Friday YouTube Fun

Sure, there's not much football news out there...but that doesn't mean we can't have some fun.

Mr. Big Shot punks Kobe:


Michigan game-winning field goals:


And this last one just because I think its pretty cool.

500kV switch being opened:

Still Kicking

I'm still here. Sorry to have been pretty much MIA from this site for the past week. Real life and work life have been keeping me more than busy lately. And since football news has almost grinded to a complete halt, I thought I'd just take some time off from the usual posting to focus on other things.

Rest assured, I am still around and still reading all the latest headlines. I guess while we're here we'll take this opportunity to drop a few links on what has been going on.

• Senior RB Kevin Grady went to jail for 7 days for violating his probation from last year's drunk driving extravaganza. He was released 2 days early, possibly for good behavior. But this throws into question his future with the program.

• Redshirt freshman guard Kurt Wermers is not going to return for his sophomore/freshman season. Not sure why. Possibly because he wasn't going to be seeing the field anytime soon and that just didn't sit well with the young man.

• WR Tony Clemons is headed to Colorado.

• Not surprisingly, tOSU leads the Big Ten in recruiting violations. Of the 21 total violations by the Big Ten in 2007-2008, 13 of those were committed by tOSU. Apparently, no one in Columbus is concerned. Move along people, nothing to see here.

• For 2010, Michigan Stadium will feature wider seats. Part of the renovation calls for, among other things, wider isles, handrails and wider seats. Apparently, this will cause a 1 year (2009) surplus of seats that need to be filled for just one season before they vanish for 2010. 4,000 to 5,000 seats will be sold as part of a one-year-only season ticket package. Each seat will cost you $400 for the season. That's the regular price for an 8-game season package. Tickets can be purchased from mgoblue dot com.

• And finally, the self-righteous folks at Notre Dame have decided they really didn't like Charlie Weis's 2007 season as head coach. ND went 3-9 that year. Apparently, they left out that little jewel in their latest edition of the football media guide (spring prospectus) in Weis's year-by-year bio section. Maybe they should omit his salary from that season from his bank account too.

This is Why Newspapers are Losing to Blogs

Detroit Free Press headline of an AP article about Greg Paulus choosing to go to Syracuse:
Greg Paulus picks Syracuse over U-M
Whoa! Really?? I should click on that. So I do. And in the article...nowhere does it mention anything about Paulus choosing Syracuse OVER Michigan. And you know why? Because he didn't. Michigan wasn't in the running because they weren't interested.

Greg Paulus is returning home to Syracuse to play football.

The former Duke point guard, who acknowledged meeting with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez about playing for the Wolverines, says he’s enrolling in graduate school at Syracuse and will try to make a comeback in football for the Orange.

The decision announced today ends a month of speculation whether the one-time star high school quarterback from Syracuse would resume his football career.

As well as talking to U-M, Paulus worked out for the Green Bay Packers in April and visited Nebraska.

The three-year starting guard graduated from Duke earlier this month. He has one season of eligibility remaining and can play immediately if he receives a waiver from the NCAA.

Once again, another reason why I don't feel bad about newspapers dropping like flies.

Update: The Free Press has since updated the article's headline and has expanded on the story. If you look at the article's URL, you'll still see the original headline text. Link.

Thursday News

• Greg Paulus, once considered a Michigan QB hopeful, is going to become a Syracuse Orangeman this season.

• If you have a couple extra bucks laying around and nothing to do tonight, you could swing by The Standard Club in downtown Chicago tonight around 7PM and attend the 77th annual Sports-O-Rama, an event put on by the UofM Club of greater Chicago. Head football coach Rich Rodriguez, men's basketball coach John Beilein, AD Bill Martin will be attending.

Rodriguez was in DC a couple days ago speaking to alumni at an event. Someone had their camera rolling...and we must embed.



• The first of what will be many previews of Michigan's first opponent (Western Michigan) appeared yesterday on Varsity Blue. Here's to 2009 opponent previews in May!

• So how bad does Delaware State want to play Michigan this season? Get this. In order to schedule Michigan for 2009, they had a actually forfeit a previously scheduled game. The opponent was North Carolina A&T. And yes, before you ask...this is a conference opponent. So just for the opportunity to play at the Big House, Delaware State is going to start the season 0-1 in conference play.

At some point college football is just going to implode on itself. This is still a ways off. But stories like this are disheartening.

• OL Seantrel Henderson (6-8, 301), the nations #1 overall recruit according to Rivals dot com, apparently "loved" his recent recruiting visit to Ann Arbor. Sure he's got the attention (and offers) from just about every other major college football program including tOSU, USC, ND, Florida, Oregon, FSU, UCLA, Iowa and Wisconsin. But word is, Michigan is his favorite school so far. He plans on making his announcement next January at the Army Bowl.

Futility Against The Buckeyes

Well folks, this day has been circled on Buckeye's fans calendars since we left Columbus last November. It has been exactly 2000 days since Michigan has beaten tOSU in football. I was going to just bury my head in the sand and not mention anything about it today, but instead I'll go the other route and dive right into Michigan's recent futility against the nuts from mid-Ohio.

When you think about it, or even if you don't think about it, 2000 days is really a long time, but only 5 of those days are the ones we care about. The 1995 other days are spent listening to Buckeye fans howl about how awesome and amazing they are. But the worst part is, we can't say anything back.

Sure, we lead the all-time series 57-42-6. But if you just take the games from 1950 until now, tOSU leads us 30-27-2. Not domination by any stretch, but it does shed some light into just how great Michigan was when none of us were alive. It wasn't until the 16th meeting in 1919 when tOSU finally chalked up a win.

But since the BCS era started in 1998, Michigan is 3-8 against tOSU. There is no question that the Buckeye's have been dominant in this series in the last 11 years. Michigan basically ruled the 80's and 90's...but since then...not so much.

Why is this?

I will attribute about 70% of it to sweater-vest. He has turned them into a legitimate contender almost every year since becoming coach in 2000. The day John Cooper was fired was a sad day for Michigan fans. Since then Jim Tressel has owned Michigan. From the very beginning of his tenure, he has made beating Michigan his single biggest goal each year. And frankly, even though I think a coach shouldn't pin his entire career on one game, this scheme has worked wonders for Sir Teflon. His speech in front of the home crowd at halftime of the tOSU-Michigan basketball game in January of 2001 cemented his legacy.
I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the football field.
Well, at least we was right with 1/3 of that statement. Classroom and community aren't really that important in Columbus. All that matters is the win-loss record on the football field.

So, if you have to, let those Buckeye's flaunt their righteousness today. They've certainly earned it...or at least have bought and paid for it. We'll get a win one of these years. I just truly hope that it won't be another 2000 days until that happpens.

Tuesday Link Dump

Varsity Blue takes exception to an awkward Freep headline...and he should.
Looks like the writers and the editors need to get together and get their facts straight.You'd think even the folks at CNN/SI would be able to see around this BS.

UMHoops is holding a player-of-the-year contest.
I suggest you stop by and make your voice heard.

Student ticket sales for 2009-2010 basketball season are way up.
Go basketball!

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg wraps up the Big Ten's spring practices
This was posted May 6th, so we apologize for just getting it up...but it's really worth a click...great info.

Sorry so short. Not much going on. We still have some ideas in the hopper. Go Blue!

College Football Recruiting Maps

We don't usually go bananas for recruiting...I mean sure we'll take notice when a prospect gives Michigan his verbal, and signing day is always fun...but that's about it for our "coverage". But I had to post this. Penn State blog Zombie Nation found this and posted it. Google maps application for tracking recruits from every conference. Plus I just wanted to embed a custom Google map in my post.


View Big Ten Recruiting, 2010 in a larger map

To see recruits from other conferences, just click the magic guy in the Gulf of Mexico.

News Update: "I really want to be like a great quarterback" Edition

• Former Michigan LB and former Pittsburgh Steeler Larry Foote has signed a 1-year deal to play for the Detroit Lions.

• All 25 of Michigan's varsity sports scored above the NCAA's mark of 925 points for their Academic Progress Rate. What is the APR? According to UofM: "Point system based on eligibility and retention of each student-athlete and are comprised of weighted averages from four-year rolling cycles."

• tOSU QB Terrelle Pryor sat down with every Michigan fan's favorite ESPN on-air personality Kirk Herbstreit on College Football Live last night to discuss, among other things, how many mistakes he made as a freshman, how people always tell him he sucks, and how Michigan players e-mail him.



If you caught the episide live, you then you also saw/heard the commentary of some idiot who thinks that TP is maybe the best college football QB ever...and is "the LeBron James of college football".

Okay.

• Speaking of ESPN, Ivan Maisel has a nice write up on Michigan senior RB Brandon Minor. It's a very nice piece. Must read.

2009 Big Ten Coaches Hot Seat - Part 2

Part 1 is here.


Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern
4th Season

2006: 4-8
2007: 6-6
2008: 9-4
Total: 19-18

Any time there is talk, even if its just an old coot in State College, PA...whenever there is talk of shaking up the conference by either adding a team of dropping a team, the fine folks at Northwestern are usually on the edge of their seat. But to their credit, this conversation has been going on since the early 90's when we added Penn State...and they've made it this far.

But what Pat Fitzgerald has been able to to accomplish is nothing short of miraculous in Evanston. Over the three years of his head coaching career, he's shown steady improvement each year. A 9 win season is good for pretty much any Big Ten school...but 9 wins at Northwestern...that's something.

But 2008 was more than just a good coaching year for Fitzgerald. 2008 marked his entry into the College Football Hall of Fame. That, coupled with his obvious over achievement in coaching, is pretty much ensured that NU's greatest son is safe at home for quite a while.

I expect 2009 to probably not go as great as 2008 did, but the scheduling Gods have smiled on NU this year with no Michigan or tOSU on the schedule (although they might want to play Michigan again after last year), and the non-conf schedule is typically weak as usual.

Important Games in 09:
9/19 @ Syracuse
10/17 @ Michigan State
10/31 PENN STATE
11/7 @ Iowa

Hotness Meter: Safe for Now


Jim Tressel - Ohio State
9th Season

2001: 7-5
2002: 14-0
2003: 11-2
2004: 8-4
2005: 10-2
2006: 12-1
2007: 11-2
2008: 10-3
Total: 73-16

Forget his first year, since then he's gone 76-14. Damn you Tressel!

As much as I hate this guy, I have to respect the fashion in which he has basically made the Big Ten his personal whipping boy. Timing is certainly on his side, as he had made tOSU a juggernaut when basically the rest of the conference has been running into walls trying to figure out how to play football.

I won't hide it, I think he's a total jackass. He has had a track record of skeptical recruiting behavior. He has been able to skirt any and all "questionable" treatment of his players from other coaches and/or football boosters. It is my biased and slanted view that Tressel is maybe the biggest liability to the Big Ten conference. I believe that in time, his antics will be brought into light and he will have to face the music sooner or later.

That all being said, he's a God in Ohio, and probably gets more write-in votes than anyone else whenever the governor is up for re-election. Forget all this "he can't win the big one" talk. As long as he keeps playing in "big ones", he's not going anywhere...anytime soon.

Important Games in 09:
9/12 USC
11/7 @ Penn State
11/21 @ Michigan

Hotness Meter: Safe for Now

Joe Paterno - Penn State
44rd Season

(I'd list his season-by-season records...but I just don't care that much)

Total: 383-127-3

It's not really true or fair to call Joe Paterno the head coach at Penn State anymore. Now-a-days, he's more of a figurehead, or a front-man for the program. If you want to ice the recruiting cake, just send Paterno into the living room of a prospect's home...done.

I guess we could put Galen Hall and Tom Bradley into this mix as well. They served as co-head coaches in 2006 when JoPa sustained an injury in the Wisconsin game. Hall is the OC for Penn State. He's been there since 04, and graduated from PSU in 61. Since his arrival Penn State has been a force to reckoned with offensively. 2005 and 2008 were exceptionally great seasons.

But the coaching fraternity at Penn State is pretty much set for a while. Joe isn't going anywhere, and his assistants are blindly loyal...which has turned out to be a good thing. The only threat to all of the head coaches at Penn State is the players inability to stay out of trouble or to stop getting caught smoking pot all the time.

Important Games in 09:
9/26 IOWA
10/24 @ Michigan
11/7 tOSU
11/21 @ Michigan State

Hotness Meter: Safe for Ever

Danny Hope - Purdue
1st Season

No more Tiller. This Michigan fan is both happy and sad to see him go. Happy in that he wasn't such a big fan of us either, and sad because Purdue has basically been a mediocre disappointment during his administration.

Danny Hope starts his tenure at Purdue with the offensive cupboard pretty much bare. QB Curtis Painter is gone, backup QB Justin Siller was booted off the team, and RB Kory Sheets is gone as well.

2009 will likely amount to a rebuilding year in West Lafayette. Given the lack of production in Tiller's last year as coach, and the offensive leaders of the team gone...expectations will be quite low for the new coach. But he has a long coaching resume that includes assistant gigs at Louisville, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Purdue, Louisville again and a head coaching job at Eastern Kentucky from 03-07. Last year he served as assistant head coach and OL coach for the Boilermakers.

Important Games in 09:
9/5 TOLEDO (his first game as HC)
9/12 @ Oregon
9/26 NOTRE DAME
10/17 tOSU
11/7 @ Michigan

Hotness Meter: Safe for Now

Bret Bielema - Wisconsin
4th Season

2006: 12-1
2007: 9-4
2008: 7-6
Total: 28-11

FWIW, I laughed for a good three days when Michigan knocked off Wisconsin in Ann Arbor last season.

I know Beilema is a better coach than he showed in 2008. But his steady decline since 2006 is something of a concern for Badger fans. In his rookie season, he showed that he could compete with Alverez's players, but since then Wisconsin has veered off course. And if recruiting is any gauge for things to come, the future is not looking very bright in Madison.

I expected last season to be a nice feather in the young coaches cap, but he struggled to get through the meat of his schedule losing 4 straight to Michigan on the road, tOSU, Penn State and then at Iowa. They beat the other mediocre teams in conference, and slept-walked through their laughable non-conf foes (aside from Fresno State). But then got trounced by Florida State in the meaningless Champs Sports Bowl.

Bielema is one...maybe two more .500 seasons away from a forced departure. A New Years Day bowl and a win over an elite Big Ten foe will help him stick around. But Wisconsin fans are far too tired of being the best of the rest of the Big Ten.

Important Games in 09:
9/12 FRESNO STATE
10/3 @ Minnesota
10/10 @ tOSU
11/14 MICHIGAN

Hotness Meter: Needs a Good Year

Pryor's Ink, Penn State's Pot

 
Yes, that is a tattoo of the tOSU block-O and nuts on his arm. I'm not 100% sure what that hand sign means, or what the lumberjack uniforms are all about, but I think it has something to do with being outside in the sun and cutting down 3 trees.

Also in the news, there seems to be nothing that can keep the pot out of Penn State's players apartments. I've heard that State College is not the most exciting place in the world...or even Pennsylvania for that matter, but why can't Penn State's players stop smoking pot?

2009 Big Ten Coaches Hot Seat - Part 1

Ahh, it's that magical time of year again! Time to dust off that old steno pad and see who's been naughty and see who's been nice. Welcome, my friends to the 2009 edition of the Big Ten Coaches Hot Seat!

For a fuller, more richer user-experience, we have color-coded the hotness of each coach's seat...

Safe for Now: Not getting fired, can have an off-year and still be okay.
Needs a Good Year: Not getting fired, but needs to improve from 08.
Needs a Great Year: 2009 could be the end if things don't get better fast
Dead Man Walking: Probably won't make it through 2009

Last year we started this little endeavor (part 1 - part 2) and as it turned out, was quite a fun little way to kill a few days of the most boring part of the off-season. So without further adieu, let's have a look at the first 6 coaches (in school alphabetical order, of course) for the 2009 season.


Ron Zook - Illinois
5th Season

2005: 2-9
2006: 2-10
2007: 9-4
2008: 5-7
Total: 18-30

Last year we though Zook was pretty safe at Illinois for the foreseeable future. 2007 was a pretty good season in Champaign, and everyone was pretty high on him, especially with Juice Williams coming back at QB. The big upset of tOSU in Columbus was a banner win for the young program, and Zook was named the 2007 Big Ten coach of the year. But as it turned out, 08 was not as kind. It seems Rashard Mendenhall was pretty vital to that offense.

But Zook does bring a pretty decent recruiting record to Illinois, and 2008 was no slouch. His 08 class ranked #17 according to Rivals.com. And while this blogger has never shied away from his feelings that Zook may not exactly be the most ethical recruiter in the Big Ten, I really can't say much without knowing for sure if any rules have been broken...which of course has never been reported.

His current contract goes until 2013. I think the heat might be starting to get turned up by the fans in Champaign this year. A very nice 07 turned into a big letdown in 08. Juice Williams is a senior, and it is time to deliver some results. If 09 is not a drastic improvement over 08, expect fireronzook dot com to explode.

Important Games in 09:
9/5 @ Missouri
9/26 @ tOSU
10/3 PENN STATE
10/31 MICHIGAN
11/28 @ Cincinnati

Hotness Meter: Needs a Great Year



Bill Lynch - Indiana
3rd Season

2007: 7-6
2008: 3-9
Total: 10-15

Indiana is just not synonymous with football...and for a good reason...they grow basketball players in Indiana, nothing else. The University of Indiana is just not a kind place for football coaches. First of all, you're consistently playing in the shadow of Assembly Hall, and secondly, did I mention that the state of Indiana is not known for football for a reason?

Bill Lynch, while probably one of the nicest guys in Big Ten coaching fraternity, is destined to fail at IU. His current contract takes him until 2012...but if he's smart, he'll get out way before that and head to greener coaching pastures. Why? Because at this rate, if the Big Ten were to shrink back to 10 teams, IU would certainly be one of the two teams mentioned to get the axe. Basketball would likely save them, but the world of football for the Hoosiers has not been an pleasant one.

His first year as head coach, 2007, as it turned out was a crazy-good year.. They went 7-6 and actually made it to a bowl game. 2008 was not so nice. Coming in last in the Big Ten, a year when Michigan stunk up the joint going 3-9, is really saying something. They haven't been ranked since 88, and probably haven't played a meaningful non-conf game since then either.

Oh, the cherry on top...senior leader of the Hoosiers and and most dangerous weapon, team-captain Kellen Lewis has been kicked off the team for violating team rules.

Lynch won't likely be fired this year, even if they don't win a game. Expectations are about as low as they can be. The 3-week span where they play at Michigan, home against tOSU, and then back on the road versus Virginia is going to define this season. I expect a coaching change, either by choice or by force, within 2 seasons.

Important Games in 09:
9/26 @ Michigan
10/3 TOSU
10/10 @ Virginia
11/14 @ Penn State

Hotness Meter: Needs a Great Year



Kirk Ferentz - Iowa
11th Season

1999: 1-10
2000: 3-9
2001: 7-5
2002: 11-2
2003: 10-3
2004: 10-2
2005: 7-5
2006: 6-7
2007: 6-6
2008: 9-4
Total: 70-53

Last year was exactly what the doctor ordered for Kirk Ferentz. Nine wins in Iowa City is a pretty good year. Especially when those wins include Iowa State, a huge upset of undefeated Penn State, and a big win against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on January 1st.

After 07, it seemed Ferentz was on the outs. His team just lost to Western Michigan at home to end the season...and rumors started to circulate that he was in the hunt for Michigan's open coaching gig.

But a strong 08 showed that Ferentz wasn't going anywhere. They finished 9-4 and tied for 5th in the Big Ten at 5-3. And, one of the members of Iowa's 08 recruiting class is Kirk's son James.

Every time an NFL coaching gig opens up, Ferentz's name is usually in the hat. But the recent extension of his contract until 2015 is a strong indicator that he's not going anywhere. And why should he leave, as of his current contract, he receives 2.7 million dollars a year. He's actually the highest paid state employee in Iowa.

Important Games in 09:
9/12 @ Iowa State
9/19 ARIZONA
9/26 @ Penn State
10/10 MICHIGAN
11/14 @ tOSU

Hotness Meter: Safe for Now



Rich Rodriguez - Michigan
2nd Season

2008: 3-9

Okay, 08 was not a good start for Rodriguez at Michigan. Actually, it was about as bad as it could've been. Nothing seemed to go right for the first year coach. But as we've all seen, Rodriguez's 2nd seasons are always a drastic improvement over his typically awful 1sts.

But what he's trying to do at Michigan is nothing short of a full face-lift. Rodriguez is the creator of the no huddle spread-option offense. Nowhere in the world would it be tougher to install than Michigan, which as used the pro-style set since the beginning of time. Sure, they've added some quirks, but nothing like what 2008 was like.

Going through the 2008 schedule before the season, I thought 8 wins were possible, and at least 6 would be do-able. But 3 is just not acceptable. Not at Michigan. With losses to Toledo, Northwestern, Purdue and losses to all 3 big rivals, including a 35-point pummeling in Columbus really turned up the heat on Rodriguez. It seems crazy to think that a 2nd year coach at Michigan would be in such hot water, but with great power comes great responsibility.

2010 is a put up or shut up kind of a year...09 is just a "better get to a bowl" kinda year. And while most level-headed fans will give him until at least his 3rd season to prove himself, the loud-mouth radio hosts and beat writers will be all over him if he does not at least make a bowl, and beat at least two big rivals in 2009. But if the opener against WMU goes badly, pitchfork sales in Ann Arbor will spike on September 6th.

Important Games in 09:
9/5 WESTERN MICHIGAN (How sad is it that this is a big game?!)
9/12 NOTRE DAME (duh!)
10/3 @ Michigan State (duh!)
10/24 PENN STATE
11/21 TOSU (duh!)

Hotness Meter: Needs a Good Year


Mark Dantonio - Michigan State
3rd Season

2007: 7-6
2008: 9-4
Total: 16-10

I'll set aside my pure hatred for Dantonio to try and give a good honest review of his career thus far in East Lansing.

Mark Dantonio did exactly what he needed to do in 2008. Nine wins, a win on the road in Ann Arbor, and beating every team he was supposed to beat are pretty much all you need to do to keep the couch-burning, Natural Light-drinking Sparty faithful happy.

Its funny how a win against Big Brother can mask two horribly lopsided defeats against the brass of the conference, tOSU (45-7) and Penn State (49-18). A big win in Ann Arbor is nice, but that kind of happiness is fickle when Sparty Nation starts wanting more. It's not just good enough to win 8 or 9 games, when those 3 or 4 losses always include either Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State...and usually a good non-conf opponent.

It's Dantonio's job to bring Michigan State into the upper-level of the conference. And that simply isn't going to happen in he continues to put all of his proverbial "eggs" into the Michigan basket. Sure a rivalry is nice, but double-digit win seasons are the priority. Michigan State fans are tired of being little brother. The last time Michigan State was Big Ten champs was the Bush administration...the first Bush administration, 1990. And they haven't won a bowl game since 2001.

I'd say Dantonio is safe. He's talking the talk, and showing that he can kinda walk the walk. But he's got a little ways to go. But Sparty is happy with him, and I can say with all honesty that the rest of the Big Ten is taking them a lot more seriously than they did in the glory days of John L. Smith.

Important Games in 09:
9/19 @ Notre Dame
10/3 MICHIGAN
10/24 IOWA
11/21 PENN STATE

Hotness Meter: Safe for Now



Tim Brewster - Minnesota
3rd Season

2007: 1-11
2008: 7-6

Well, last year we said that Brewster had nowhere to go but up...and he did. The Gophers started out 2008 7-1. A great start for a team that just sucked in 2007.

Minnesota broke into the top 25 after beating Illinois on the road, and then hit #20 after winning at Purdue the week after. They probably should have beat Northwestern, and certainly should have played better against Michigan...but still, a winning season at Minnesota after going 1-11 is nothing to scoff at.

Honest expectations for 09 are probably going to be on-par with the results of 08. If he can tack a couple more wins of the record this year and make a New Year's Day bowl, he'll solidify himself to be in Minneapolis for a while to come.

Important Games in 09:
9/12 AIR FORCE
9/19 CAL
10/17 @ Penn State
10/24 @ tOSU
11/21 @ Iowa

Hotness Meter: Safe for Now


Stay tuned for part 2...

***Correction***
I had stated that Minnesota was the only team to win all of their regular season non-conf games. Northwestern and Penn State did as well. I have deleted this comment from the Tim Brewster section.

Monday Link-a-Thon

Playing a little catch up with last weeks and this past weekend's news...

Michigan at Wisconsin outdoor hockey game tickets go on sale today
It must be tough to know that Michigan is going to make your outdoor hockey game look like a pee-wee game next year.
Michigan's latest WR commit is versatile
And averages 44.2 return yards per kickoff.
Minnesota loses 3 football scholarships
Their ARP goes from 927 to 887.
Lou Holtz gives a motivational speech in metro Detroit
Doctor Lou is taking his act on the road.
Wolverine vs. Wolverines
James Earl Jones is still cooler than Hugh Jackman.

And finally, we can not let a week go by where we don't mention something about Greg Paulus...so this week, we feature the Greg Paulus "2009 Restore the Glory" World Tour t-shirt, brought to to you by the fine folks over at ESPN dot com's Page 2...(click image for larger version)