Will Campbell: the most popular man at spring practice. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Football is back...well, er, sort of back. It is spring practice time, and just because we can't actually watch the team play until the public spring practice in the Big House next month, and that none of this will count for anything, and games are still over five months away doesn't mean it isn't football dammit. Enjoy talking about it now, because pretty soon it'll be May and you'll be searching for football news anywhere you can get it.
What is shakin' at spring practice right now?
Devin Gardner may or may not have taken snaps at WR yesterday, and all of that could just be an attempt to build another kooky formation out of which to run jet sweets and trick plays like last year's diamond formation.
"We're doing what we did a year ago, pretty much," he said. "We're going to play the best 11 guys. Devin's a backup quarterback right now, he's No. 2 and we're going to do what we've got to do to get the best 11 on the field.
Elsewhere in football:
Most Profitable Athletic Departments - Businessofcollegesports.com runs down the revenue, expenses, and profit of each Big Ten athletic department. Michigan is second in all three categories.
B1G FINANCES REVEALED - EDSBS goes inside the numbers with specific expenses.
Another $2,300,000 was spent on an elaborate PR campaign to convince Denard Robinson that he couldn't transfer because every other state was lava.
Money well spent.
Recapping the Big Ten coaching changes - The Big Ten Blog over at ESPN tracks all the outgoing and incoming coaches in the Big Ten.
Oklahoma's Kellen Jones to transfer - Former Michigan linebacker recruit Kellen Jones is transferring from Oklahoma after playing there in a limited role as a true freshman. There were a lot of rumors swirling about the kid when it turned out he wouldn't sign with Michigan, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that I hope he gets things figured out and finds a way not only to be a good college football player, but to get an education and secure a positive future for himself.
Seven Midwestern teams in the Sweet 16 have something in common: a hatred of one another - Dan Wetzel recounts the hate simmering between the seven Midwestern representatives in this year's Sweet Sixteen.
The Many Evils of Mike D'Antoni - The Classical's Bethlehem Shoals on former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni.
What’s absent from both of these views of D’Antoni, though, is the context for his style. D’Antoni is neither out to destroy basketball nor a conservative with a slightly different cut of suit. In fact, he’s almost entirely a product of this era, less a dreamer or despot and more a pragmatist who didn’t see an opposition between extremes of order and fluidity. Between the new rules that made it easier for a point guard like Nash to maneuver around the floor and manipulate space with minimal intrusion, and the dwindling ranks of NBA big men, D’Antoni saw an opening and concocted means of exploiting it. Above all else, he’s an opportunist. Where Nellie saw the possibility of mind-expanding mismatches, D’Antoni used Shawn Marion everywhere at once because he could and had to. It was an experiment, or a luxury; the Matrix’s versatility wasn’t a challenge, but an attempt to compensate for what D’Antoni’s gambit (or his personnel) left unaccounted for.