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Former NMU coach eyes Super Bowl with Ravens

February 1, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Jerry Rosburg, Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach and former Northern Michigan University defensive coordinator, believes youth football coaches have a responsibility to make the game fun.

"Unfortunately, the coaches take the fun out the game," Rosburg, 57, told "Youth football coaches should be judged by retention rate and not their won-lost record. If you have 100-percent retention, if everyone on your team comes out for football next year, you should be Coach of the Year. You might win nine games and never suffer defeat, (but) if you have a 50-percent retention rate, you should be fired. That's my opinion."

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Rosburg, busy with postseason work, turned down an interview for the Chicago Bears head coaching job.

"The most important thing that I had in front of me was getting our team to the Super Bowl," said Rosburg, who roomed with Iron Mountain's Tommy Izzo and Steve Mariucci at NMU. "This team is the most important thing to me right now and there is nothing that is going to get in the way of that right now, professionally speaking." ...

Northern Michigan University men's basketball team, with a roster reduced to seven players by injuries and suspensions, faces Michigan Tech today.

"That's the hand I was dealt and I'm going to play out," said NMU Coach Doug (My Way Or The Highway) Lewis, winless in four meetings with the Huskies. "Tech is a rival game and the GLIAC is not a forgiving league." ...

A free throw from Florence freshman Chyanne Schaut lifted flu-ravaged UW-Marinette past UW-Fox Valley 59-58 in women's basketball. Schaut finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

"She played a great game," Marinette Coach Jeff Sunstrom said. "Because our guards were sick, the post players had to play a lot of minutes." ...

It doesn't seem fair to the rest of The Daily News' Great NFL Contest panel that ol' Scuttle can tap the expertise of Mel McKinney. The "Las Vegas Sports Authority," onetime right-hand man to Ralph Calcaterra at the Holiday Motel, likes San Francisco in the Super Bowl by 31-17 ...



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