Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Brian Bennett and Brett Dawson, Louisville Courier-Journal: Louisville and Kentucky are at odds over the date of this year's game. Louisville and ESPN want to play on Monday night, Sept. 1. Kentucky says no, claiming the short turnaround won't allow enough time to prepare for a game the following Saturday against dreaded Norfolk State.

Jeff White, Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald is no longer enrolled in school and could be headed to Kansas State.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's 12-1 season has paid off. The team reached an eight-year, $4.1 million apparel and marketing deal with Under Armour. Plus, details of Greg McMackin's contract were released. He has an annual base salary of $1,100,004 and a $550,000 buyout.

Darren Sabedra, San Jose Mercury News: Jim Harbaugh is bringing a pro mentality to Stanford. The Cardinal will hold nine workouts through March 11 — a "mini camp" — then take a three-week break and resume practice April 3.

Mike Freeman, CBS Sports: The NCAA does little to stop the felony-riddled reign of Phil Fulmer, who heads a Tennessee program that has become perhaps the rottenest, most dastardly ever.

William C. Rhoden, New York Times: The NCAA isn't allowing athletes to be regular students. Thanks to Get The Picture.

Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch: Tyrone Willingham had his share of bad losses. His Notre Dame teams lost five times by 31 points or more. Still, the Fighting Irish were never as inept under him as they were under Crewcut Charlie Weis in 2007.

Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati’s 13-game 2008 schedule features six games against teams that played in bowl games last season, including three against teams that competed in Bowl Championship Series games.

Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia will be played Nov. 28 (the day after Thanksgiving) at Heinz Field.

Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado will play host to West Virginia on Sept. 18, a Thursday night game to be broadcast by ESPN.

Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: The official announcement was made moving the 2008 and 2009 Texas-Texas A&M games to Thanksgiving. Plus, the Baylor-Connecticut game in Hartford has been moved to Friday, Sept. 19.

Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: After a scary car accident and two surgeries derailed the start of his college career, quarterback Robert Marve is ready to go as Miami begins spring drills.

Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune: The Tampa Sports Authority created a committee to resolve scheduling conflicts between South Florida and the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

Jay Reeves, Associated Press: A Manhattan-based music publisher is making a small fortune selling rights to fight songs for use in an array of new products.

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Anonymous said...

Notre Dame is still a very racist place. Just read the letters in the student newspaper The Observer even from this last week. It really is that bad if you're black. It is a shame and a pity.

Anonymous said...

Notre Dame is now ruled by a bunch of creepy gay priests..... yuck.