Wednesday Quick Hits: Catching Up on Everything

By · Wednesday, December 10, 2008 · 4:48 AM |  Share | 6 Comments 
  • With my exams out of the way and the semester over (for me, anyways), I plan on working on some site-related things in the next few weeks. I don’t think there will be any major changes to the design of the site, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Also, even though Michigan isn’t in a bowl game, I still planning on doing predictions and things like that for all 34 games. I will also probably post a bowl schedule like I did last year in the coming days.
  • According to Rich Rodriguez, Carson Butler is probably going to enter into the NFL Draft, Avery Horn may transfer, and Sam McGuffie’s future is still uncertain. Rodriguez also expects Brandon Graham to return, which makes sense considering Graham was recruiting Will Campbell at the basketball game and rushed the court with the recruits.
  • Despite the win over Duke, Michigan is not ranked in either of the major college basketball polls. Michigan is 28th in the AP Poll and 31st in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.
  • When I rushed the court after the Duke game there were two not-so-great moments that I was nearly involved in. A Duke student manager or assistant of some sort was actually physically grabbing and pushing fans out of the way so Mike Krzyzewski had a clear path to leave the court. I understand why they wanted Krzyzewski out of there, but I felt it was unnecessary to physically move students out of the way like the Duke person did.

    Also, as I made my way onto the court, a couple people in front of me actually fell. A police officer thankfully made his way over to help them up, but I was worried they were going to get trampled. Now I see why rushing the court can be dangerous.

  • Speaking of rushing the court, a few different videos of the aftermath of the Duke game are on YouTube.
  • UM Hoops has a video of John Beilein’s speech before the Duke game.
  • C.J. Lee’s reaction to the Duke game has been posted on MGoBlue.
  • Whether or not freshman center Ben Cronin will redshirt is likely going to be decided this week. My guess is that he will redshirt, as it still looks like he is still being bothered by a hip injury.
  • As mentioned in the recap of the Duke game, Rich Rodriguez, his wife and son, William Campbell, William Gholston, and Brandon Graham were all in attendance. The three players (as well as other recruits) rushed the court after the game. Some of the other recruits for both basketball and football at Crisler on Saturday were Tim Hardaway’s son, Matt Poches, Brandan Kearney (basketball recruits), all three of Michigan’s football commits from Ohio, and commits Thomas Gordon and Teric Jones from Cass Tech.
  • Basketball commit Jordan Morgan was ejected from his first game of the season for getting two technical fouls.
  • Laval Lucas-Perry was wearing a kick ass suit on Saturday. If he plays half as well as he dresses, Michigan will be in good shape at the point guard position.
  • Freshman David Wohlberg was named the CCHA Player of the Week.
  • Nearly 1300 teddy bears were tossed on the ice during the first intermission of the Michigan-Michigan State hockey game. The teddy bears will be given to kids at Mott Hospital.
  • “Ann Arbor’s Big Show” will debut today on WTKA from 3-6 p.m. The show will be hosted by Jeff DeFran and Ben Holden. John Bacon will join the show in the New Year. I guess that explains why none of Bacon’s classes at the University of Michigan were offered for the upcoming semester. I was disappointed, as I wanted to take one or more of them, but a radio show definitely would conflict with them.
  • Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who may win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, committed to OU just days after Lloyd Carr was unable to call him to offer a scholarship due to the birth of a grandchild.
  • Kicker Brendan Gibbons, a Michigan commit, was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that will be played on January 3.
  • Football commit Craig Roh is Arizona’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year.
  • The Spawn of MZone put Ohio State players into the ElfYourself website. The video that was produced is hilarious.
  • Eastern Michigan’s basketball coach was suspended for three days due to an altercation with a student. The coach will be back on Thursday, so he will be on the bench for Saturday’s game at Michigan.
  • USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is Washington’s new football coach.
  • Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who is a great assistant and even better recruiter, is New Mexico’s new head coach.
  • Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is going to return for his senior season.

6 Comments

  1. Aram says:

    We must have been right near each other on the court rushing, because I was helping people get up who were about to get trampled when I was shoved rather roughly by a Duke manager…

  2. Sean says:

    Yeah, right by the Michigan bench or that area.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you look at the Rivals film, Gholston (on defense) ate William Campbell (on the offensive line) alive. If I had a choice, I would much rather have Gholston.

    Of course getting both would be the best situation.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have heard that Campbell prefers to play on the Defensive side of the ball and is slated to play DT at the college level. If that’s the case then that film should not be anything to worry about.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If he prefers playing on the defensive side of the ball, that bodes well for us. (I think the $EC is recruiting him as an OT.) All RRod has to do is show him the case of Barksdale. (L$U recruited him as a “DT” and now he is their starting OT.)

    Even though Campbell is going to play defense for us, the film is a little concerning since he looks slow and massively overweight and he seems to take plays off.

    With proper coaching and Barwis’ conditioning program, Campbell will be a beast. I just do not see it happening until his 3rd year in the program. Gholston, on the other hand, looks like he could make a contribution immediately, while Campbell will take a couple of years to adjust to the college game.

  6. Sean says:

    Gholston is a 2010 recruit, by the way.

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