I spoke with Tom Izzo earlier today-- some random thoughts:
He would not be surprised to see his buddy Steve Mariucci return as an NFL head coach somewhere next season. Mariucci still works for the NFL Network.
He feels bad for his friend and boss, Mark Hollis. "He waited forever to get his dream job (MSU athletic director) and now he has to deal with the stress of the economy. It isn't easy."
Tom has always loved college football. He doesn't want to upset the company line about the bowl games, but if the college game ever went to an 8-team play off, as a fan, he could deal with that very nicely.
He thinks the economy is affecting college sports. He was satisfied with the 25,000 or so fans who showed up for the game at Ford Field last week and added that if it had been a week end game many more would have attended.
And sure he'd play a game each season with Notre Dame just like football and women's basketball does. "You schedule it for us Tim and we'll show up wherever it is." Tom likes Mike Brey, the Notre Dame coach and thinks the game is a natural for a variety of reasons, but coming to agreement on available dates has been an obstacle in the past.
Now to Michigan-- Sam McGuffie is transferring out-- he received his papers from the university Friday. He says he doesn't have anything bad to say about the U-M program, but that many factors were involved. He's from Houston and likely will play at Texas A&M after sitting out a year. McGuffie was Michigan's second leading rusher last fall and third leading pass receiver. He was injured for two games and he did not attend the team banquet, leading to further speculation last week that he was leaving for home.