This is a great time of year, with March Madness in full swing and spring football rolling. So, it’s a good time to reach into my mail bag. Here we go! Do you think Michigan State can win the national title? – Richard Cobb You have to like the Spartans’ chances to at least reach the Final Four for the first time since 2010. Tom Izzo’s team is playing well, winning six of its last seven games. And the lone loss was an overtime defeat to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship tilt. Michigan State is deep and motivated. If
It is no secret that Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is quite a rock star on social media. In fact, the Wolverines’ head coach recently took to Twitter and threw out a complimentary tweet to Madonna, who is a Michigan native. [ MORE: Tune into Michigan’s Spring Football Game at noon ET on April 4 ] Harbaugh’s tweet is referring to Madonna falling down a small flight of stairs at the 2015 Brit Awards, which took place back on Feb. 25 at the O2 in London. BTN College Football Analyst Gerry DiNardo recently caught up with Harbaugh and asked him
So, it sounds like Michigan's Legends Jerseys, a staple under Brady Hoke, are no more. pic.twitter.com/FZ5eNryUzJ — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 23, 2015 Pretty much any time a new coach is hired, fans should expect some kind of cosmetic changes, big or small. For example, Michigan introduced the Legends Jerseys, which honored Michigan legends, during the Brady Hoke tenure in Ann Arbor. There was Devin Gardner, who went from No. 12 to No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon, and there was Devin Funchess, who went from No. 19 to No. 87 – before becoming No. 1 in his last season
Michigan offensive lineman Jack Miller is passing up his final season of eligibility. A team spokesman says Miller wants to focus on his studies and pursue business opportunities.
Jim Harbaugh is a busy guy. Between coaching football and tweeting Judge Judy, the new Michigan football coach is staying busy.
No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
RT @CoachJim4UM: Big Congrats to Judge Judy on signing her contract extension thru 2020 from a Devout Fan! pic.twitter.com/sFJL6f6FDm — Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 3, 2015 One doesn’t rack up nearly 200,000 Twitter followers in a little more than two months without providing unique takes. Jim Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) has done just that since rejoining Twitter upon his hire late last year at Michigan. And it’s a big reason why he immediately became the Big Ten’s second-most followed coach, behind rival Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer). On Tuesday afternoon, he delighted social media again with this tweet congratulating Judge Judy on her contract
Which college football program is the best top to bottom? It’s reigning national champ Ohio State, according to Sporting News’ Matt Hayes. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Ohio State spring preview ] Hayes put the Buckeyes atop his top 10 program rankings, ahead of national powers Texas and USC. The list is a who’s who of college football, as one might expect, and it also includes another Big Ten team: Michigan, at No. 6. With two schools, the Big Ten is tied with the Pac-12 (USC and Oregon) for second-most teams on the list, behind the SEC’s three (LSU, Florida
Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”