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May 10, 2010
Monday with Mike: Best leagues by position
With all the spring practices over nationwide, it's time to fully focus on the fall.
As such, here's an early list spotlighting which league is best at each position.
The Emerald Bowl will be no more after this season. Well, the game at San Francisco's AT&T Park still will exist but under a different name: The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Give it up for former Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who announced recently that he will donate $2.6 million to his alma mater. He will give $2 million to the athletic department and $600,000 to the engineering department. Suh was a construction management major, which is under the auspices of Nebraska's engineering department.
Iowa plays host to Ball State on Sept. 25, and the Hawkeyes will use the game to celebrate the 1960 and 1985 Big Ten title teams. They'll do so by wearing jerseys from … 1958.
Former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer will give the commencement address for the UT College of Communications on Wednesday.
Keep an eye on the recruitment of Miami Belen Jesuit outside linebacker Nick Menocal, a 6-3, 235-pounder. He has one offer so far, from hometown Florida International, but expect that offer list to grow quickly. At that size, he ran the third leg on Belen's 4x100 relay team, which won the Florida state Class 3A title Friday night. While there are eight classifications for football in Florida, there are just four for track, and Belen -- with four football players -- cruised to the 4x100 title, clocking a 41.38. St. Petersburg Lakewood was second in 41.86 and Miami Jackson third in 42.32. Belen's leadoff leg was run by senior-to-be wide receiver Javier Rodriguez, while Virginia-bound wide receiver Pablo Alvarez ran the second leg and William & Mary-bound quarterback Nic Platt ran the anchor leg. Alvarez also won the state title in the 300-meter hurdles in 36.73 seconds. Punta Gorda Charlotte's Mike Bellamy, who might be the best running back in the state this fall, won the 3A 100 meters in 10.51 seconds, while Tampa Hillsborough cornerback Terrence Mitchell, who signed with USF, was third in 10.74.
In March, we "previewed" the USA Rock Paper Scissors League College Championships. It ended up being an all mid-major final, with Eastern Illinois senior Brittany Kraft beating Northern Iowa junior Andrew Richard during spring break in Acapulco. Kraft, who is majoring in elementary education with a concentration in math, threw a rock to beat Richard's scissors. Richard is majoring in philosophy. (People still major in philosophy? Cool.) For her win, Kraft earned $25,000, which must be used toward college tuition.
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.