Friday, July 11, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Jeff Carroll, South Bend Tribune: Jason Peter, in his new book, on Lou Holtz: "I still wouldn't turn down the opportunity to spit in Lou Holtz's [bleeping] face. Each Saturday in the fall when Holtz makes his jovial, dumb ... remarks on ESPN, I hope he knows that there's at least one family on the other side of the screen, the Peter family, that knows what a -- -- -- he really is."

Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times: California's Thousand Oaks Christian High, which produced Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, really has name this season. Nick Montana, son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe, and Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend Wayne, are members of the team, which also includes box-office champion Will Smith's son, Trey.

Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: An attorney who helped John Beilein negotiate his buyout from West Virginia represented the other side in the university's case against Rich Rodriguez.

Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: A couple of years ago you'd have been hard-pressed to find two hotter coaching names than Rich Rodriguez and Bobby Petrino. How do you like them now?

Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The American Football Coaches Association is leaning toward proposing an early signing date for the third week of December beginning in 2009.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: All signs point to the Western Athletic Conference shortly announcing a significantly upgraded and expanded contract extension with ESPN.

John Kaltefleiter, Athens Banner-Herald: They haven't even had the first coin flip for the season-opening game, but already you can see the Bowl Championship Series storm clouds brewing.

Michael Murphy, Houston Chronicle: Houston and Texas Tech have agreed to a home-and-home series beginning in 2009.

Nicquel Terry, Columbus Dispatch: A new ticket lottery at Ohio State has been called unfair by alumni. Plus, Buckeye tickets at a glance.

Tommy Hicks, Mobile Press-Register: Former Alabama center Roger Shultz is basking in the glow of finishing second in the NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser."

Idaho Statesman: Construction crews have been installing a new blue playing surface in Boise State's Bronco Stadium and the $800,000 project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the month.

Today's mystery links, here and here. Thanks to Gordon Keith.

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