Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 23, 2015

Oh, boy: The satellite camp debate won?t end. What does Alabama coach Nick Saban think of them: ?ridiculous.? The mere fact Saban feels this way makes me think these camps are OK.

"If we're all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?" Saban told yesterday. "I mean we're not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we're going to have satellite camps all over the country. So it doesn't really make sense."

On that note, Nebraska is working on a satellite camp in Atlanta. notes that the Huskers will work the June 15 Georgia State camp in the Atlanta area. GSU hosts the camp and collects the $50 proceeds from all prospects who want to attend while a couple NU coaches instruct the camp and get a look at many area prospects all at once.


How often do I get the chance to include Rush Limbaugh in my daily links? Exactly. So, when I get the chance to do so, I sure as heck seized it. Limbaugh chimes in on Jim Harbaugh?s stance that football is the "last bastion of hope for toughness" in American males.

God, I love Harbaugh.


The power of Sparty. How else to explain a surge in Western Michigan season tickets? You see, Michigan State opens the season playing the Broncos in Kalamazoo.


Look who spoke to the Ohio State grid team yesterday: Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert-a Michigan State grad.

The owner of the Cavaliers, as well as the founder of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, Gilbert spoke to the team for about an hour about the culture in his companies. According to an OSU news release, Gilbert advised players to "take the roast out of the oven," which means make a decision whether it's right or wrong.


There have been some big crowds at spring game so far. And Rutgers coach Kyle Flood expects a record crowd to watch his Scarlet Knights in their upcoming game.

"I think it's going to be a tremendous atmosphere under the lights," said Flood, whose team will play Friday, 7:30 p.m., at High Point Solutions Stadium.?I think we'll have the best crowd we've ever had for a spring game, which is exciting to me. To have the dueling DJs that will be playing throughout the event, the entire pregame setup for before the game as the students get out of school, other people get off work on a Friday and come over and start tailgating, it will be a tremendous atmosphere."

The Rutgers spring game airs live on BTN – here's the link to watch it on BTN2Go. notes that attendance for the Scarlet-White scrimmage has only toppled 20,000 fans twice before - 20,114 in 2010 and over 21,000 in 2013 - but Flood is optimistic for a memorable atmosphere in what the program is billing as "Friday Knight Lights."


It is good to be James Franklin, who gets to throw out the first pitch in a Yankees game next Tuesday.


Should Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon stay at Indiana ? or go?

Ferrell probably has reached his ceiling and can?t gain much for returning for his senior year. Blackmon could use more seasoning coming off a good debut season. Each is projected as a second-round choice. What?s this all mean? That they should return to Bloomington-in my humble opinion. If both are back, it could make for a very good IU team in 2015-16.


My former Sporting News colleague Eric Edholm (aka the "Shutdown Corner for Yahoo! Sports") has a nice look at Iowa o-lineman Brandon Scherff and the crop of interior linemen available in the NFL draft. The Hawkeyes stud may move inside to guard at the next level.

*** has a good two-part Q&A with ex-Northwestern star Drew Crawford.

As the kicker states: Crawford dishes on his first experiences as a pro, an opportunity to play in Israel that he nearly took, and grueling late night bus rides in the NBA Developmental League. I loved watching this guy. John Shurna, too.


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