2009 Off-Season Roundup
The News Stories You Need To Know ... April 20
* Charlie Weis saw a lot to like in Notre Dame's spring game. But
the Irish aren't quite there yet: "We have a long way to go to be a
really good football team. But at least potentially, potentially,
you could see that elements are in place to be a really good
football team. But we have a lot of work to do." He hopes that when
they finally do become a really good football team, it's not because
Urban Meyer is coaching them (in 2010).
* ESPN will be hiring Matt Millen as a lead NFL analyst for its
telecasts. In addition, he'll also serve as a college football
analyst this season. He'll probably feel more comfortable in the
college ranks, where there's usually at least one winless team every
* Despite what you may have heard, Phillip Fulmer isn't done yet.
"I'm not retired. I'm doing some different things right now like
working with an investment firm with one of my former players in
Knoxville, and I've done some work with (TV). And I want to coach
again, but I am not retired." Don't worry, coach: if Matt Millen can
land another job in football after helping to build the worst team
in NFL history, hope springs eternal.
* The Apple Cup may move to Qwest Field in Seattle for six years,
beginning in 2010. Washington safety Nate Williams says playing the
rivalry game in UW's home city shouldn't bother Washington State:
"I'm sure they would have just as many fans over here, as well.
Whenever we play here, they have just as many fans here." The fact
that Wazzu has apparently been putting as many fans in Husky Stadium
as the Huskies themselves, is either a) an encouraging sign that
Cougar fans travel well and support their team through thick and
(mostly) thin; b) an indictment of UW fans, who let their rivals
snatch up half the tickets for a rivalry game in their own stadium;
or c) not true.
132 days and counting...