Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bowling Green-Wisconsin Football Game

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Among the many interesting storylines to the Sept. 2 Bowling Green-Wisconsin football game at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Palcic is a former Browns assistant. His daughter, Amy, is a Browns public-relations official.

Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is the brother of Rick Chryst, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. The MAC is based in Cleveland, and Bowling Green is a conference member.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and his Bowling Green counterpart, Gregg Brandon, are both represented by agent Neil Cornrich, head of NC Sports in Beachwood. Cornrich also represents Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, the UW legend who preceded Bielema as Badgers head coach.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Wahle: Complete Package

Fan Q&A: Kris Jenkins
July 19, 2006

Who has been the toughest offensive guard or tackle that you have faced in the NFL? Tony

There have been a couple of them, but I would probably say the most talented, aggressive guy I have faced, the complete package, is Mike Wahle.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sanders Surprises Himself

Thursday, July 13, 2006

By Andy Hamilton and Pat Harty
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Bob Sanders built a reputation with his speed and high-impact hitting, but even he didn't expect to be such a big hit this fast in the NFL.

With barely more than a full season's worth of game experience with the Indianapolis Colts, Sanders already is an All-Pro, one of the rising stars in the NFL and one of the game's hardest hitters.

And perhaps nobody is more surprised than the former Iowa safety.

"I thought it would take me a little longer to get adjusted and acclimated to the speed of the game and everything like that," Sanders said. "But once I got in there, it all became second nature. It happened so fast, though."

Sanders had his rookie season cut short in 2004 by a foot injury that prevented him from being ready for the early portion of the year. The 5-foot-8, 206-pound safety played in 14 games this past season, collecting 91 tackles, filling highlight reels with teeth-rattling hits and helping change the complexion of a Colts defense that went from average to one of the league's best in the span of a year.

"I'm not surprised one bit," said Philadelphia Eagles safety Sean Considine, who started alongside Sanders in the secondary with the Hawkeyes. "I love going into the locker room and bragging up Bob. I tell everybody that Bob Sanders is the best football player that I've ever played with. When I told people that a year or two ago, they all wanted to say, 'Well, he's too small.' Now look. He's a Pro Bowl player. It doesn't surprise me one bit."

Sanders is in town this week to help with the Training with Nate Kaeding Youth Camp at West High -- a camp for ages 7 through 14 that specializes in football, basketball and soccer instruction.

Sanders recalled Wednesday how track and wrestling helped enhance his football skills.

"I think a lot of my wrestling comes into play when I'm making a tackle," he said. "When you take a single-leg takedown, you're going hard and you're going real low. So all that stuff comes into play. Track helps you out with speed, and it helps you learn how to run properly. Doing all those different things helped me with football."

So did meeting the late Joe Moore.

Moore was the mentor for Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, and he also coached Sanders at Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep High School. He convinced Ferentz to spend a scholarship on Sanders, whose only other offer was from Ohio University.

"He meant the world to me (with) just everything he did for me," Sanders said. "If it weren't for him I would not be in this situation right now. I would never see myself being able to accomplish all the things I've accomplished. He put me into a great situation by introducing me to coach Ferentz and coach Ferentz trusted his word and gave me a chance.

"To me, I look back and say it's a blessing that he came into my life. He's like an angel to me because he helped me get to the point where I am now."

Smith Stays on the Winning Side

By Oscar Dixon, USA TODAY

July 13, 2006

NEW YORK — Katie Smith is now the only player who can say she has won a WNBA All-Star Game in both conferences.

She won her first five playing for the Minnesota Lynx in the West, but Wednesday she notched her first East victory representing the Detroit Shock.

"I guess I'm a good-luck charm," said Smith, who had 14 points and four rebounds. "It feels really good to be undefeated."

Smith was accustomed to celebrating wins with the West, while two of her Detroit teammates, Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford, were always on the losing end.

"I've got to switch my loyalties," she joked before the game. "All of my old-time buddies are in the other locker room, but then again, that's also the old folks' home over there. But I'm really happy to be representing the East."

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Clardy's Corner

by Troy Clardy

November 5, 2003

Not a Pac-10 thought, but… I promise you every big-time college athletic director and every NFL general manager has Neil Cornrich on speed dial. And if they don’t, they should. Who the heck is Neil Cornrich, you ask? He’s the agent for some guy named Bob Stoops…

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Position Breakdown: Don Davis
July 11, 2006

Don Davis – Davis is a spiritual leader in the locker room and a special teams standout. He’ll likely secure a position as a backup linebacker and will continue to grace the highlight reels as a punishing A-list special teamer.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Wahle is the Total Package

Fan Q&A: Evan Mathis
July 5, 2006

In your opinion what makes Mike Wahle such a great guard and what can you learn from him? Pete, Winston-Salem, NC

Wahle is the total package as a player. Nobody works harder than he does. He is strict on his diet, a student of the game, a great leader, a great athlete, and a great person. I'm just trying to emulate what he does in hopes of having similar success.

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