Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

The Joe Cribbs Car Wash: You want previews? Here are links to every online preview of all the Division I-A teams that can be found. Thanks to Get The Picture for turning us on to this amazing resource. Check it out!

Lee Hermiston and Brian Morelli, Iowa City Press-Citizen: The mother of the victim in an alleged sexual assault released another scathing letter to Iowa officials criticizing their handling of her daughter's case. "Shame on all of you for backing down when the going got tough. Shame on all of you for turning away from your moral and professional obligations."

Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman, Newark Star-Ledger: Rutgers' Greg Schiano would not discuss any of the terms of his $2 million contract that is now under increasing scrutiny.

Christopher Walsh, Tuscaloosa News: Louisiana State's Les Miles sidestepped questions about his Alabama comment earlier in the week, saying he has "great respect" for the Crimson Tide.

Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Quarterback Ben Mauk still doesn't know if the NCAA will grant him a sixth year of eligibility that will allow him to play this fall for Cincinnati.

Brian Hamilton, Chicago Tribune: Notre Dame doesn’t expect any lingering eligibility issues after sending a cease-and-desist letter to a cell phone ring tone service that used images of two active Fighting Irish athletes in an online advertisement. One of the athletes was quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Charles Burress, San Francisco Chronicle: Hours after the University of California won a court decision allowing a long-blocked athletic training center to be built next to Memorial Stadium, supporters of illegal tree-sitters occupying the project's site commandeered a new tree on the main campus. They later abandon the newly occupied tree.

Ian R. Rapoport, Birmingham News: Alabama and Clemson will earn nearly $2 million apiece for their season-opening matchup in Atlanta. And fans will be able to purchase beer until halftime!

Associated Press: Army has revised its interpretation of U.S. Department of Defense policy regarding soldiers playing professional sports, requiring cadets to complete two years of active duty before applying for a release.

FanBlogs: Breaking down the top 15 intrastate rivalries.

Building The Dam: Your favorite Oregon State commercials, all rolled into one post. Thanks to EDSBS.

Samuel Spies, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina's Board of Trustees approved the design for a first phase of plans to substantially expand Kenan Stadium.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State is in the midst of negotiating a new lease with the city that would allow its football team to continue playing at Qualcomm Stadium for at least the next five years, even if the Chargers opt to leave San Diego.

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