Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 1, 2015

Pardon me, Kennedys: But this is Camelot for Michigan State, right? I mean, will it ever get any better than it is right now in East Lansing with the Tom Izzo-Mark Dantonio dynamic duo? Final Fours and league titles have become the norm.

Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press says this is a giddy, glorious time for Spartan Nation - MSU fans, students and alumni - because of these coaches, the success they have built and how they have done it with so much class. To wit: The football team has finished in the top five in the country two years in a row, and now the basketball team is in the Final Four for the seventh time under Izzo. Impressive.


Good news from Penn State spring practice: RB Akeel Lynch is looking like a workhorse. And, this team needs a workhorse in the backfield.

"I think Akeel is really showing some flashes," James Franklin said. "Akeel's looking like the workhorse we thought he could be." notes that Lynch is not the Lions' only back, as redshirt freshmen Nick Scott and Mark Allen have each stood out. Now, will the line be better?


It seems everywhere we turn, there is Jim Harbaugh making news, or at least pseudo-news, with crazy shout-outs to Judge Judy, photos in Cracker Barrel rocking chairs, and an embracement of hip-hop. Yes, embracing hip-hop. It?s all in the name of attention-getting and, of course, recruiting.

Oh, and Harbaugh also has a rap name: J-Cozy.

Get used to Harbaugh, Harbaugh, Harbaugh everywhere. We still have six months until kickoff-and there are no space limits to the Internet. So, what?s next?


Did you see that blazing 40 time registered by Indiana?s Shane Wynn at a pro day? says the diminutive wide receiver was officially timed in 4.29 seconds for the 40-yard dash — which would have ranked second among all positions at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. There was a report that he clocked 4.25 in his first 40. He also had a vertical jump of 36 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 13 times. Someone is gonna pick him, right? Even though he?s 5-7, 167?


Yes, the new Nebraska staff has some personnel issues to deal with. But it has to like what it sees from the linebackers with Josh Banderas and Michael Rose-Ivey leading the way.

?They?ve been the two that have picked it up the fastest, there?s no question, and a lot of that is experience,? assistant Trent Bray said this week. ?You?ve played in games. You?ve seen stuff. You?ve kind of figured stuff out on your own just through doing it.?


Here is the latest on the Braxton Miller-Advocare Instagram photo flap. Could Miller still face an NCAA violation?

"I shouldn't comment on things I don't know about," Urban Meyer said earlier this week. "I don't know, other than they are telling me they think it's good. I think it's going to be OK. People are asking me — 'It's all good, it's done?' I don't know.

"It's been told to me that everything looks to be OK. They are just doing their due diligence and making sure."

So, it sounds like this all to do about nothing. Continue with your day.


Nice story on stud Maryland kicker Brad Craddock.

The guy won the Groza Award last year, so he doesn?t have many flaws in his game. But, he does wanna improve on kickoffs. Hey, we all need goals.


Here is some injury news from Northwestern spring drills: Justin Jackson and Christian Jones are out. No big whoop. says Jones, who sat out all of last season after tearing his ACL in fall camp, had an arthroscopic procedure on the same knee and is out for the remainder of spring practice, according to a team spokesman. Jackson, who suffered a lower body injury earlier in March, also had a "minimally invasive knee cleanup." Like Jones, he is out for the rest of spring practice, but should be ready to go in August.


I?ll leave with this feel-good video of Purdue football helping Habitat for Humanity.

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