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     Michigan and West Virginia aren't the only schools dealing with coaches contract buyouts these days.  Did you know that Michigan State received a $400,000 payment from women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie when she left 13 months ago to become head coach at Duke?  She resisted the clause in her new contract given a year ago in March but MSU insisted upon it.  McCallie did not fight the payment when she left as Rich Rodriguez is doing at Michigan.  Former MSU athletic director Ron Mason says buyout clauses are necessary to protect schools who pay big money to coaches.  He says the cost of hiring a coach makes a buyout clause necessary.

     Lansing Community College's softball team is off to a good start at the NJCAA division two national championships in Normal, Illinois.  The host school, Hartland CC, lost 3-0 to Lansing early Thursday afternoon.  The Stars are now 47-3 and play the number one team in the nation from Phoenix Thursday night.  This is a double elimination tournament.

     You wonder how much longer Penn State's Joe Paterno can keep up the pace.  The 81  year old coach was hospitalized by ambulance early Thursday with nausea and dehydration like symptoms.  Tests were being run and Paterno hoped to be released late in the day so as to keep an appointment in Texas with coach Mack Brown of the Longhorns tomorrow night.

     When a college hockey coach has good players he gets frustrated when they ponder leaving early to sign a pro contract.  Such is the case for MSU's Rick Comley who will have to be patient about the fate of his talented junior forward Tim Kennedy.  He wants to sign with his hometown Buffalo Sabres but at the moment the money is not right.  Comley still expects to lose Kennedy and if he does he'll take the scholarship and divide the money up among non scholarship players for the coming season.  Comley will have ten new scholarship players joining the team when practice begins this fall.

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