Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Jeff Latzke, Associated Press: Oklahoma has banned any business from employing more than five Sooner athletes at the same time as part of its response to NCAA violations that occurred when three players took pay for work they had not done at a car dealership.

Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News: Texas A&M linebacker Derrick Stephens has been told by doctors that he must end his career because of multiple concussions.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Arkansas' Bobby Petrino talks about his abrupt departure from the Atlanta Falcons and insists he's not the bad guy who has been portrayed in the media. "When people know me, they understand how I am," he said.

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Southeastern Conference coaches appear to be in favor of an early signing period.

Bruins Nation: Rick Neuheisel, unplugged. You can see the UCLA coach Saturday night in a Newport Beach athletics fundraiser. Cost: $250 per person, or grab a platinum table for only $10,000.

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World: What they are saying about Kansas' chances at the local barber shop.

Tom Witosky, Randy Peterson and Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register: More trouble for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Two former members of the team — Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson — are being sought on charges of sexual abuse. The list of Hawkeye legal troubles. A stench is descending on the program.

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Return specialist Harold Howell, who was called "one of the most electrifying high school football players I have ever seen" by Minnesota coach Tim Brewster, has been dismissed from the team.

John Hunt, Oregonian: Oregon recruit Dewitt Stuckey was arrested Friday night in Stockton, Calif., after a fight and charged with two felonies.

Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist quarterback Justin Willis was reinstated to the team.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina backup defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis has been dismissed from the team for violating university policy.

Brad Rock, Deseret News: First Brigham Young steals Utah State's colors. Now the Cougars have snared the Aggies' quarterback. What's next?

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