The Detroit newspapers, not to mention the Ann Arbor News, are obviously working overtime trying to find out who Michigan's next football coach will be. I maintain if this was the Michigan State job, you wouldn't see nearly as much of a frenzy. The fact that the story is unique surrounding the involvement of Les Miles adds to the heightened interest. There does not seem to be a front runner at this point. And the question now is will Michigan wait until after the bowl games are played to truly go after any of the best coaches whose teams still have a game left over the holidays.
Michigan did not hire a head hunting firm and such a move would have allowed athletic director Bill Martin to cut through the chase to learn exactly who might be interested and who isn't and that could have been done away from the media glare. I claim Michigan needs to know who is out there and a neutral party needs to do the work. How Michigan proceeds from here remains to be seen. I say Michigan must wait to make sure the best available coach is hired. The grief to be received with a coach who is not the right fit isn't worth the hassle that would surely come.
It does not appear to me as if there are any area monster teams in high school basketball. It's eary yet, but Lansing Sexton's boys seem to have the most talent. Eastern has the best player and he'll only get better-- 6-5 freshman LaDontae Henton. He is averaging 22 points per game en route to his team's current 2-1 record. Henton must become a better free throw shooter. Teams will surely put him on the line but if he cannot convert it will seriously limit his effectiveness.
For the girls, East Lansing is 5-0 with a very young team. East Lansing will dominate the area but the young players must make improvement through the course of the winter to become a factor in the state tournament in March.
Jerry Marshall health update: not good. He can only move his eyes-- one blink for yes, two for no. He is in the long term care facility at the St. Lawrence complex in Lansing after suffering a stroke more than a month ago. Jerry is the MSU public address announcer for both hockey and baseball and was a long time radio personality.