this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
CORRUPT BIG TEN ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS
Ohio State, (Pending a necissary Terelle Pryor Investigation)
Penn State, CHECK
Notable Quoteable: "I don't know how to even send a text message. I don't even have a computer." -Joe Paterno
Larry Foote had nothing but good things to say...
Foote on WDFN: Rodriguez building dynasty, Barwis a freak
by Jonathan Oosting | MLive.comFriday July 25, 2008, 6:08 PM
Former University of Michigan linebacker Larry Foote spent hisoffseason working out in Ann Arbor with the new Rich Rodriguez regime,and he liked what he saw.
"It's gonna be a different team this year," he said Friday toWDFN-AM's Stoney and Wojo on their annual Radiothon. "They still need alittle more talent, but they're going to shock a lot of people thisyear just by the mental and physical conditioning they're doing."
"I'm telling you, it's going to be a dynasty created."
Foote, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers inthe NFL, was joined in Ann Arbor by a number of former U-M players —including Braylon Edwards, James Hall and, surprisingly, TyroneWheatley — and spent considerable time working under new strength andconditioning coach Mike Barwis.
"He's a freak," Foote said of Barwis, who doggedly challenged him tobeat his running times. "He's a little nutso. He used to do theultimate fighting, so the guys got some screws loose."
Listen to the full interview to hear Foote talk about his dreamabout the Detroit Lions' record (it wasn't a nightmare), his thoughtson the Steelers' upcoming season and the Michigan State "gremlins" thatkeep messing with his phone:
Make sure you click the link and listen to the audio. THE END'S THE BEST PART!! Caw Caw!!
I'm sure it's old news that Big Robert "Tractor" Traylor is trying to make it back to the NBA, but am I the only person to learn from wikipedia just how big of an underachiever he was:
Traylor was a McDonald's All-American the same year as Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter and Paul Pierce. He attended the University of Michigan. Standing 6 feet 8 inches and packing 325 pounds, he joined a formidable front court for the Wolverines that included Maurice Taylor and Maceo Baston. That year he broke a backboard while dunking in a game against Ball State and also broke his arm in a car accident while out with teammates and potential recruit Mateen Cleaves (who ended up attending Michigan State). Traylor helped lead the Wolverines to the 1997 National Invitation Tournament title, and was named the tournament's most valuable player. His junior year was his best, as he averaged 16.2 points and 10 rebounds while leading his team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a four seed.
Traylor was one of the former Michigan players whose ties to booster Ed Martin roiled the program.
Due to NCAA violations connected to the case (principally the compromising of Traylor's amateur status), Michigan withdrew from consideration for the 2003 NCAA tournament, lost scholarships and was placed on probation. The school also forfeited every game in which Traylor played and scrubbed his records from its record book. Traylor also had to surrender his MVP award for the 1997 NIT, as well as his MVP award in the 1998 Big Ten tournament. Murray-Wright High School in Detroit, where Traylor played high school basketball, voluntarily forfeited its entire 1994-95 season (Traylor's senior season). "
He was a McDonalds all American with KG, VC, Paul Pierce, Stephon Marbury, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Chauncey Billips, and Antawn Jamison. Unbelieveable.
Tractor Traylor was good in his days at Michigan but its a little hard to believe that A, it's possible his talent was seen to be even close to those guys, B, he went 6th in the 1998 NBA Draft, and C, he was traded for Pat Garrity and Dirk Nowitzki. Even if you take Dirk out, the trade is still a steal for the Mavericks. Wow.
His life sucks. Good luck backing that thang up the Second Go-Round.
Just a sidenote, SI.com has him at #16 in all-time NBA busts. At least he's no Sam Bowie, ha.
I found this link to the new Replica Adidas Jersey. You can see the detail a bit better and this strip on the back of the collar is more prominant...it's not the exactly the same as the authentic, but you get tthe idea.