IZZO OFF TO SAN ANTONIO ANYWAY

     Two Spartan basketballers will be in San Antonio this week-- Drew Neitzel is in Thursday's 3-point shooting contest and Tom Izzo is off to watch him compete.  Izzo also has coaches meetings.  Neitzel will be on ESPN at 9 o'clock on Thursday.

     Izzo told me he thinks Tom Crean will be fine at Indiana even though the school is facing a year of probation.  He starts from scratch but he says he'll be able to attract players quickly.  Izzo thinks Indiana freshman Eric Gordon could use another year of college play before heading to the NBA, but figures on Monday he'll announce that he is turning pro any way.  Izzo also thinks that interim coach Dan Dakich did not kick starters Armon Bassett and JaMarcus Ellis off the team, he thinks that came from higher up in the administration and that both have had problems the entire season.

     We'll hear plenty of angst about the Detroit Tigers now that they have an 0-2 record with both losses against the Kansas City Royals, a team that gets little respect.  The Tigers lost 4-0 on Wednesday, Brian Bannister pitching 7 innings of two hit ball for the Royals.  The Tigers will be fine, it's too cold to hit yet and it's a long season.  Game three is at 1pm Thursday.  Kenny Rogers pitched reasonably well in his stint for the Tigers.

     It's hard for me to figure how the MHSAA owes $7.4 million in legal fees.  I'm wondering if this judge, Richard Enslen, simply doesn't have it in for this organization, for whatever reason.  He's given the MHSAA little in the way of breaks through these past ten years and that's basically a kick in the face to hundreds of thousands of high school athletes.  It's amazing to me the power one judge can have and when public sentiment is overwhelmingly against his rulings, you wonder how the system really works.  It will be interesting to see the MHSAA's response to the judgment against it relative to compensating the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the change of seasons lawsuit. 

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