Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly : The site reports that cornerback Aqib Talib told officials at the NFL combine that he tested positive for marijuana three times while at Kansas. In addition, receiver Mario Manningham acknowledged failing two drug tests while at Michigan.

Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Michigan will not face NCAA penalties based on a recent four-day series in the Ann Arbor News that examined academics and athletics at the school.

Scott Bell, Detroit Free Press: Rich Rodriguez fired back at Ohio State's Jim Tressel, who took a jab at the Michigan coach for his recruiting tactics.

Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: More trouble at Penn State. Suspended receiver Chris Bell was kicked off the team after he allegedly threatened defensive end Devon Still with a cooking knife that had an eight-inch blade. As he was being escorted away, he reportedly told Still, "I have more knives and a gun up here."

Matt Jones, Arkansas Traveler: Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, the transfer from Michigan, has been impressive in spring drills with his strong arm and ability to put the ball in tight spaces.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Big Ten Network is planning a "Spring Football Showcase" on April 19, with live look-ins from the eight conference spring games scheduled for that day.

Dave Dye, Detroit News: Michigan State offensive line prospect Arthur Ray has withdrawn from school after a setback in his attempt to return from cancer.

Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: Former West Virginia running back Jason Gwaltney, perhaps the most highly regarded recruit in team history, attended a practice, but coach Bill Stewart it was for no other purpose than to visit his half-brother, defensive lineman Scooter Berry.

David Williams, Bleacher Report: The rise and fall of Southern Methodist. Looking back at the impact of the NCAA's death penalty on Mustang football, 21 years later.

Kyle Veazey, Clarion Ledger: Three Mississippi State players who were absent from the March 29 spring game have withdrawn from school.

Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: Martin Miller, a former member of San Diego State's "Dark Side" defense, is facing charges of murder and attempted murder stemming from a double shooting. Thanks to Mike.

The Big Picture: An interview with Ben Maller of Fox Sports Radio.

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