ScuttleBu(r)t

ScuttleBu(r)t …

NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci couldn’t elude questions about Tommy Izzo’s coaching future during his NFL Draft duties in New York.

During an interview with Chris (Mad Dog) Russo of XMSirius Radio, “Mooch” was asked about Izzo leaving Michigan State for an NBA job.

“I do not rule out anything but I know he loves Michigan State,” Mariucci said of his long-time Iron Mountain pal.

And in a follow-up question, will Mariucci ever coach again?

“I’d consider it, but I love what I’m doing with the NFL Network,” said the well traveled football coach, noting he has three months of vacation starting shortly.

By the way, Mariucci has been contacted in the past few years about coaching but declined to discuss particulars.

As for the NFL Draft, Mariucci likes Johnny Manziel but didn’t see the “very unpredictable” quarterback going in the top eight picks. He went 22nd to the Cleveland Browns.

Mariucci also calls the Seahawks and 49ers as the two best teams in football …

Michigan State’s Tommy Izzo may not approve of his buddy “Mooch” hanging out with the enemy.

Mariucci, in New York for the NFL Draft, took a picture with University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke …

Possible National Football League free agents – kickers Eric Kindler of UW-Whitewater and Tyler Seivertsen of Northern Iowa – are represented by Perla Sports Management.

NFL certified agent John Perla of Brookfield, Wis., a former Mountaineer defensive back and kicker, also works with Detroit Lions kicker John Potter and Buffalo Bills punter Jake Dombrowski …

If Menominee’s Jacob Pedersen hears his name called in the National Football League draft, he’ll be the first Maroon receiver since Bret Pearson (1985, San Diego Chargers) to be picked.

Pedersen, a record-setting tight end at Wisconsin, is projected to be a late-round selection …

From LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, on what happens after he calls a timeout during an NBA game: “I meet with my coaches out on the court and they tell me what they think we should do. I ignore them, go back to the bench and tell the players what I think they should do. They ignore me and go out and do whatever they want to do.” …

Michigan State football may wind up with another son of former Green Bay Packer tight end Mark Chmura. Tight end Dylan Chmura (6-5, 240) is already a Spartan, and his younger brother, outside linebacker Dyson (6-3, 216) of Waukesha, may follow to East Lansing …

Former UConn guard Shabazz Napier has signed with noted agent Rob Pelinka, who also represents Kobe Bryant, Celtics forward Gerald Wallace, Rockets guard James Harden and Pelicans guard Eric Gordon,

Pelinka, a former University of Michigan basketball player, once participated in the Iron Mountain Gus Macker …

Michigan State and Notre Dame will meet next season in men’s basketball, clashing Wednesday, Dec. 3, at South Bend for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. They last met 35 years ago when the Spartans dumped the Irish 80-68 …

Chicago’s Vince Garrett, a 6-foot-6 guard who led Hermansville BKP Logging to the Gold Medal Classic Class A basketball title, started 13 games for UW-Green Bay this past season. The tournament’s outstanding player, who began his college career at Rutgers, averaged 6.3 points per game for the Phoenix.

Garrett canned 39 points to lead BKP past Hermansville Luft’s 81-76 in the finals …

Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, according to ESPN, is the sixth-highest paid athlete for 2014 at $31.5 million. Only Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make more in the NFL at $40 million this coming season.

Noted Tim Staudt of the Lansing State Journal: “Only the Lions could pay one player at the most important position that much and still have nothing to show for it from his tenure toward making the playoffs.” …

Happy Mother’s Day …