Should Wisconsin retire Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44? Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal thinks so. And, I agree. Kaminsky was a transcendental player who took this program to heights it hadn’t seen in generations.
OK, we have another opinion in the endless debate on if players should be paid. This time, it’s ex-Michigan LB Jake Ryan weighing in. And he doesn’t think players should get any loot. “If (someone is) a winning coach, so be it, pay them what you think,” Ryan said to Matt Shepard of WDFN. With the whole paying student-athletes thing, you’re getting an education. You’re getting a Michigan degree, that’s what I got. You get that throughout your four or five years and I think that’s perfect. You work hard towards that, that’s what I worked hard towards. “That, and
Proof that time flies: This will be Pat Fitzgerald's 10th season at the helm in Evanston. And, it has been an interesting ride. Check out Tom Dienhart's Q&A with Fitzgerald inside.
The best way to describe Northwestern’s NFL draft success the last 10 years? Modest. The Wildcats have produced just 11 picks—with one first-round selection (Luis Castillo, 2005).
Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker declared for the NBA draft last week. Is Michigan’s Caris LeVert next? For now, he’s still in fact-finding mode. He’s also in a walking boot until May. Is he REALLY ready for the NBA? I guess I don’t think so. The underclassman entry deadline is April 26. LeVert said after the season that he’ll weigh his decision right up until that date. The NBA Draft Combine will be held until May 12-17 and is followed by draft entrants being invited for individual workouts with NBA teams. *** On this same subject … this just in: Yogi Ferrell
There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star
Few Big Ten schools can match the production that Nebraska has had in the NFL draft the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers have had 37 picks—almost four per draft. And the program also has had four first-rounders. The most prolific position has been defensive back with 11 selections. The offensive line and linebacker (each with seven picks) also have been production positions for producing pros in Lincoln. Nebraska will add to its impressive array of NFL draftees April 30-May 2, with end Randy Gregory projecting as a high first-round pick. Other Cornhuskers who should be selected are wideout Kenny Bell,
Four Big Ten teams held closed out their spring on Saturday, and five more do the same this weekend. As a result, there's a lot of football news in Tom Dienhart's Monday Big Ten links.
New Nebraska coach Mike Riley gets it. It’s all about the football at Nebraska. Always has been, and it always will be. That’s why he’s here.
Digging through my mail bag, looking for questions and queries to answer with spring football in full gear and basketball now in our rear-view mirror. Keep those cards and letters coming.