Sunday, May 04, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia, which opens the season with home games against Georgia Southern and Central Michigan, is complaining about the difficulty of its schedule, which includes its first nonconference game (at Arizona State) west of the Central Time Zone since 1960.

Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: A judge has ordered a trial date of March 13 for a lawsuit seeking repayment of almost $300,000 in cash, a vehicle and goods a sports marketer said he gave to Reggie Bush and his family while Bush played at USC. Thanks to Mike.

Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel: Bobby Bowden doesn't sound like he's ready to retire.

Des Moines Register: Floyd White, an Iowa State graduate assistant, was arrested and charged with drunken driving and criminal trespassing causing damage of over $200.

Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa State has been given approval to begin planning a $65 million renovation to Jack Trice Stadium.

Taylor Bell, Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois reportedly has made scholarship offers to more than 150 players. Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.

Alan Schmadtke, Orlando Sentinel: Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus has gained full control of the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker, from the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando. He will move the awards ceremony to Chicago.

Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: The NCAA has denied Arkansas' appeal for immediate eligibility for transfer quarterback Ryan Mallett, who left Michigan earlier this year.

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star-Tribune: This hasn't been the smoothest of offseasons in the Big Ten. After a poor bowl showing, the conference has seen change and tumult during spring practices.

Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Air Force senior players have to wait two years before pursuing NFL careers, and it doesn't look like that will change despite the publicity generated by the Detroit Lions' selection of Army defensive back Caleb Campbell in last weekend's NFL draft.

Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Bulletin: An email written by written by then-Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier last December acknowledged a spoken agreement that June Jones would not have to pay a penalty of $400,008 if he left the school before the end of his contract.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: Redshirt freshman Ryan Lindley has been tabbed the successor to Kevin O'Connell as San Diego State's starting quarterback entering camp in August.

Idaho Statesman: Boise State fans who want to attend the Broncos' game at rival Idaho will also have to buy tickets to the Vandals' game against Idaho State at the Kibbie Dome.

Idaho Statesman: Boise State senior linebacker David Shields, whose career has been hampered by injuries, has a shoulder injury that likely will end his career.

Dick Harmon, Deseret News: The Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences didn't fare well in the NFL draft, with a total of only 14 players selected. USC alone had 10 selections.


Mickey McCale said...

Complaining? That's a bit of a stretch from that article, don't you think?

Unknown said...

I don't see the part where they are complaining. I see a coach and associate AD saying it's a tough schedule and a QB who is excited about playing it. Nice try though.