Jeremy Sampson of News Ten spoke with veteran Holt High School football coach Mike Smith Friday and the word is getting out-- Olivet College likely will have an opening for a head football coach and the school is talking with Smith. He seems interested in visiting more. Olivet won't know until about March 1st how the job will play out, whether it will be open and whether Smith will be the coach next fall. Stay tuned. Smith seems intrigued by the possibilities.
Tom Izzo says Michigan has more McDonald's All Americans than the Spartans have from their high school days. If that's true then those who select the McDonald's teams better do some better work at evaluating players. Michigan State's players are far better than those in Ann Arbor and in fact I'd say freshman Manny Harris is the only Wolverine who might make a dent in the Spartans' lineup. The teams of course meet at 1pm Sunday on CBS. Michigan has just one 20-loss season and that was in 1960. The current Wolverines are 5-14 and hoping to build upon their 64-61 loss at Wisconsin this past Tuesday.
Former Spartans in action this week end-- tight end Kellen Davis at the Senior Bowl and Shawn Horcoff at the NHL all star game. Horcoff now stars for the Edmonton Oilers. Former MSU goaltender Ryan Miller was the Eastern Conference goalie a year ago-- but his Buffalo Sabres are struggling mightily this time around and Miller was left off the team.
On the Sunday Staudt on Sports, at 11am, we will disclose the group of eight who will be inducted into this year's Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame class. One team was selected along with a winner of the Richard Letts Community Service award. Bob Every from the Hall will be on hand in the studio to join me and Jerermy Sampson. The latter will be filling in for another few weeks in place of Earle Robinson who is recovering from prostate cancer surgery.