Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, June 17, 2015

Wanna generate a good debate? Try coming up with the five best running backs in Penn State history. took a stab at it.

No. 1 on the list: Curt Warner. Guys like Larry Johnson, Curtis Enis and Franco Harris didn?t make the cut. Shows you how deep the talent has been at this position over the years.


Add Mississippi State?s Dan Mullen (yawn) to the growing list of critics (yawn) of Jim Harbaugh?s satellite camps (yawn).

"I'm a bigger fan of (camps held on a school's own campus)," Mullen said, adding that in his camps at Mississippi State, "I'm out coaching and teaching kids."

"The satellite camps, they're recruiting camps," Mullen said. "Basically it's a recruiting thing and a recruiting fair that they're doing. I'd imagine, Jim Harbaugh, if he's going to have a camp, would want to coach the kids in Michigan — the young kids in Michigan — maybe how to be better football players."


My, how time flies: Five years ago, Nebraska voted to leave the Big 12 and join the Big Ten. Campus Insiders discusses the move in this video.

Hindsight tells me it was a good move on every front for Nebraska. I mean, look at the Big 12, for crying out loud.


Congrats to Michigan State A.D. Mark Hollis, who received a nice honor from the NFF. The guy is a flat-out rock star.

The honor comes a week after Hollis was named to the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Hall of Fame. Hollis, a Michigan State graduate, has worked in the athletic department since 1995, and has been the Spartans' athletic director since 2008.


Ben Jones of helps you find the cheapest ticket to each Penn State game in 2015. What a guy.


Count Iowa?s Fran McCaffery among those who likes the new rules changes in college hoops.

?I think they?re good, particularly moving the arc out (under the basket),? McCaffery said earlier this week speaking to a Polk County I-Club event at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines. ?There will be fewer collisions at the rim, and fewer charges. And I?m good with the 30-second clock.?

*** is picking the 10 most important Northwestern players.

The list starts with superback Dan Vitale at No. 10. It seems like he has been around for 10 years, doesn?t it? He needs to have a big year as a pass-catcher for the NU attack to improve.


This was tough news for Minnesota, as incoming hoops player Jarvis Johnson wasn?t medically cleared to play.

According to the Star Tribune report, there is ?no timetable? for determining whether Johnson could play in the future, a university spokesman said. Johnson suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that caused his heart to stop for somewhere between eight to ten minutes after a collapse at practice in 2010, and he now has a defibrillator in his chest. The university and coach Richard Pitino were aware of his condition but still saw Johnson, a highly coveted recruit, as a piece of their future.


A former teammate of Johnny Rodgers has proposed naming part of a street after the Nebraska legend and 1972 Heisman winner. says Ernie Britt, a former teammate on Omaha Tech High School?s track, basketball and football teams, has submitted an application to the City of Omaha to name Burt Street between 30th and 33rd Streets ?Johnny Rodgers Street.? The ceremonial street name would stretch along the former site of their high school, which is now the headquarters of the Omaha Public Schools.


Rutgers A.D. Julie Hermann has a lot of work to do. She knows it. We all know it. Chief among her tasks is fund-raising. The potential for Rutgers is off-the-charts.

"I'm very realistic about where we're at," Hermann told NJ Advance Media during a recent R B1G Tour fan event. "And I'm very optimistic and excited about where we're going to go. But the important thing is, as people who love Rutgers, you can't just buy a one-year pass or a two-year pass. You've gotta buy a 10-year pass and get on the bus, because at the end of those 10 years we're where you want us to be. It's an unbelievable opportunity to build this program.

"But we want our people in and staying in. Because now we have everything we've ever wanted in front of us. And we need to continue to step up to it."


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