Michigan's Conlan Deals with Famous Roommate
Michigan guard Travis Conlan has almost become better known in recent weeks for having a famous roommate - Wolverines quarterback Brian Griese.
When living arrangements were being set up, Conlan probably expected a quiet school year out of Griese.
"Last year at this time, he wasn't even thinking about playing football," Conlan said. "He did a good job, led Michigan to a national championship, now he's probably going to get a chance to play at the next level.
"It's been great, nothing but positive things. I've become good friends with him. I've learned from him how to handle pressure, just like he probably learned from me a little bit. So it was good."
Except maybe for all those phone calls from agents who want to represent Griese, now that he's being mentioned as a mid-round NFL draft pick.
"We've got caller ID," Conlan said. "So every time it says 'out of area,' we just kind of let it ring."
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Crime and punishment: A rumor making the rounds at the United Center is Big Ten referee Ted Valentine, who charged Bob Knight with 3 technical fouls last week against Illinois, has quietly been suspended by the league and will not work Big Ten games next November or December. He could return for the start of the conference season in January, as the story goes.
ESPN studio analyst Digger Phelps also reported the rumor, based on his own sources Friday afternoon.
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Forever UPers: In 1972, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and San Francisco 49ers coach Steve Mariucci comprised the starting backcourt for Iron Mountain High School in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Izzo and Mariucci served as best man in each other's wedding and are godfathers of each other's children.
Izzo was planning to be Mariucci's guest at the Super Bowl, but the 49ers couldn't get past the NFC championship. No word if Mariucci was planning to be Izzo's guest at the Big Ten title game on Sunday.
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Thug life: Do you think playing for Bob Knight is tough? Indiana's William Gladness can probably handle it.
Gladness grew up on the unfriendly streets of West Memphis, Ark. He didn't play organized basketball in high school and dropped out altogether after his junior year. …