- Lloyd Carr spoke to Angelique Chengelis about the whole Morgan Trent/Rich Rodriguez draft book fiasco that developed over the weekend, clearing up exactly what his involvement in the situation was.
“That paragraph is completely a distortion of my conversation with Morgan,” Carr said. “That is a complete distortion, and it is not accurate. I have never spoken with the author. I have never met him. I have never had a conversation with him to the best of my knowledge.”
Trent also talked to Chengelis and backed off the assertion that Carr was the one who brought up what Rodriguez supposedly said and used specific quotes about it like the book implied.
“Lloyd didn’t bring any of this to my attention,” Trent said. “When we spoke, I brought it up to him, and he said he had heard some of the same things.”
This still isn’t a great situation, but at least we now know that Carr didn’t go running to Trent or the author of this book to share the specifics of how Rodriguez was trashing one of his former players to scouts. That wasn’t necessarily what the book was trying to convey either, but the excerpt could easily be interpreted that way.
- 2010 power forward Colton Christian has committed to Michigan. Christian was originally set to go to Tulane, but he changed his mind after a coaching change. Christian then made a few visits and picked up offers from Cal and Penn State before ultimately deciding on Michigan following a trip to Ann Arbor this past weekend. He isn’t ranked on Rivals and only has two stars on Scout, but ESPN grades him as an 85, which isn’t bad. This definitely seems like another sleeper type of recruit, but Christian did play at the Hargrave Military Academy this past year, prompting ESPN to give him this evaluation:
Tulane may have landed a sleeper as Christian plays a very efficient, and college ready, brand of basketball. He isn’t going to dominate the game with his scoring but has some inside-out skills and impacts the game in a variety of ways. He’s a capable scorer on the block with a little jump hook and can also step out to 18 feet and shoot. He’s strong and very athletic off of two feet, bodies up well defending the post, and rebounds out of his area. Look for him to see immediate minutes next year at Tulane.
The best part about getting Christian is that he adds more height to the team (Rivals lists him as being 6-7). He isn’t a seven-footer or anything, but the added depth in the post will be very welcomed by John Beilein and company. Plus, he becomes the fourth recruit to join the 2010 recruiting class, meaning he, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz, and Jon Horford will be coming to Ann Arbor this summer as true freshmen ready to contribute to the 2010-11 Wolverines in some form.
- UM Hoops has a recap of yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new basketball practice facility. AnnArbor.com also has a recap of the event as well as some videos.
- Patrick Beilein (John’s son), who has been a graduate manager at Michigan, is leaving to take an assistant coaching job at Dartmouth.
- Some of the top matchups for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge have leaked out. There’s no word on who Michigan will play yet, but its opponent will not be Duke, Virginia Tech, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State, or Miami (the ‘Canes aren’t participating in it this year).
- Big Ten expansion rumors went crazy yet again yesterday when a radio station reported that Nebraska, Missouri, Notre Dame, and Rutgers had been invited to join the conference. The rumor itself seemed like just another BS report, which was seemingly confirmed by the various denials issued throughout the day by the schools involved. Even so, the rumor picked up steam and even caused ESPN to report on it, kicking discussion of expansion back into high gear.
I will admit that I took the bait when the Pitt rumor came out a couple months ago, but since then each rumor has just really been annoying more than anything. Until the Big Ten has deals in place to add teams to the conference, I doubt anything will be announced by them, and all of these other rumors just don’t seem too credible. I’m sure there is some validity to the idea of where there’s smoke, there’s fire. However, I will have a tough time believing any rumor until something official is announced by the Big Ten.
- Personally, I think Black Heart Gold Pants’ take on Big Ten expansion was just about as credible as the rumor that popped up yesterday.