HOME FROM SUNNY FLORIDA

     I see it's supposed to be in the high 40s and all the way to 51 degrees this coming week end into next week-- that won't be like what I enjoyed in Florida but it's better than how we've begun the new year.  Florida was the best weather I'd ever seen and the worst traffic I'd ever endured-- and Florida traffic during the holidays is always brutal!

     Orlando is a great place for bowl games-- more should be played in Central Florida because all of the amenities are available-- where ever a wayward bowl game is looking for a new home-- head to Orlando-- the fans and players will love it.

     Michigan State played Boston College hard enough but the Spartans are short on players to the extent that when their stars don't shine, like quarterback Brian Hoyer, it's difficult for others to pick up the slack.  Mark Dantonio's future, like that of all MSU football coaches, is tied to simply recruiting players good enough to compete with Michigan and Ohio State.

     I thought Michigan played well on Tuesday if for no other reason than Chad Henne was finally healthy.  Lloyd Carr told me last week if Henne was healthy Michigan would be a much better team than people expected.  He was right.  Henne looked like a bona fide NFL prospect throwing for nearly 380 yards and three touchdowns.  I thought he looked like a better pro prospect than Tim Tebow the Heisman trophy winner.  The game seemed like a four hour commercial for Rich Rodriguez.  Recruits had to be impressed with all the pro Michigan pizzazz which they saw during the afternoon.

     It will be interesting to see if Rodriguez signs on any more of Carr's staff after West Virginia finishes the Fiesta Bowl Wednesday night against Oklahoma.  Fred Jackson is already staying and Ron English is headed to Louisville, but what about the other seven guys?  Stay tuned.

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