PRESSURE WILL BE ON THE BUCKEYES

     Ohio State will receive most of the accolades at the Big Ten football meetings, Thursday and Friday in Chicago.   The Buckeyes have a legitimate shot at playing in their third straight national championship game.  Their toughest test is at USC in September and they also play at Michigan State on October 18th.  Ohio State should be the overwhelming pick of the media to end up as Big Ten champ and the Buckeyes should have the two pre season players of the year-- running back Beany Wells on offense and linebacker James Laurinitis on defense.

     Make it 13 verbal commitments for MSU coach Mark Dantonio.  The latest-- linebacker Tyquan Hammock of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  All commitments will sign in February.  The Spartans still have about ten more players to land.

     Good news bad news for East Lansing golfer Korey Mahoney.  He led the Boye Tournament of Champions for two rounds this week and in the final round today he shot a 5 under par 67 to finish at 12 under par on the Alpine Course.  But J. R. Roth of Flint shot 64 on Wednesday to win by two shots.  Mahoney is now 24 years old, a past Michigan Amateur champ who is playing the mini tours and is hoping to go to tour school in the fall.

     Lansing Community College has some coaching issues to sort out in its baseball program, but the Stars introduced five signed freshmen recruits on Wednesday.  The group includes two from Haslett-- Jacob Smith and Tyler Frattura.  LCC has had nowhere near the success in baseball through the years that it has enjoyed in softball.

     The Lions' first practices are Thursday in Allen Park.  Their first pre season game is at Ford Field August 7th against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.  Rod Marinielli begins his third season as head coach-- the Lions have had seven straight losing years and the numbers are unreal-- one play off win since capturing the NFL title in 1957 and a 31-81 regular season record with Matt Millen as president/general manager.

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