Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, June 4, 2015

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, 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, and at this point, it appears as though all of the general admission season tickets will be spoken for.


Will Braxton Miller regret finishing his career at Ohio State? It?s a good question. Check out this video, as Pete Fiutak of Campus Insiders weighs in. Me? I wonder how much he?ll play under center with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones back. How can any coaching staff regularly use three quarterbacks?


This is pretty neat: Dan Duggan of takes us inside a therapy session with Eric LeGrand, a good man-an inspirational man.


This story on former Purdue center Nick Hardwick?s transition from star NFL center to retiree is fascinating. He had to eat a CRAZY amount to have the girth on the interior of the line. Now, Hardwick is slim and trim.


Bob Flounders of is as jacked as I am about watching Penn State?s James Franklin match wits in the Big Ten East with Mark Dantonio, Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer.

The division is home to three top-15 head coaches, according to the College Football 24/7 section of


Greg Pickel of looks at Penn State?s torturous offensive line recruiting past, and why the 2016 group can be more like the one signed in 2004.

Penn State has recruited blue chip offensive linemen frequently since the turn of the century. They haven't always, or even often, turned into elite talent. But 2004 was different. The early part of the 2000s were not kind to Penn State, save for a 2002 trip to the Outback Bowl. While plenty can be blamed for that, offensive line recruiting could be at the top of the list. Washouts happen at every position, but at Penn State, it seemed to have happened more often than not since 2002 in the trenches.


Jerry Kill is proud of his team?s progress. And well he should be.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that seven members of last fall?s Gophers team are currently on NFL rosters. That includes four draft picks (Maxx Williams, Damien Wilson, David Cobb and Cedric Thompson) and three who signed as free agents (Cameron Botticelli, Derrick Wells and Isaac Fruechte).

?I can talk about individuals, but you?re only as good as your team,? Kill said. ?We preach that. This day and age, that?s difficult. We tell kids, if you play together as a team, you?re going to get rewarded at the end of the day.

?We had more All-Conference players than we had in a long time — guys drafted, guys picked up as free agents. When you sell team and those things happen, better things are on the horizon.?


Are any two Big Ten hoop programs hotter than Indiana and Purdue?

Gregg Doyal of says that since April, the Hoosiers and Boilermakers have had some of the best offseasons of any two teams in the country. And the coaches at each school, they're eyeing the other. As a native of the state of Indiana, I can?t wait for the season to start.


Some don?t want to see college hoops morph into the NBA from a rules perspective. But Michigan State?s Tom Izzo doesn?t mind.

"I think if we're going to prepare our guys for the NBA, we might as well go to NBA rules," the Michigan State coach said this week.

Of the slew of changes announced last month by the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee, most now put college basketball in line with the NBA, or at least move the college game in that direction. The most significant rule change is the implementation of a 30-second shot clock, down from the 35-second one, which is the longest in any level of basketball. The NBA uses a 24-second clock.


Max Bielfeldt on his transfer from Michigan to Indiana: ?I know what to expect.?

"They said they are in need of a versatile big who can score the ball in a multitude of ways," he said last month, "and that I'm just the guy who could come in and help them."

The says Indiana struggled in the front court last season. But the signing of McDonald's All-American Thomas Bryant, combined with sophomore Emmitt Holt's development and now Bielfeldt's arrival, should give the Hoosiers a strong interior rotation.

"It'll help a little bit," he said of his Big Ten experience. "Obviously, I've played against the coaches and the systems before. I know what to expect."


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