- The basketball team held its awards banquet last night, and Manny Harris was named the MVP. In a surprising move, though, he asked to share the award with DeShawn Sims, making the two players co-MVPs. It was certainly a great gesture and shows how close the two native Detroiters are. For a full list of awards, click here.
- Harris and Sims will probably return to Michigan next season, but an official decision probably won’t be made until later this week (possibly tomorrow).
- Expectations are high for the basketball team next season.
- Bill Martin talked about Michigan’s new basketball practice facility and possible renovations to Crisler Arena at the spring game.
Regarding the new basketball practice facility, the next step is to get the final plans completed and then go back to the Board of Regents for design approval and the construction budget. Martin said the plan remains to have the facility functioning by 2011.
“We’re working on additional improvements inside (Crisler), if I can get them,” Martin said. “I’d love to get a new scoreboard and new video boards. I’ve got to find the money or figure out how to do that, and I haven’t figured that out yet.”
The improvements to Crisler the last couple of years (new sound system, new baskets, brighter lights, etc.) have been great, and one of the things I actually thought about while watching the selection show at Crisler was how cool it would be to get a new scoreboard like you see in pro sports arenas. I’m talking about one with HD screens and multiple video boards; the kind that has a circular LCD screen around it. Obviously it would cost a pretty penny, but if Martin can find enough money for it, a new scoreboard would be at the top of my wish list.
- Bill Martin also touched on the lighting situation at Michigan Stadium.
U-M athletic director Bill Martin said the construction project has wired the stadium ground for lights, either temporary ones at the TV networks’ request, or for permanent fixtures. No decision has been made on permanent lights yet.
I don’t know how long we will have to wait, but I’m guessing it is only a matter of time until Michigan plays a night game at the Big House. Rich Rodriguez is all about marketing the program, and the hype that would surround a night game at Michigan Stadium would be unreal. Personally, I would like to see one home game a season played at night. That is probably asking a bit too much for right now, but who knows, maybe night games will not be all that unusual to Michigan in a few years.
- Michigan’s game at Iowa next season will actually be played at night.
- Quarterbacks coach Rod Smith has apparently been flying down to Florida every once in a while to get Denard Robinson acclimated with the playbook.
- I was planning on writing a more informative update on Michigan’s newest commit, Stephen Hopkins, but ran out of time. For more on Hopkins, check out MGoBlog and Varsity Blue.
- Michigan impressed many recruits over the weekend, and a few may be on the verge of committing. Specifically, Marvin Robinson, a safety from Florida, seems like he is getting close to picking Michigan.
- The full list of spring football award winners can be found here.
- A Michigan State running back, Glenn Winston, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for his role in a fight that involved football and hockey players. Unsurprisingly, Andrew Conboy was one of the people that allegedly started the fight. He was the player that sucker-punched Steve Kampfer in the now infamous incident that happened back in January.