Rich Kaipust, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska has already sold 51,500 reserved tickets for its spring scrimmage. The Red-White scrimmage last year drew 77,670 after a sellout crowd of 80,149 in 2008. Nebraska drew 54,288 in 2007, 57,415 in 2006, 63,416 in 2005 and 61,417 in 2004.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State will finish its contract with fired coach Chuck Long by paying him $365,900 this year — $350,000 less than the $715,900 he's owed from the school through Dec. 31. Thanks to Mike.
Laken A. Litman, Dallas Morning News: The NCAA has approved a new rule that limits coaches-in-waiting having direct contact with recruits. Assistant coaches are allowed more contact with recruits than a head coach, and now coaches-in-waiting have been confined to the same limits as head coaches. The new ruling affects only Texas (Will Muschamp) and Maryland (James Franklin).
Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The University of Iowa athletics department’s recruiting costs dipped by more than $200,000 — including a 40% drop in football — during the 2009 fiscal year. The football program spent $240,277, down from $336,000.
Tim May, Columbus Dispatch: If there is any doubt that Seantrel Henderson remains uncommitted, check this quote from his father, Sean: "I can actually say we will definitely sign before April 1. I think once we pretty much figure out what's going to happen [with USC] toward the end of the month, I think we will be in a better position to make a final decision." Make note of "final decision." Plus, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor underwent arthroscopic surgery on an injured ligament in his right knee. He is expected to make a quick recovery.
David Paschall, Chattanooga Times Free Press: MySpace is out and Facebook and Twitter are in when it comes to recruiting.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Things haven't been this tough for Michigan athletics since 1967, when the football team went 4-6 and the basketball team was 8-16 after losing its final eight games.
National Sports Journalism Center: ESPN reportedly will rebrand its live sportscentric property ESPN360.com as ESPN3.com starting on April 4.Ken Goe, Oregonian: Oregon State doesn't have a men's track team, but six football players will compete for the Beavers in the Husky Classic indoor meet Saturday in Washington's Dempsey Indoor.
Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review: Washington State starting cornerback Brandon Jones, arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Saturday morning, was dismissed from the team.
Zach Duncan, Wichita Falls Times Record News: Brad McCoy, the father of former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and current freshman quarterback Case McCoy, has resigned as coach at Graham High.
Robbyn Mitchell, St. Petersburg Times: Former Tampa Tribune writer Brett McMurphy is suing the newspaper's parent company, Media General, for missed wages. McMurphy broke the story of former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt's alleged abuse of a player for Fanhouse after leaving the Tribune.
Tim Griffin, ESPN.com: The veteran Big 12 writer announces he is leaving ESPN. Griffin writes: "It has been an interesting life for the last two years, but now it is time for me to move on to other opportunities."
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