Connor Dixon has given up on his hopes of playing quarterback at Michigan State.  The Pennsylvania has been granted his transfer papers after battling in the spring with Nick Foles for the back up duties to Brian Hoyer.  Dixon has already sat out one season so after sitting out another year, he will have two years of eligibility remaining somewhere else.  Dixon had some injury problems.  He only played in one varsity game, throwing a touchdown pass in last season's opener against UAB. 

     By the way the talk about Lowell's Keith Nichol transferring into Michigan State is considered very preliminary and very premature.  Even though Nichol verbally committed to MSU his junior year in high school he is undecided about his future plans after transferring out of Oklahoma.  He too will have to sit out this coming season.

     If Boston wins at Cleveland in the NBA play offs Friday night, the Pistons host Boston in the Eastern Conference finals opener on Sunday afternoon.  But the road teams rarely win in these play offs right?  So if Cleveland protects home court, then a seventh game will be played in Boston and the Pistons will have to wait for the next series to start next week.

     Big Ten football coaches are considering what I call a good idea-- adding a two week "dead period" against recruiting for either June or July.  Schools could pick any two weeks they wish to stay out of recruiting so that coaches could get a breather from the day to day wars and rev up their engines for the coming season with some more family vacation time.  The idea is being discussed and if passed as expected, the Big Ten would send its recommendation to the NCAA for further consideration.  Currently recruits can visit campuses in June and July and the Big Ten coaches are thinking of eliminating any two weeks in there schools desire.  Stay tuned.

     The 24th Father Mac dinner Thursday night at the Breslin Center was wonderful with a record 1,100 people turning out.  Many were there to honor 1973 MSU captain John Shinsky whose orphanage campaign in Mexico profited by nearly $100,000.  John grew up in a Cleveland orphanage.  He is battling some cancer discovered last fall, but he made a great ten minute speech describing his cause.  And Terry Bradshaw was very entertaining and funny through his 45-minute ad libbed address before immediately hopping back on a private plane and flying home to Gainesville, Texas.  Bradshaw appeared at the request of George Perles-- the two were together at Pittsburgh with the Steelers and remain friends to this day.


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