BUSY TUESDAY... AND A CONFESSION FROM MANDARICH

     For whatever reason, Tony Mandarich tells CBS Sportsline in an interview to air Wednesday night that he used illegal substances while playing for the Green Bay Packers from 1989-91.  Mandarich also says he used steroids at Michigan State prior to his NFL days and that was widely suspected.  Mandarich was the second pick in the 1988 draft ahead of the Lions' Barry Sanders.

     Javon Ringer is a good running back for MSU and the Iowa Hawkeyes bring a quality runner of their own to Spartan Stadium this Saturday.  Shonn Greene is averaging 6.7 yards per carry.  Greene suffered a head injury during the fourth quarter of last Saturday's 22-17 loss to Northwestern and did not return to the game.  But he has been cleared to practice and is expected to be full strength this Saturday in East Lansing.

     Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski held court with the media in Detroit Tuesday and he says the bullpen is the first order of business to rebuild for next season.  Dombrowski doubts the Tigers will be heavy players in the free agency market however, looking instead to find quality role players at a better price.

     Make it two NFL coaches fired in two days-- Scott Linehan at St. Louis on Monday and Lane Kiffin at Oakland on Tuesday.  The Raiders are off this Sunday and have not named a new coach as yet.

     Drew Valentine of Sexton is headed to Oakland University to play basketball next year.  Valentine was impressed that Oakland coach Greg Kampe did not stop recruiting him despite his serious knee injury suffered in the season's opening football game a month ago.  Valentine hopes to be playing on the Sexton team by January.  He joins three other mid Michigan players-- Eric Kangas of DeWitt, Derrick Nelson of Everett, and Jonathan Jones of Okemos, all of whom play for the division one school in Rochester.  The last Sexton boys basketball player to get a division one scholarship was D'Quarius Stewart, who played at Central Florida in 1996.

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