Tue May 18 08:25am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• Why are you hitting yourself? Stop hitting yourself. Michigan will announce self-imposed sanctions next week as penance for five "major" NCAA infractions related to workout time and improper monitoring in 2008-09, the first major violations ever levied against Wolverine football. The exact provisions of the wrist-slap aren't clear, but the university will still have to send a delegation in front of the NCAA Infractions Committee in August to argue that the children have suffered enough and no further rebuke is necessary. [Detroit Free Press]
• Meanwhile, in the Windy City... Expansion chatter was "in the wind" during the first day of Big Ten meetings in Chicago, though there was nothing of the sort on the official agenda and most interested parties expressed ignorance, relegating expansion to "a topic of conversation." Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez summed up the atmosphere: "[Expansion] is not something that, just speaking for myself, I wake up thinking about every day. ... But if you would have asked me a couple years ago I would have said, 'Well, maybe in four or five years.' Ask me now and I think it may be sooner than that." [Associated Press, AnnArbor.com]
• Go West, reemerging trend. The Fiesta Bowl settled a lawsuit last week with the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, public overseer of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, that will allow the bowl to schedule regular season games at the stadium, potentially joining the Georgia Dome, Cowboys Stadium and a bunch of venerable Northern baseball stadiums as perennial hosts in the recent neutral-site explosion. There are no formal plans yet, but with the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East and Notre Dame already stricken by full-blown neutral-site mania, expect the Pac-10 to figure prominently when the dealing begins. [FiestaBowl.org]
• Hog on the move. Arkansas cornerback David Gordon, an Oklahoma native who started three games last year as a true freshman for the Razorbacks, plans to transfer to Oklahoma State after a possession arrest and injury held him out of spring practice in Fayetteville. Gordon said he initially preferred OSU for football, but had a chance to run track at Arkansas; when the track side didn't work out, he was homeward bound. [The Oklahoman]
• Rebel felled by sickle cell. Autopsy results confirmed Ole Miss player Bennie Abrams died of complications related to sickle cell trait after collapsing during a workout in February, making him at least the eighth college football player since 2000 to die in association with the disorder. The NCAA approved mandatory testing for sickle-cell trait in February, despite objections that testing could work against players who suffer from the trait unless there was some reform of the workouts themselves. [Clarion-Ledger]
Quickly ... Oregon tight end/guest blogger David Paulson weighs in on Ed O'Bannon's watershed lawsuit against the NCAA for CNBC. ... Nebraska is testing the market for a stadium expansion. ... By all means, speculate about Christian Ponder's Heisman hopes, please. ... And it turns out that, yes, you can judge a book by its cover, if that book is about Ken Stabler.
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