In the ever-hyper climate of sensitivity to injury, the Pac-12 is doing something unique by using injury spotters during football games. This report from the Associated Press says injury spotters will closely watch every play and have the ability to rewind, pause, zoom and change camera angles to evaluate players for possible injuries. The spotters will be able to directly communicate with coaches and medical staff. What league will be next? *** Nebraska has named its captains for 2015. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong, wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp and offensive tackle Alex Lewis were elected from the offense. Defensive end Jack Gangwish,
Get ‘em while they’re hot: Michigan football season tickets. Oops. They already are sold out. The athletic department released information for two separate football ticket packages earlier this week, and also announced that full season tickets for the 2015 season are no longer available for purchase. The deadline to join the 2015 interest list passed April 30, Earlier in April, Mlive.com says interim athletic director Jim Hackett spoke about the return of Michigan’s season ticket waiting list, something that had been absent from the program for roughly seven years. All of the school’s 81 luxury boxes have been sold out,
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a story on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, another story on why one former football coach doesn't have a stake in his old team roster's academic success, and a handful of other headlines from around the Big Ten. Dive in.
Roll this around your noggin: Is the Indiana job still “elite”? Colin Cowherd and Dan Dakich debated. My take: Yes, the job not only is elite—but it’s one of the top jobs across sports, along with gigs like coaching the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Notre Dame football, among other sweet jobs. *** More hoops: Brendan F. Quinn of Mlive.com has an offseason evaluation of Michigan wing Caris LeVert. Quinn says LeVert’s lost junior season sets up a crucial senior season. Thanks in part to LeVert missing the final 14 games and leaving his NBA draft stock up to assumptions
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has some good leftover notes for the recent Big Ten AD meetings. Among the topics: future site of the Big Ten football title game. Despite the league’s weather-tested image, don’t expect administrators to consider an outdoor facility. Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said a cold-weather game has too many disadvantages for both the teams and the league. “I’d have a hard time voting for a game outside. I really would,” Alvarez said. “I know purists say, ‘Hey football is supposed to be played outside.’ But one reason, I don’t want the elements to
The SEC’s hissy fit over satellite camps is making it look a bit absurd, says Nick Baumgardner of Mive.com. “If we’re going to compete for the championship and everybody is going to play in the playoff system and everybody is going to compete for that, we need to get our rules in alignment so we’re all on a level playing field, whether they’re transfer rules, whether they’re satellite camp rules,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters this week in Florida. “It’s a disadvantage not to be able to do something in one league and be able to do it in
Mlive.com has 10 things Michigan State fans can look forward to in 2015. I am intrigued by who will start at tailback. Mike Griffith of Mlive.com says Gerald Holmes and Madre London battled for the pole position coming out of spring drills, and incoming freshman LJ Scott is expected to enter the competition the moment he steps on campus. Delton Williams remains suspended indefinitely, so who starts in the opener is one of the more compelling questions. *** The honeymoon for new Nebraska coach Mike Riley continues. Backslaps for everyone in Lincoln! But know this: The first game is Sept.
The Big Ten had spring meetings last week, where a number of topics were discussed. One looked at more balance in future football schedules. Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says the athletics directors’ discussion highlighted the Big Ten’s challenges of scheduling with a larger conference and an odd number of games. “Just make sure we’re applying a common set of standards and maintain things like home-and-away balance and east-west balance and marquee matchups and that sort of thing,” Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass said. “I think the scheduling guys do a great job. We have to help give
I usually agree with Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com. But I don’t on this: He thinks the College Football Playoff should stay at four teams. I think it should expand to at least six—with the champ of each Power Five league getting a bid and the final bid going to a “wild card.” I laugh when folks argue that expanding the playoff would be too much wear and tear on the players. My retort: They have had multiple-round and multiple-team playoffs in Divisions II and III and FCS for years. How have those players managed to survive? To wit: North Dakota
NFL.com has a couple of nice lists. One is of the Top 15 Heisman contenders for 2016. Hello, Ohio State quarterbacks. The other is of the Top 15 defensive players. Hello, Joey Bosa. *** Dan Duggan of NJ.com posed five questions for Rutgers football prior to spring ball. Now, he answers them. Question No. 1 was if a quarterback would emerge. And, of course, none did. *** The great Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette took a look at trophy runs, in which teams rush to an opponent’s sideline to seize a trophy after winning a game. I hope