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Headlinin’: Michigan imagines an even bigger Big House

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As big as your imagination allows! (Or the engineers, whichever comes first.) Already capable of hosting the entire population of a small island nation after its most recent expansion, Michigan Stadium (seen above circa 1927) might keep right on expandin': Athletic director Dave Brandon told a local radio show Thursday that the largest sporting edifice in America still has room to grow by another 10,000 seats. "It would take the total capacity up close to 119,000, maybe even 120,000. I would love to do that, at some point under my watch," Brandon said. "We have a vision for what can be, as it relates to if our waiting list for tickets gets large enough, and we're in a position where we feel that it's affordable." [Detroit Free Press]

Old, but not that old. In the same interview, Brandon also said the pictures of "throwback" uniforms published last week by the Detroit Free Press — an old-school look with a block 'M' on the front and striped sleeves out of the nineteenth century — is not the look the Wolverines plan to unveil against Notre Dame this September. The actual throwbacks will combine "elements of a couple different eras," he said, but the final product has not been revealed. No word on the return of the shamrock helmet on the other sideline. [Detroit News]

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The important thing is that you tried. Now that NCAA-imposed scholarship reductions are in full effect, USC athletic director Pat Haden conceded Thursday that coach Lane Kiffin shouldn't be expected to restore any dynasties in the foreseeable future. "It has to be graded on the curve to a certain extent, right?'' Haden said. "It's not entirely fair what he's going to be competing against. This is still USC. I expect we'll play really hard next year.'' [L.A. Daily News]

Thanks but no thanks. Not surprisingly, one of those precious few remaining scholarships will not go to former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, whose reported interest in USC earlier is not reciprocated. Nor should it be: Even if blue-chip junior Matt Barkley leaves for NFL riches after this season, the Trojans have three blue-chip freshmen in the wings — redshirt Jesse Scroggins and newcomers Cody Kessler and Max Wittek — with future pro potential of their own, which the beleaguered Forcier almost certainly does not. [ESPN Los Angeles]{YSP:MORE}

One down, one to go. As expected, Loganville, Ga., defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche formally signed a scholarship agreement with Ole Miss Thursday, giving the Rebels a late boost to this fall's incoming class and putting them in the early lead for Nkemdiche's brother, Robert, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior-to-be who has already been tabbed as one of the a "package deal" with his older brother, though more traditional recruiting powers have almost two years to change his mind. [Clarion-Ledger]

Quickly… Shockingly, former Ohio State teammates aren't too happy with Ray Small. … Individual ticket prices for the Georgia-Florida Cocktail Party are going up. … Backup offensive lineman Kevin Revis plans to transfer from Tennessee. … Notre Dame makes a few position changes. … Construction picks up on Nebraska's plan to expand Memorial Stadium. … Ole Miss revamping its gameday experience. … A local call for Joe Paterno to retire, I think. … A lengthy profile of Miami's unofficial team barber. … And Doug Marrone is very, very excited to have Floyd Little back at Syracuse.

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