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Lions notes looks at Jim Caldwell's thoughts on the death of Maya Angelou (they knew each other from their time at Wake Forest), Gunther Cunningham's love of numbers and much more.

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  • Jim Caldwell released a statement on Wednesday about the death of Maya Angelou, who taught at Wake Forest at the same time that he was the school's head football coach. Via the Detroit Lions, here's a look at what he had to say:

    "She was extremely impactful. You look at just the body of her work and what a difference that made for our society from a cultural standpoint, and from a social standpoint as well. She influenced a number of students and folks, like myself, who worked there at the university, who had the great fortune of coming into contact with her."

    "She invited me to her home and she had a reception for me to get to know people within the community. She was on the faculty there for many years and one of the beloved literary giants in our lifetime."

  • Gunther Cunningham, who is now working as a senior coaching assistant for the Lions, loves him some numbers: "I’m a crazy man when it comes to numbers. There is something in the numbers that can help us in football."

  • If you're interested in observations from Wednesday's OTA, check out ESPN, the Free Press and MLive.

  • Jason La Canfora identified Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi as one of the NFL's "coordinators on the rise."

  • Calvin Johnson has done an excellent job of keeping his personal life out of the news over the years, but he landed on TMZ on Wednesday thanks to an alleged altercation between his girlfriend and "a supposed baby mama."

  • Eric Ebron also landed on TMZ this week, although his appearance was strictly because someone "interviewed" him when he arrived in Los Angeles for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere.