Monday, February 2, 2009

The longest day

I continue celebrating the Steelers' Super Bowl victory, but I am also reminded that today is the longest period before the NFL returns.

Now talk turns to expectations and the future as the latest crop of college players is graded and soon drafted.

Amid all that is IU football, coming off a dismal season and equally dismal prospects. Another sign that the past season was sub-par -- the number of IU players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine later this month in Indianapolis.

The Big Ten had 46 players invited to the combine. Indiana is sending one. Just one. Wide-receiver Andrew Means was the only player considered NFL material.

Michigan had one of its worst seasons ever and still is sending four players. Ohio State and Penn State are sending eight each. Wisconsin is sending seven players.

Surprising, the Hoosiers' poor showing in the upcoming combine is not the lowest in the conference. Minnesota isn't sending anyone.

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