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Friday, May 10, 2013
3-point stance: Michigan's backup plan

By Mark Schlabach

1. It probably won't be a surprise to anyone who understands the football culture of the SEC, but InsideHigherEd.com reported earlier this week that the league has the highest discrepancy in teaching salaries and coaching salaries. According to the website, the SEC had the highest increase in football coaching salaries between 2005 and 2011. InsideHigherEd.com also reported: "In that conference -- home to about a quarter of the nation’s 23 athletic programs where revenues actually outpace expenses -- instructional salaries rose 15.5% between 2006 and 2011, from $70,886 to $81,758. At the same time, football coaching salaries increased 128.9%, from $3,147,149 to $5,928,989.”

2. After striking out on former FSU quarterback Clint Trickett, Michigan might have found its safety net at quarterback. Brandon Mitchell, who announced earlier this week that he's leaving Arkansas, is considering transferring to Michigan. ESPN's Joe Schad reported Mitchell's other choices are NC State, UAB, Louisiana Tech and FCS program Northwestern State. The Wolverines desperately need a backup quarterback. Devin Gardner is replacing Denard Robinson under center this coming season, but the Wolverines don't have an experienced backup after Russell Bellomy suffered a season-ending knee injury in spring camp. Mitchell attempted only 43 passes in three seasons at Arkansas, after playing receiver last season. He'll graduate from Arkansas this spring and will be eligible to play in 2013.

3. Hard to fault Herschel Walker's nephew for not wanting to play at Georgia. Milan Richard, a highly recruited tight end from Savannah, Ga., verbally committed to play at Clemson earlier this week. UGA, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt also recruited him. Richard's interest in the Bulldogs seemed to wane after Jeb Blazevich, another highly regarded tight end, committed to Georgia. Few players are more singularly identified with their schools than Walker is to UGA, so Richard undoubtedly made the right decision. He can go to Clemson and blaze his own trail.