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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Spartans, JoePa saluted in 'BMOC'

By Brian Bennett

Colleague Gene Wojciechowski has brought back his "Big Man on Campus" column, and Michigan State is featured prominently.

He describes the scene after the Spartans beat Wisconsin on the now-famous Hail Mary from Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichol:
The 44-yard, last-second desperation heave from Cousins, which deflected into Nichol's gloved hands, was a nearly impossible ending. But the victory wasn't a surprise to [Mark] Dantonio. Even before last Thursday's practice, the Spartans coach told staffers that MSU would beat Wisconsin. He said it again after the Friday walk-through.

Wojciechowski also names Penn State's Joe Paterno his coach of the week, as Paterno tied Eddie Robinson for No. 2 on the all-time wins list. And he discusses what Notre Dame might do next.
So, yes, an ND-Big Ten alliance would make a lot of sense if Notre Dame hadn't already stiffed the league twice earlier. Or if ND wasn't infatuated with looking East. Or if the Irish wanted to play against true heavyweight football programs and compete regularly against Megatron-like athletic departments with $100-million-plus and near-$100-million revenue (Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska).

But from a pragmatic football standpoint, it's easier to win the ACC than the Big Ten on a consistent basis. I'm not saying Notre Dame is scared of Big Ten competition, but the ACC does have less hair on its football chest.

To read the entire column, click here.