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Posted on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 : 7:31 a.m.

Meandering through the maize (and blue): NCAA names interim president

By Michael Rothstein

The NCAA named an interim president to replace the late Myles Brand, who passed away last week of pancreatic cancer.

James Isch, the Chief Financial Officer of the NCAA, will take over until a new President is found. Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman's name has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the post. Coleman, last week, called her current job "the best job in the world."

On to the links:


  • Lloyd Carr sits down for a Q&A with the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald.
  • A scouting look at Indiana when the Hoosiers played a common opponent with Michigan - Western Michigan.
  • Meanwhile, Rich Rodriguez isn't looking past Indiana.
  • Beau Allen, a defensive tackle from Minnesota, is interested in Michigan, writes Josh Helmholdt of the Detroit Free Press.
  • Michigan State is shuffling the personnel on its defense, writes Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal.
  • Mark Dantonio brushes off those critical of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, writes Shannon Shelton in the Detroit Free Press.
  • Andy Schmitt, the Eastern Michigan quarterback who was injured last weekend against Michigan, is done for the season and his college career after tearing his ACL in the fourth quarter Saturday.
  • Indiana's defensive ends need to play well for the Hoosiers to have any success at Michigan this weekend, writes Adam Rittenberg of
  • Oregon coach Chip Kelly refunded one fan's trip to Boise State, where the Ducks were beaten soundly, writes Bud Withers of the Seattle Times.

  • Eso Akunne, the former Gabriel Richard standout, speaks to the media for the first time since being awarded his scholarship two weeks ago.
  • Men's basketball coaches, including Georgetown's John Thompson III and Notre Dame's Mike Brey, campaigned on Capitol Hill for health care reform. Both Brey and Thompson are among the two leading coaches in the Coaches Vs. Cancer fight.

  • Michael Jordan and Byron Russell playing 1-on-1? Yeah, a D-League team is trying to make that happen. Why care? Watch the video below.
  • A study on long hair and NFL players in the Wall Street Journal.



    Wed, Sep 23, 2009 : 8:26 a.m.

    IE on XP is failing to open this article, and Rothstein's other one on Akunne. Other articles open, and these open in Firefox.