February 04, 2011
Making the morning rounds.
• Think of your health. Incoming Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges reiterated his earlier pledge to make quarterback Denard Robinson the focal point of the Wolverines' revamped offense, but added the attack would be a "more balanced, pro-style approach" with more contributions from Robinson's supporting cast. Part of the reason for spreading the wealth is to reduce the wear and tear Robinson endured last year, when he accounted for 67 percent of Michigan's total yards as a runner and passer despite being knocked out of almost half of the Wolverines' games with assorted injuries. "They were tattooing him. I came at him that way — we can save you a little bit," Borges told the Detroit News. "In our offense, I don't see Denard rushing for 1,700 yards, and I told him that. But I could see him rushing for 1,000 yards, and I could see him throwing for that 700 or 800 he didn't rush for." [Detroit News]
• Terrelle Pipp? Meanwhile, over in the Leaders Division, Ohio State quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano told the Columbus Dispatch that Terrelle Pryor's starting job isn't in jeopardy over the first five games of the season, when Pryor and four teammates will be serving an NCAA-mandated suspension for selling jerseys, championship rings and other memorabilia. Buckeye fans are optimistic about incoming freshman Braxton Miller's chances of supplanting fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman as the starter in Pryor's absence, but "I would foresee (Pryor) getting his job back," Siciliano said. "That's just my opinion right now." [Columbus Dispatch]
• Mustain gets a mulligan. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will decline to press felony charges against outgoing USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, who was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly trying to sell an undercover cop a prescription drug Mustain had advertised on Craigslist. What the former blue-chip recruit actually offered to the officer was "lisdexamfetamine dimesylate," which isn't listed as a controlled substance under California law. "Given that Mustain has no record and that this is his first contact with law enforcement, it is appropriate that it be referred to the city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration," prosecutors wrote. [L.A. Times]
• Hawkeye hackers. Three employees will be fired and two others suspended from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for allegedly breaching electronic medical records of at least some of the 13 Iowa football hospitalized last week with rhabdomyolysis, a muscle disorder frequently caused by overexertion. The hospital apparently launched an investigation into breached records after reports surfaced that all 13 players had tested negative for illegal drugs. [Associated Press]
• Happy trails. Former Purdue/Miami Dolphins great Bob Griese is retiring from the broadcast booth after nearly 30 years covering the NFL and college football for ABC and ESPN. Now, he can openly flaunt his Boilermaker pride without taking any flack from some smartass kids on the Internet:
Quickly… Nebraska secondary coach Marvin Sanders is leaving the team after reportedly facing discipline for "a non-football issue." … South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders is ineligible for the draft, due to negligent paperwork. … De'Anthony Thomas plans to play running back at Oregon, likely one of the reason he opted for the Ducks over USC, which wanted him on defense. … Alabama and Auburn fans bombard Cyrus Kouandjio's Facebook page. … Nick Fairley talks about his idol, Reggie White. … The push for the class of 2012 is well underway. … And Delaware, Grambling, Morehead State, Northern Iowa and Augustana (Ill.) College have had as many starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl as Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee. So suck on that, recruiting rankings.
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