Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Associated Press: A settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by former college athletes who alleged the NCAA failed to cover the full cost of their education has been formally approved by a federal judge. The NCAA will create a $10 million fund over the next three years to reimburse former student athletes for educational costs they previously incurred. The NCAA will also make an additional $218 million available to current Division I schools to pay for benefits given to athletes enrolled between the 2007 and 2013 academic years.

Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel: Are college fantasy leagues just another example of the exploitation of college athletes — just another way for a company to make money off an athlete's name while the athlete receives nothing?

Don Walker, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez earned more than $167,110 in outside income in 2007 by giving speeches, doing radio shows and appearing as an analyst on network television, records show. Alvarez's largest source of outside income was his work as a Fox network analyst for the Bowl Championship Series. For that weekend work, Alvarez was paid $30,000.

Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: A video containing lyrics related to drugs and guns was removed from Bob Stoops.com. The embarrassment comes 10 days after freshman receiver Josh Jarboe was kicked off the team for posting a rap video on YouTube that contained lyrics about carrying guns and shooting people.

Awful Announcing: ESPN has sold the naming rights for the Lee Corso Picks segment on "College GameDay" (where Corso puts on the mascot head) to Chick-fil-A.

Dave Dye, Detroit News: Offensive lineman Justin Boren, who transferred from Michigan to Ohio State, said he continues to receive abusive emails from Wolverine fans.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Another bowl game? A group wants to revive the Seattle Bowl, which disbanded after the 2002 season because of financial reasons. The group reportedly is seeking assurance it would have the support of the Pacific 10 Conference, which already has contracts with seven bowls.

Jim Moore, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Washington State coach Paul Wulff isn't exactly a disciplinarian when dealing with his band of troublemakers. Plus, Cougar receiver Jeshua Anderson will be sidelined for at least six weeks after hernia surgery.

Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia left tackle Trinton Sturdivant may have suffered a season-ending knee injury in a scrimmage.

Dugan Arnett, Lawrence Journal-World: Another running back is leaving Kansas. Donte Bean's departure comes a day after Carmon Boyd-Anderson decided to leave.

Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun: Is Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is trying to instill a fighting spirit into his team? He showed players a tape of the Ali-Frazier "Thrilla in Manila" fight last week.

Scott Wright, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is still a man, but now he's 41.

Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: Fifth-year senior Billy Farris was named Colorado State's starting quarterback.

Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle: Texas A&M selected a 2-year-old sable and white AKC-registered collie from Topeka as its successor to Reveille VIII.

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