Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
There's a reason Pat Fitzgerald got into the College Football Hall of Fame as a Northwestern linebacker and not into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of his beloved White Sox.
Unfortunately for Fitzgerald, he got a painful reminder of that reason on Thursday. During a demonstration with a JUGS pitching machine, the Northwestern head coach had a baseball hit him right in the mouth. According to ESPN.com senior writer Ivan Maisel, who alerted me to Fitzgerald's mishap, the coach damaged his front teeth and will need some dental work.
Fitzgerald remains in good spirits, telling me in a text message this morning, "I'm all good. Still ugly as ever with a full head of teeth." We agreed that in the future, he should stick to tackling demonstrations.
I tell you this because I was recently asked in a chat which Big Ten coach I'd want backing me up in a bar fight. Well, I think I have my answer.
Before the weekend kicks off, some links for you.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Michael Rothstein has been blogging all day from the NFL combine in Indianapolis and posted some good quotes from Penn State wide receivers Derrick Williams and Deon Butler. Williams gets a little morbid when discussing Lions head coach Joe Paterno.
"The things that spook us out as players is that we think Joe is going to be buried on the field," Williams said. "Everyone is going to come to the stadium and if he does go, it's just going to be a big funeral at the stadium."
Recruiting expert Josh Helmholdt discusses Michigan's recruiting.
The most significant thing about Indiana's staff shuffle today was Dennis Springer being elevated to assistant head coach, Chris Korman writes in the (Bloomington) Herald Times.
Some at the NFL combine are questioning whether Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells avoids contact, The Columbus Dispatch's Ken Gordon writes in his blog.