Boise State's president rips schedule talk

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Boise State's president said his counterpart at Ohio State's claim that Big Ten and Southeastern Conference teams play a "murderer's row" schedule "is the greatest exaggeration I think we've heard this year in college football."


Bob Kustra angrily responded to Ohio State President Gordon Gee 's statement that Texas Christian and Boise State don't deserve to be in the Bowl Championship Series title game even if they run the table.

Gee said of the power conferences' schedules: "We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor."

Kustra cited Ohio State's past two schedules -- the Buckeyes have played Southern California and Miami, in addition to several mid-majors -- and said, "If they're not playing the Little Sisters of the Poor, they're playing the Little Brothers."

He added: "Maybe President Gee doesn't go to the games of the teams that are not in his Big Ten, but he's playing some easy marks."

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte also stepped into the fray.

"We only worry about our house and what we do at TCU," he said. "I'll put our record up against anybody."

GEORGIA TECH: The school is still selling tickets from its 8,000 allotment for Saturday's game at Georgia. Georgia Tech is selling its tickets, priced at $75, online only at www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets. Spokesman Dean Buchan said Wednesday "a few" tickets were still available.

Oregon: The school says allegations of impropriety surrounding LaMichael James and a vehicle he had been driving are unfounded. Questions arose after a tip that James was driving a sports utility vehicle that he borrowed from a friend. The school says the friend is not an Oregon booster or an agent.

LAWSUIT: Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is suing ESPN Inc. and a public relations firm allegedly hired by Craig James for libel and slander.

The suit claims the network's coverage of Leach's firing last year was "willful and negligent defamation" and that it failed to "retract false and damaging statements" it made from "misinformation" James provided to ESPN.

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