** New Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has been on the job for about two weeks. He’s already talking about renewing the football rivalry with Notre Dame.
** Pocket passer Jake Bentley from Opelika High in Alabama has committed to South Carolina in the 2017 recruiting class. He picked the Gamecocks over Alabama, L.S.U., Miami of Florida, and Stanford.
** No surprise here, as Bentley’s dad Bobby is South Carolina’s running backs coach.
** Jim Brown was a unanimous first-team All-American in football at Syracuse in 1956. He also averaged over 13 points per game in two years on the basketball team.
** Syracuse beat Gonzaga last night to advance to the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament.
** New Georgia coach Kirby Smart, on Jim Harbaugh taking Michigan to Florida for spring practice over spring break: “I think in due time the NCAA will have to step in.”
** Former Alabama fullback Kevin Turner has died of Lou Gehrig’s disease at the age of 46. Turner played on Alabama’s national championship team (13-0, coach Gene Stallings) in 1992 and went on to an NFL career.
** Turner’s son Nolan, 18, is going to Clemson to play for Dabo Swinney, who was a teammate of Turner’s at ‘Bama.