Belichick happy to have LaRussa, Thibodeau visiting

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Belichick happy to have LaRussa, Thibodeau visiting

If only Bill Belichick's friends could visit Foxboro every day. Tony LaRussa and Tom Thibodeau visited Day 2 of Patriots mini camp and brought a rare smile to Belichick's face.

"It's great. It's great having them here," Belichick said. "I have all the respect in the world for Tom and Tony. They're great coaches in their respective sports. Tony has won over like 2000 games . . . He wins more games in a month than I've won in my career.

"Tom's done a great job. I respected what he did here in Boston, with his defensive patterns.

"I have a lot of questions I want to ask them about running a team, getting ready for the season, things like that, maybe they'll be able to help me out."

The trio hung out in the rain for part of Wednesday's practice, and it looks like Belichick was nice enough to dive into his pile of backup hoodies to make sure his pals were taken care of.

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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