TWO BIG TEN RUNNING BACKS SAYING GOOD BYE

     The Big Ten lost two underclass running backs Thursday-- Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells and Wisconsin's P. J. Hill both declared for the NFL draft.  Michigan State doesn't play the Buckeyes for each of the next two seasons.  And the Spartans play at Madison next fall and Hill gave them fits in two previous meetings.  As it is Georgia's Knowshon Moreno declared for the draft on Wednesday.  Will those three guys all be chosen ahead of Michigan State's Javon Ringer-- or not?  And what about Iowa's Shonn Greene, also a junior, who declared after the Outback Bowl game last week?

     In what order will the five be drafted?  My hunch:  Wells first, Moreno second, Greene third, Ringer fourth and Hill fifth.  There's room for all of them in the league.

     The Detroit Lions continue to interview NFL assistant coaches for their own head coaching job.  Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will visit Allen Park on Friday.  The Lions have no timetable to name a coach.

     John Smoltz has indeed signed with the Boston Red Sox.  It's a one year $5 million deal with incentives adding another $5 million if he can reach them.  The 41-year old Smoltz wants to be a starter and the Red Sox want depth in their rotation to go after the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays from within their division.  Smoltz missed most of last season with shoulder surgery but he says he feels fine.  He spent twenty years with the Atlanta Braves and he feels he has at least one more season left in him.

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     I'll guess this draft order

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