Three-point stance: Michigan's young talent

November, 19, 2009
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1. Todd McShay told me that Michigan will have two players drafted in April, same as last April. Among the Wolverine juniors this season, only Donovan Warren has attracted attention vis--vis the 2011 draft. That would be five draftees over three seasons. The fewest any Michigan coach(es) has had over a three-year period is nine from 1984-86. The point? Rich Rodriguez’s biggest problem isn’t fitting in at Michigan. It’s talent. All of his is young.

2. Here’s what’s interesting about Florida Gov. Charlie Crist speaking out in defense of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. Crist is in a tough battle for the 2010 Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. And he’s in a state with two big state universities that both have big football programs. Crist had every reason to keep his mouth shut. And he didn’t. He illustrated the deep-seated emotion a lot of people in Florida feel about Bowden.

3. TCU coach Gary Patterson is preaching the mantra, “Two more. Gotta finish,” to his players. Are they listening? “Better or Xmas will come earlier than we like,” Patterson texted me Wednesday night. It would seem as if the biggest threat to the No. 4 Horned Frogs is the possibility of capricious weather at Wyoming. TCU’s in luck: forecast is partly cloudy and a high of 44 on Saturday. “I told them [we’re] playing for a championship who cares!” Patterson texted. Exactly.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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