike Holmgren's successor rippled all the way to Washington, where some disgruntled Husky fans regard Mora as the savior to the program.

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas officials are confident that a legal matter concerning prized signee Jocques Crawford is an isolated incident. He pleaded guilty in 2005 to a charge of misdemeanor simple assault for an incident involving a 15-year old girl after initially being charged with aggravated rape.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State junior safety Anthony Scirrotto will enter a plea agreement next week, averting trial on a felony criminal-trespass charge and a count of summary harassment.

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