THE MITCHELL REPORT WILL REPLACE THE U-M COACHING SEARCH...

     ... for the moment anyway.  The Friday newspaper headlines will feature umpteen million opinions from people all over baseball about Thursday's 300-page release of the Mitchell Report, a 20-month investigation into the game's steroid problems.  I see Tigers' designated hitter Gary Sheffield made the list.  Good for him.  At age 38 no wonder he can still hit so well.  No wonder the Tigers wanted to get him and then keep him.  People will still go to the games.  The media's exuberance about this story does not rival that of the general public's.

     Houston and Northern Illinois found head football coaches Thursday.  Michigan is still looking.  No new names to report.  I wonder what happens when the Michigan brass reports to Orlando with the football team at Christmas time.  Will this story dominate the headlines or will the bowl games themselves take over for awhile?  Maybe for others but not for Michigan.  It's too big a story with too much intrigue and who in the world ends up as Lloyd Carr's replacement?  That's a toughie to this point as we all know.

     MSU hockey coach Rick Comley sure loves to drive his car while recruiting. He averages 45,000 miles a year chasing down prospects, especially those playing junior hockey in Iowa.  He can stop along the way in Chicago now and visit his daughter and grand kids.  Comley's Spartans may play Michigan at Ford Field next December as part of another so called  "Cold War" game with the Red Wings also playing alongside.  It would give Ford Field a dry run before hosting the Frozen Four in 2010.

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