Senior Bowl MVP Brandon Graham: Pitt to Big Ten?

Jay NicolsCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 6:  Defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Michigan Wolverines raises his arms during the game against the Miami of Ohio Red Hawks on September 6, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Wolverines defeated the Red Hawks 16-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Senior Bowl Aftermath

The Senior Bowl, unfortunately, gave me little excitement. As always, these games are a bit of show and tell. The players show their tools off and the coaches critique said tools. That being said, this game is most important for NFL coaches.

As the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins coaches were able to get hand on as they spent a week with the seniors and hopeful NFL talent.

All week we heard about Tim Tebow. Tebow this, Tebow that, Tebow can't make a throw, Tebow gets sacked, Tebow is God, Tebow, Tebow, Tebow, can we stop talking about him now? He looked like just another quarterback.

Other players are there, too, but it took until game-time for them to get the TV space Tebow always gets.

Brandon Graham was one of those players. He has been talked about as a low second round pick. Yesterday changed that dramatically, he could now be a first-round pick.

He lit up the South's offense for two sacks and a forced fumble.

Graham told the AP in an article on , "It shows that I'm going to go hard 100 percent of the time all day and whoever gets me is going to love me."

But if you caught ESPN after the game, it would be hard to tell Graham won the MVP. It was still about that kid from Florida, who looked pedestrian at best. I shouldn't be too surprised, ESPN is the SEC Network, so that's what they push down our throats.

But, as Michigan fans have seen over the past couple of seasons, the NFL network viewing audience got to see up close: Brandon Graham showed his speed, skills, force, and disruption skills. Remember, he was on that Michigan defensive team who got to newly minted Heisman winner Tim Tebow in 2008.

He follows in the footsteps of former Michigan defensive players LaMarr Woodley and David Harris, who have had great success moving from college to the pros. Look for Graham to be upsetting offensive linemen and quarterbacks on Sunday afternoons.


Big Ten Expansion

Is the Big Ten on the verge of adding the University of Pittsburgh? Reports have been filed and rumors have started to swirl that Pitt will be the 12th team.

According to the blogoshpere, Pitt players were told about this last night and subsequently tweeted about it. However, no tweets have been found by players and you can assume they were deleted if they did tweet something.

That's a fishy story, right?

I don't buy it. How can they have picked a team so quickly after telling the world they were going to take over a year?

I don't think it's a bad choice if it happens, but why give a timetable and a month into it pick a team.

These rumors say it will be announced on Thursday Feb. 4. If you believe the late night money scams on TV, go ahead and buy into this. I won't.