TWO STRAIGHT MINORITY COACH HIRINGS!

     Two minority coaches have been hired in two days at two Mid American Conference schools in football.  Monday Ron English was named at Eastern Michigan and Tuesday Miami of Ohio chose 44-year old Mike Haywood, the semi offensive coordinator at Notre Dame.  I say semi because Haywood wasn't calling plays lately and won't Wednesday night when Notre Dame faces Hawaii in a bowl game in the islands.  Haywood will be introduced at the school in Oxford, Ohio, next week.  Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell was considered a finalist for the Miami job.  He stays put meaning that likely all of the MSU assistant coaches will stay put with Mark Dantonio for a second consecutive year.  There are now six minority head coaches among 119 division one schools.

     Tom Izzo says Chris Allen dislocated his thumb in practice the day before the game at Texas.  Hence he didn't play much and he didn't score.  Whether he plays Saturday at the Palace against Oakland or not remains to be seen.

     Michigan State's football program could have taken a far bigger hit than it received, in my opinion, over the fracas in an off campus fight October 18th.  Authorities made it sound to us like up to eight players would be charged with some kind of offense, incouding felonies.  Only one player of significance is involved, return man Glenn Winston, and he likely will stay with the team.  The future is his to determine once his case is ajudicated.  The program could have received a much bigger black eye than it is getting and this incident will be forgotten quickly, in my mind, because no key players are involved.

     I don't think the Green Bay Packers are anything special.  They didn't take back Brett Favre and they have five straight losses and a 5-10 record heading into Sunday's home finale against the Detroit Lions.  The Packers are 10 1/2 point favorites and I guess they'll win if for no other reason than the Lions are so bad and they have won't in Lambeau Field since 1991.  Then Rod Marinelli will be let go and the search for the next coach will begin.

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