Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 27, 2015

It?s official: Yogi Ferrell is coming back to Indiana. That means the Hoosiers can be very good next season with Ferrell, Troy Williams and James Blackmon at the core. And stud big man Thomas Bryant is arriving, too.


With the NFL draft this week, here is a nice story from Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News Gazette on Jeff George, the last Illinois player to go No. 1 in the draft.


Sports On Earth has an All-Sleeper NFL Draft team. (Yes, I was surprised, too.)

Penn State LB Mike Hull made it. So did MSU?s Jeremy Langford, Wisconsin?s Rob Havenstein and Maryland?s Stefon Diggs.


Now that Jim Harbaugh has most every coach south of the Ohio River hacked off at him for conducting satellite camps, he has invited other coaches to attend the Michigan camp. Interesting P.R. move.

Harbaugh announced that Michigan will be inviting up to two coaches from every college to attend its 2015 high school football camp from June 14-17.

"Our vision for the University of Michigan Football Camp is to bring together players and coaches in all different levels from around the country to provide maximum exposure for our great game of football," Harbaugh wrote. "In a collaborative effort, we will strive to provide the best possible experience for all campers.

"It is our goal to have representation from every football playing college in America."


More satellite camp hub-bub: Iowa?s Kirk Ferentz doesn?t like them.

Ferentz told Sirius XM radio: "The first I heard of it [satellite camps] was a Big 12 school going down to Texas," Ferentz said. "It made a lot of sense. It's an area they recruit pretty extensively. I think there's some upside to it. Quite frankly, I think it's something that should probably be eliminated. That's just my opinion. That's the next thing that needs to be addressed. I've heard people say they ought to get rid of the satellite camps, which I don't disagree with, but they haven't said the rest of it. The other loophole that's opened up recently is these on-campus camps, where you bring in a lot of guest coaches to help you. To me, I think that's the next thing that gets addressed. In my opinion, if you have a camp on your campus, it ought to be coached by your coaches, only your staff. Leave it at that, that'd be my feeling on it."


How about this: 40 of Joe Paterno?s former players have signed a plaque wanting the return of his statue.


Can Penn State?s defense be as good as it was in 2014? Hmmm. Maybe.

Bob Flounders of notes that first-team All-Big Ten tackle Anthony Zettel is back and he will pair with redshirt junior nose man Austin Johnson to give PSU arguably the best 1-2 punch in the conference and one of the best in the nation. The ends are unproven but talented, led by fifty-year senior Carl Nassib, and a pair of returning starters - redshirt junior Nyeem Wartman and third-year junior Brandon Bell - head the linebacker group that must replace All-Big Ten choice Mike Hull inside. PSU's secondary is fast and deep and it's not difficult to imagine sophomore corner Grant Haley following sophomore safety Marcus Allen's 2014 lead in becoming a true breakout performer in the Big Ten.


It?s not all glory for Ohio State football players. The players on the losing spring team had to lay mulch on Buckeye Grove. Humbling.

"It's part of the game, you win some, you lose some. You've got to pay the consequences," said Joshua Perry.

"This is awful."


Good story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on former Minnesota coach Lou Holtz, who still roots for the Gophers. Don?t you wonder how good Holtz could have made Minnesota had he stuck around more than two years?

Holtz coached Minnesota to records of 4-7 in 1984 and 6-5 in 1985 before bolting to Notre Dame before the Gophers played in the Independence Bowl. Holtz lauded the job that current Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is doing. The Gophers are coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons and have played in three straight bowl games.

"I'm very pleased with the way Jerry Kill is going," Holtz said. "He does a tremendous job. They're tough; they're physical. I'm very happy for them. I picked them as the surprise team in the Big Ten last year, and he proved me right."


This is exciting stuff for Northwestern, which has broken ground on a new Lakefront facility. The project includes an indoor practice facility.

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