HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

     We're all awaiting word on this Thursday that Lansing Eastern High School has forfeited its opening football game against Detroit U of D Jesuit.  The Lansing School District is to issue a statement at any moment-- Eastern apparently used two ineligible players in its 30-24 victory last Thursday.  The Quakers were 0-9 last season and thought they'd won their opener under new coach Tommie Boyd.  They have a tough assignment tomorrow night at Sexton.

     Tracey Lowder has been forced to step down as boys basketball coach at Jackson High School because he is taking another administrative job at the school.  He leaves behind a CAAC Blue division championship team.  The school promptly named a successor on Thursday-- Ramsey Nichols, the former successful head coach for eight seasons at Benton Harbor High School.  Nichols played from 1989-93 at Detroit Mercy.

     A tough week got tougher at Lansing Sexton.  Assistant coach Bruce Thelen collapsed on the sideline with a heart attack during last Thursday's game against Holt.  He was released from the hospital, then suffered another apparent heart attack earlier this week and has been hospitalized again.  Sexton football coach Dan Boggan will attend his 32-year old brother's funeral in town at noon on Saturday after Sexton faces Eastern Friday night.  Sexton lost star quarterback Drew Valentine for the season with a torn ACL suffered in the Holt game.  Valentine undergoes surgery on Friday.  He may be out until the middle of basketball season. 

     Tom Izzo told me Thursday he does not believe he'll be a candidate for the U. S. Olympic men's basketball coaching job for London in 2012.  Izzo thinks an NBA coach will get the hire.  Izzo said he'd love to be an assistant.  He said he'd take "about a second" to make a decision if he was ever offered.  He likes the rehab work of freshman Delvon Roe and hopes to have him playing regularly early in the coming season.

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