AP: It's possible with the talent we've got offensively. And a big part of it is our defense—they get the offense back on the field when they get those three-and-outs. The talent we have around us, and having Brett back there to balance out the offense and keep teams honest, it's possible it could happen.
DP: Do you expect to be in the Super Bowl?
AP: Yeah. I expected to be in the Super Bowl even before Brett came. We've got all the tools in the toolbox to be able to put this run together.
Tony Stewart has been advising Danica Patrick, who's been contemplating a switch to NASCAR from the IRL. Stewart made the same switch in '99. Now a car owner, Stewart said he'd like to find a way to help her out. "She's the first female who has a shot at doing it right," he told me. "It would be really cool to be part of giving her the tools to accomplish those goals."
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez talked about the NCAA investigation into complaints by some of his players that they were being overworked in violation of NCAA rules. He said most players were eager to put in extra work. "In the springtime [players] were calling us to open the building—30, 40 kids would come in," Rodriguez told me. "I think our fans appreciate that our guys are trying to get to a championship level."
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Texas Tech coach Mike Leach thinks former WR Michael Crabtree, who left after two seasons and is now holding out from the 49ers, is getting bad advice. When I asked Leach if he advised Crabtree, he said, "If he followed my advice, he'd still be at Texas Tech."
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