THE MICHIGAN SOAP OPERA CONTINUES

     As of Tuesday afternoon, yes LSU football coach Les Miles confirms a Detroit Free Press report-- he did speak on the phone last Friday with Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman and athletic director Bill Martin.  But he says  he is staying at LSU and that a wide variety of topics were discussed including how to help Michigan out in its search for a replacement for Lloyd Carr.  And it sounds like Carr was instrumental in keeping Miles from Michigan for whatever reasons.  Some media guys still tell me they guess Miles is still the front runner to eventually land the Michigan job.

     I figure Tom Izzo's MSU basketball team will have about a 26-5 record by the time the Big Ten tournament starts in March.  That's providing key injuries don't crop up.  They haven't yet but freshman guard Chris Allen will miss this Saturday's 5pm home game against IPFW.  Allen has a bone bruise in his foot suffered originally last week at Bradley.  This is more of a precautionary move than anything else.  The 8-1 Spartans are ranked 9th in the country this week.

     The MSU vs. Minnesota women's Big Ten opening game at the Breslin Center has a time change from 7pm to 2pm.  That's because the MSU football bowl game begins at 5pm and let's just say without the time change the crowd might be a bit sparse.

     The Associated Pressl All American football team is out.  Michigan gets three guys honored-- Mario Manningham and Michael Hart are on the second team and offensive lineman Jake Long made first team, although I wonder why.  He had a good year and maybe a good NFL player, but I thought at times he missed blocks in crucial moments during Michigan's season.  Oh well.  No MSU players werre honored.

     There are rumblings these days at Purdue-- if the Boilermakers lose the Motor City Bowl game to Central Michigan might it be the end of the line for coach Joe Tiller?  There are rumblings in the newspapers as well.  And if Tiller goes can you say Brian Kelly to Purdue?

 

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