"This is really important to be here," Lewan said. "I'm here to give back and help out my teammate."
I checked the Barry Alvarez coaching tree and unless Barry pulls a Bill Snyder and returns to the sidelines himself (not a totally absurd notion), I think we may see Brad Childress on the Wisconsin sideline next year.
Out of left field I admit.
With that Butch Davis back in the picture and Tuberville slapping graduate assistants live, starting a player straight out of jail or making cracks at an opposing players height isn't an issue anymore. Or ever was, according to some MSU fans.
Also, Dantonio probably knows by now he's at a huge recruiting disadvantage with Hoke and Meyer offering every elite player in sight, and if Bielema can get hired at 3 million plus a year, he's not gonna be there much longer.
Odds on him opening 2014 as MSU's coach? If not what school could fire their HC next year look for a defensive minded coach?
Ohio is going to own that division next year at least. Is it pretty much guaranteed they re-do the divisions in 2014 now?
In a stunning coup, Arkansas will hire Wisconsin's Bret Bielema as its next football coach, Yahoo! Sports has learned.
Bielema, who has taken the Badgers to three straight Rose Bowls, was nowhere on the radar amid months of speculation over who Arkansas would hire.
An announcement will come today, sources told Y! Sports, but Bielema is not expected to be introduced until Wednesday.
SportBusiness Journal releases its seventh annual breakdown of the gift packages players receive for their participation in postseason bowl games. Article here.
From the article:
The NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. Schools can, and almost always do, buy additional packages that they can distribute to participants beyond that 125 limit. In addition, participants can receive awards worth up to $400 from the school and up to $400 from the conference for postseason play, covering both conference title games and any bowl game.
This season, Michigan's Outback Bowl bound participants will receive a $150 Best Buy gift card, a Fossil watch, ring, and cap, as well as an Outback Steakhouse gift card.
Also interesting, to me at least, is the increase in the number of players who are choosing to select gifts for family members and other close friends:
When we were at the Alabama-Texas BCS championship game in 2010, one of the Alabama players came to me and said he wanted to select the watch with the bowl logo, but asked if we could fit it to someone else,” said Cooperstein, who was running the gift suite on behalf of the Rose Bowl committee. “I wasn’t quite sure what he meant, but he disappeared and came back a few minutes later with his grandfather in a wheelchair and said he wanted to give his bowl watch to him. It was a very emotional experience for everyone.”
I have been having Simon and Garfunkel's song the Sound of Silence running thru my head for a couple of weeks now, not sure why. Last night I had a restless night and the song kept coming at me but the words were different.
Today I wrote them down, the tune is the same so just use that as a guide. I hope this can take it out of my head. I know it isn't perfect but it needed to come out.
Hello Michigan, my old friend
I've come to cheer for you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sounds of football
In linemen’s dreams we ran it well
Come hi’gh water or fiery hell
We beat them underneath the lights
This year we didn’t win the fight
When the ulnar nerve was hit by the huskers just right
That ruined that night
And touched the sound of football
And in the glaring light I saw
Hundred thousand people, maybe more
People cheering without shouting
Students paying without watching
Bloggers writing words about things that I don’t care
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of football
"Fools", said I, "You do not know
Off season like a cancer grows
Victors valiant that I might hear
Conquering hero’s that I might cheer
But my words, like schadenfreude fell
In the wells of football
And Jim Delany go’t paid
By league that he had made
And the blog flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the blog said, "The words of the coaches are written on the stadium walls
And Shembechler hall”
And whispered in the sounds of football