COLLEGE: Hail to the job search: The University of Michigan is having some problems filling the head coaching vacancy left by the retirement of Lloyd Carr.
The Wolverines’ top two choices to replace Carr have turned down the Maize and Blue and it now seems that unless Michigan ponies up some big dollars, it will be filling with a subpar coach. With more parity in college football than ever, tradition doesn’t mean much. And winning happens pretty much everywhere. Except Notre Dame.
Well said: Arizona State freshman kicker Thomas Weber took home the Lou Groza Award on Thursday as the nation’s top kicker. While explaining how he came to kick for the Sun Devils, Weber nervously tripped over his words a bit and began to say “Arizona State was lucky to have” before laughing and correcting himself. But Thomas was right. ASU is lucky to have him. Not many teams can claim the best player in the country at a given position, let alone one as critical as his. It’s hard to believe the Sun Devils would be where they are without his golden leg.
To be the best … You have to beat the best. Seattle has owned the NFC West in recent years and as the schedule winds down, this year is proving to be no different. If the Cardinals want to push themselves into the playoffs and start gaining some respect in the league as a contender, they need to win Sunday in the Emerald City. A win not only puts them back in the division race but keeps them in the driver’s seat for the last wild-card spot.
Madden in the making: During Thursday’s Bears-Redskins game on the NFL Network, Cris Collinsworth briefly turned into John Madden — sans telestrator. In the midst of a Chicago drive in the third quarter that saw the Bears rack up six penalties, Collinsworth said, “There’s two kinds of football. Professional football and unprofessional football. And right now the Bears are playing unprofessional football.” If only he could’ve added a fat guy grunt and “Boom! Tough actin’ Tinactin.”