So much for Tiger Woods-- the Buick Open is looking for other attractions this week. It began with the pro am on Wednesday with the featured attraction pairing up Kid Rock with John Daly and that wasn't by coincidence either. They are friends and Kid Rock drew loud applause with a good drive on the first tee. Kid Rock warned fans not to lean in to close while he was hitting-- he says he's not that good.
This is the 50th anniversary of the Buick Open first won in 1958 by Billy Casper and he needed the $9,000 in prize money to pay off some sponsors. Casper was on hand for the ceremonial first drive Wednesday alongside last year's winner, Brian Bateman. Others playing in the pro am included Lions' quarterback Jon Kitna and the Red Wings' Kirk Maltby.
David Grewe gave us a text message on Wednesday: he says he is on his way to Baton Rouge to interview for the associate head coaching job at LSU with head coach Paul Manieri, his boss from their days together at Notre Dame. Grewe said he might have an answer to his future by tomorrow and he would stay in touch with us. I left cell phone messages, but Jeremy Sampson of News Ten thought text messaging would be more effective to get information and he was right.
You watch the Coillege World Series this last week on television and you think Michigan is the only Big Ten team that comes close to having enough talent to compete at the highest level of the sport. Michigan State made it to one College World Series and that was in 1954 and the Spartans last made it to the NCAA tournament in 1979. And if Grewe leaves, where does MSU turn next? The program is getting better facilities but it would have to make a decision on a coach that has a chance to turn around losing fortunes quickly.