Morning Briefing: Ikegwuonu trial delayed again, and recruiting updates
July, 17, 2008
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
A few items for your reading pleasure, most from the relentless realm of recruiting. Enjoy:
- The trial date of former Wisconsin CB Jack Ikegwuonu has been delayed again, this time to Sept. 15 (a status hearing is set for Aug. 21), Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Badgers blog. Ikegwuonu and his brother, Bill, a former Northern Illinois safety, face charges of residential burglary and criminal trespass for allegedly breaking into a DeKalb, Ill., apartment and stealing an Xbox.
- Quarterback Kevin Newsome, a 2009 recruit, might be reconsidering his commitment to Michigan. He's not talking about his recruitment, and other schools, including Penn State, are in pursuit. But RichRod has a contingency plan, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- The Wolverines are also going after Dennis Thames, a wide receiver/defensive back from Mississippi. Does that name ring a bell among Michiganites? He's the nephew of Detroit Tigers outfielder Marcus Thames, Sam Webb writes in The Detroit News.
- Curious about the renovation at the Big House? Check out these photos in the Detroit Free Press. That's a ton of steel.
- Ever wish you could see the players' names when you're playing EA Sports' NCAA Football on PlayStation and Xbox 360? If so, get in touch with this Iowa fan, whose company provides games with all 119 NCAA rosters, Ryan Suchomel writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Purdue picked up junior-college DT Kris Cooke, a former Northern Illinois player who always dreamed of suiting up for the Boilers, Nathan Baird writes in The Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier.
- This is sort of morbid, but Every Day Should Be Saturday, taking its lead from the L.A. Daily News, wonders what it would be like if college football teams had their own themed cemeteries. Here's an excerpt from the Ohio State listing: Located within a punt's distance of the 'Shoe, Buckeye Timbers promises that when you're a cloud of dust three yards deep, your stay here will be just like a Buckeye scoring drive: dignified, slow, and as long as eternity itself.
- Two quick hoops notes: DeAndre Thomas, who was among the mass exodus from Indiana's basketball program, is coming home to Chicago and will play his senior season at NAIA Robert Morris, The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens writes in his blog. And Marcus Jordan, the younger son of you know who, might want to suit up for Michigan State, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News. With older brother Jeff playing for Illinois, the two Jordans would match up at least once a year. Exciting stuff.