DL Brett Daly has a big appointment next week in Ann Arbor, Mich. No, this is the day before THAT one.
Daly, a former walk-on who was put on scholarship before this, his senior season, is interviewing to go to medical school - Michigan`s medical school.
"My first interview is with Michigan on Friday of next week," he said this week. "It kind of works out good for me. I`ll just go down the night before, the interview is in the morning and I`ll meet up with the team right when they get there. It`s really ironic they offered me the interview the day before (the Ohio State-Michigan game)."
He joked that the doctors and administrators in Ann Arbor had a master plan.
"They knew I`m on the team," he said. "They`re just trying to mess with me and see if they can get in my head before the game."
Daly, an Elyria High grad who transferred from Case Western Reserve, said Michigan has one of the top medical schools in the nation.
"If I did go there, it would be really strange," he said. "I`d still wear my Ohio State stuff."
The catch is that Daly also has applied to Ohio State`s medical school.
"It`d be really tough if it came down to that (Michigan) and Ohio State," he said.
Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Illinois (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.), but the Illini have won two of the last three in Ohio Stadium.
WHY NOT TRES?
Jim Tressel, who won the award in 2002, is among the candidates for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, presented by the American Heart Association to the top college football coach each year.
The list includes Mike Bellotti (Oregon), Rich Brooks (Kentucky), Lloyd Carr (Michigan), Randy Edsall (UConn), Dennis Erickson (Arizona State), Jeff Jagodzinski (Boston College), June Jones (Hawaii), Mark Mangino (Kansas), Les Miles (LSU), Chris Petersen (Boise State), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mark Richt (Georgia), Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia, Nick Saban (Alabama) and Bob Stoops (Oklahoma).
The award isn`t presented until Jan. 17, long after the national champion is decided.