It's one thing for the Lions to hold a news conference when they hire their new head coach.  But these last two days they've trotted to the podium before the cameras two guys they've interviewed.  Yesterday Jim Schwartz of the Tennessee Titans answered questions about his "candidacy" and Tuesday it was Todd Bowles' of the Miami Dolphins turn.  Why the Lions want the candidates interviewed is a mystery-- but then again, these are the Lions, right?

     Michigan State should beat Penn State by at least ten points Wednesday night in Happy Valley.  Even though Penn State won the game at home between the two a year ago, that was a fluke-- pure and simple.  Michigan State is 9-3 all time in games at Penn State and 25-4 playing the Nittany Lions over all.  If MSU wins, the Spartans would be 4-0 in the Big Ten with three road wins and a mere six road games remaining.

     Lansing Catholic is looking for a new head football coach.  The school was good in football when Phil Booth coached in the 1980s and the Cougars even won the 1985 state title.  The problem is, as I see it, the culture for the sport at the school.  To win more, it has to be a bigger deal.   The new coach needs to "recruit" the halls much better for players and he needs to get over to Lansing Christian and find players there-- Lansing Christian students may play football at Catholic but few have done so over the past three seasons.  Football is a big deal at other parochial schools around the state like Jackson Lumen Christi and Flint Powers to name two, but for the won/lost record to change significantly it will take more than just a different coach than the departing Tony Costello who left after six seasons and a 20-35 record.


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