Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Ryan Wood, Lawrence Journal-World: More Big 12 teams are installing a no-huddle offense. One reason given is to get more plays in during the course of a game — and season. Missouri, which ran a no-huddle, was second in Division I-A with 1,112 offensive plays in 2007.

Doug Segrest, Birmingham News: The Pizza Bowl, a Wiz favorite, will be staying in Birmingham for at least the next two years.

Picture Me Rollin: Ian R. Rapoport, the Birmingham News reporter who questioned Nick Saban about his scholarship numbers, talks about the incident. Thanks to EDSBS.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Jay Paterno, Penn State's quarterbacks coach, is causing a stir for a political decision. He chose to back Barack Obama for president, a departure from his dad's conservative ways.

Drew Edwards, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right throwing elbow. He is expected to fully recover in about four to six weeks.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: The St. Pete Bowl, which hasn't even been approved yet, is already seeking a new date for its game.

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports: The Bowl Championship Series would really be in trouble if congressmen Neil Abercrombie, Lynn Westmoreland and Mike Simpson were educated about the issue.

Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: Who is Larry Aschebrook and why/how did he find himself at the center of the Rich Rodriguez dispute?

Alan Schmadtke, Orlando Sentinel: It has been nine months since a $250 million renovation of the Capital One Bowl was approved, but today the facility sits virtually untouched.

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Department of Bummer: There's only two regular season games between Pacific 10 and Southeastern Conference teams this fall.

Jake Grovum, Minnesota Daily: Three Minnesota players who were arrested in the alleged rape of a woman in 2007 were never charged. But their lives have never been the same.

Danielle Vickery, Daily Collegian: Former Penn State running back Austin Scott, who had rape and sexual-assault charges dropped against him last week, might file a lawsuit against Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira. Scott's attorney also said that he would be meeting with other attorneys within the next two weeks about "prosecutorial discretion" by the district attorney’s office, specifically noting charges that have been brought against other Penn State players.

Lindsay Jones, Palm Beach Post: Details about Percy Harvin's heel surgery seem to make the injury rather gruesome. As Get The Picture points out, perhaps that is why Urban Meyer says he will know in August if his team is a contender.

Kevin Donahue, FanBlogs: Virginia Tech is planning a "white out" for its opener against always tough Furman. The Hokies want to help promote reading across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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