First it was Pat White getting a hug and a peck on the check, now it’s MSU Guard Drew Nietzel who is benefiting from the Erin Andrews “touch”. The Senior guard got to talk with Ms. Andrews for 15 minutes or so before the Spartans game last Tuesday against Ohio State. And while Drew says the talk “helped” him, it also made his teammates very jealous….

Senior center Drew Naymick was still lamenting the fact that had he not failed to convert a three-point play during what was otherwise his best game of the season on Tuesday against Ohio State, he would have been interviewed by ESPN’s comely sideline reporter after the game instead of senior guard Drew Neitzel.

“If I would have made those free throws that would have been me,” Naymick said.

Neitzel, however, talked to Andrews for about 15 minutes during the pre-game shoot-around and all he did is score eight of MSU’s first nine points (Naymick opened the game by making one of two foul shots) on 3-for-5 shooting including two 3-pointers, get a rebound and a steal for a quick triple-single.

“All the other guys were kind of jealous,” Neitzel said. “I was pretty pumped up after talking to her. She gave me that little boost that I needed, I guess.”

A “little boost” huh? Riiiight. Seriously though, if I was a College Coach I would hire Erin Andrews to give speeches to certain players before big games. She could make a fortune giving mini pep talks.

A reporter asked Naymick if next time Andrews is covering the game, would he go extra hard for the player-of-the-game interview with her?

“Absolutely,” he said without hesitation.


Another reason not to like the Big Ten Network? No Erin Andrews (

(Thanks to Matt for sending the link along)