Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, May 13, 2015

This is pretty neat: at 74, former Gopher star Bobby Bell is ready for graduation. You see, it?s never too late!

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Bell came just 13 credits short of finishing his college degree when he left school after getting drafted by the Chiefs in 1963. So Bell returned to school last year, at age 74, and finished. Fulfilling a promise he made to his late father, he took three classes and earned his degree in recreation, park and leisure studies.

He will be honored Thursday along with the rest of the graduates from the University's College of Education and Human Development.


If you are walking the streets of Columbus, Ohio, and you happen to see Joey Bosa flipping hips with a fellow Buckeye defensive lineman, don?t be alarmed. It?s all a part of perfecting their craft and getting better for 2015.

?Walking around the streets, I feel like if we see any other D-linemen, they?ll just be flipping their hips on people walking down the sidewalk, or at walls or anything,? Bosa told the Columbus Dispatch. ?It?s pretty much on your mind 24/7, so you?re always working it.?


Penn State plans to have a ?white out? when Michigan visits this fall on Nov. 21. The great Bob Flounders of takes a look at the 10 most memorable games between these iconic programs.

My fav? The four OT affair from 2013.


Athlon already has declared 10 teams that won?t make the 2015 College Football Playoff. No school wants to be on this list. Alas, Purdue and Rutgers made the cut.


Count Jerry Kill among the Big Ten coaches taking advantage of satellite camps. Good for you, Jerry.


Nice story on former Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan, a star NFL outside linebacker who remains driven.

And get this: He's filmed a scene for the made-for-TV movie ?Sharknado 3,? according to

"Hopefully, my part doesn't get cut," Kerrigan said recently. "I don't think I'm a very good actor. I don't think I have a future. It was a blast."

The Muncie native hopes his brief appearance makes it to your HD television in July on Syfy. Kerrigan plays a NASA technician. The space connection is somewhat fitting because he attended Purdue, home to numerous astronauts. His role - stopping a shark attack.


Michigan assistant Jay Harbaugh, Jim?s son, fired back recently on Twitter about a standard response MSU coach Mark Dantonio always says when asked about Jim Harbaugh?s hiring.

Dantonio?s typical response: "Right now we're selling results. I've said this over and over. We're selling results. Other people are selling hope."

Jay Harbaugh fired back: ?You can?t just HOPE 2 b gr8 , you must WORK 4 it. We are not recruiting guys who 'hope-ers'- we are recruiting WORKERS?

Touché ? I guess.


Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette notes that Illinois couldn?t really afford the now infamous Twitter tirade by a disgruntled former offensive lineman. And, he?s correct.

?It?s certainly disheartening,? the Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said earlier this week. ?You?d rather be talking about baseball and men?s tennis and men?s golf and all the wonderful things our athletes do in all 21 sports, including the football program.?


Now, the executive director of the National College Players Association thinks an outside investigation into the matter is warranted.


The great Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports takes a good look at ex-Nebraska DE Randy Gregory, part of an-ahem–interesting collection of talent assembled by the Cowboys this offseason that also saw them sign La?el Collins and Greg Hardy.

"If anything," Robinson wrote, "the Collins signing and drafting of Gregory is the exclamation mark on an irrefutable truth: These Cowboys are taking calculated gambles all over the place, shaping a roster that is as full of possibility as potential mayhem."


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