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Cane helps ease Florida Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis' hip pain

It has been almost a half-century since Nebraska's last visit to Michigan Stadium, the place where one of the most powerful programs of the modern era emerged. • Bob Devaney earned his first signature victory on that sunny September afternoon in 1962, upsetting the Wolverines 25-13 in what was supposed to be, according to the Detroit Free Press, an "opening day breather" for the home team. • The rest is history. • The 17th-ranked Huskers (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) go into today's game at No. 20 Michigan (8-2, 4-2) with 479 wins since 1962, an average of better than nine a year. • The next-highest victory total among major-college teams over that span is 438, by Oklahoma. Michigan is sixth on the wins list since '62, with 419, but its total of 892 is the most of all time. • Games between Nebraska and Michigan have been few and far between. Now that both are members of the Big Ten's Legends Division, they'll play annually. Their most recent meetings: Nebraska's 32-28 win in the 2005 Alamo Bowl and Michigan's 27-23 win in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Cane makes Weis able

If you caught a glimpse of Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis standing on the sideline with a cane during the South Carolina game last week, most likely your first thought was that his knees must be bothering him. After all, Weis is no stranger to knee injuries.

As the head coach at Notre Dame in 2008, Weis suffered torn ligaments in a game against Michigan when 6-foot-5, 264-pound Irish DE John Ryan was blocked into Weis' left knee on a punt return.

Weis was looking the other way.

Then in 2010, Weis had a piece of his kneecap fall off less than a week before NFL training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs began. He briefly used a cane then and later had surgery to repair the knee.

But the latest cane isn't about Weis' knees at all, he said this week. Well, at least not directly.

"What's happened is my knees are great," Weis said. "My left hip is killing me. I can either take a lot of drugs and walk fine, but then that affects (other things). It's one thing if you take it at 9 at night like a painkiller, but then it affects you during the day. You really can't do that. Although some people probably wonder if I took them anyway.

"But no. I chose — I could have taken more of a muscle relaxer and not had to use it, but I chose rather to have a sharper mind than to do that."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Quotable

"Northern schools have been tougher for our guys to get ready for than the southern schools in the Big 12 because they don't have a history with them. I felt some of that last week. There was no talk from our fans about Missouri. There was a lot of talk about Tech. That's a history here that we've got to change."

Mack Brown, Texas coach, on losing 17-5 to Missouri last week, beating Texas Tech 52-20 the week before and being 2-5 against Kansas State, whom he faces today

The money list

USA Today published salaries of most Division I-A coaches this week, though some private schools didn't provide the data. Here are some of the state schools, with salaries:

. Will Muschamp, Florida $3.221 million

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State $2.75 million

Skip Holtz, South Florida$1.7 million

George O'Leary, Central Florida$1.392 million

Mario Cristobal, Florida International$497,000

Howard Schnellenberger, Florida Atlantic$400,000

Notable: Miami, a private school, did not disclose Al Golden's salary. … Fisher, who received a $950,000 raise this year, is the ACC's highest paid coach and ranks 15th overall. … Seven SEC coaches rank ahead of Fisher on the salary list. … Texas' Mack Brown is the highest paid coach in the country at $5 million. … Auburn's Gene Chizik received a $1.4 million raise to $3.5 million after leading the Tigers to the national title last year. … The average head coach makes $1.47 million, an increase of 55 percent in the past six seasons.

Cane helps ease Florida Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis' hip pain 11/18/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2011 8:58pm]
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