Mom of Stanford transfer lands job at Michigan


Gentleman, fuel the black helicopters and get those birds in the air — there’s a new conspiracy over which some may want to hover.

Early last month, Stanford defensive back Wayne Lyons announced that, as expected, he would be eschewing the NFL draft and returning for a final season at the collegiate level.  Whether that final season would be spent on The Farm is in question as, shortly thereafter, rumors began circulating that Lyons was seriously considering a transfer.

Specifically, he’s considering a transfer to Michigan.  Jim Harbaugh, UM’s new head coach, had recruited Lyons to Stanford before he left for the San Francisco 49ers a month before the player signed with the Cardinal, so the connection is obvious.

There’s now another obvious connection to Ann Arbor, one that will certainly have the anti-UM crowd buzzing.  From

Lyons’ mother, Gwendolyn Bush, appears in the school’s directory as an athletics player development staffer. Michigan’s football program had been looking for a director of player development.

According to Bush’s Facebook page, she moved to Ann Arbor Jan. 15, one day before her son’s announcement and two weeks after Harbaugh was officially introduced as UM’s head coach.  According to a posting on the same social media website, Bush started working at the University of Michigan in the capacity mentioned above on Feb. 2.

What Bush did prior to this new job is not 100-percent clear, although from what we can ascertain she was a school teacher in Ft. Lauderdale and somehow connected to a seven-on-seven football program in the area.  In a May, 2010 profile of her son, Bush is described as a teacher and administrator.

Let’s also get this bit of business out of the way: On Jan. 17, Harbaugh announced the hiring of UM legend Tyrone Wheatley as his running backs coach.  Nearly three weeks later, Wheatley’s son, four-star recruit Tyrone Wheatley Jr., signed with the Wolverines.

As for the player the Wolverines would be getting should he decide to head to Ann Arbor?  Lyons played in all 41 games the past three seasons for Stanford, starting all 13 games in 2013.  He shared the starting job in 2014.

As a graduate transfer, Lyons would be eligible to play immediately in 2015.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.