Tuesday Quick Hits: Idea of Notre Dame Ultimatum Nothing New

By · Tuesday, May 4, 2010 · 12:25 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Maize n Brew found that talk of the Big East giving Notre Dame an ultimatum isn’t a new concept.  In fact, Rich Rodriguez brought up the idea back in 2002.

    “I know this agreement was made earlier,” Rodriguez said. “I’m just a football coach and our players are just players, but we don’t understand some of the political things. I don’t understand why Notre Dame is getting the best of both worlds.  “I think the Big East is a great league and we can stand on our own. In my opinion, Notre Dame either needs to get in or get out.”

    Personally I’m with Rodriguez and current Big East coaches on this issue.  On top of the fact that Notre Dame gets the benefits of being in the Big East in non-football sports (not counting hockey), the football team also benefits by having bowl tie-ins connected with the Big East, which is what caused the above-mentioned complaint.  Conference expansion may cause Notre Dame to get in or get out anyways, but if I were a Big East coach, I definitely don’t think the positives of ND having partial membership in the conference outweigh the negatives.

  • Jon Runyan was interviewed by mgoblog.
  • FedEx has decided to no longer sponsor the Orange Bowl, ending a 21-year partnership.
  • Although NCAA tournament expansion to 68 teams has been approved, the selection committee now must decide on how to add the three new teams.  I personally hope they just make a play-in game for each of the 16 seeds.  Yes, more teams from mid-major conferences will go to the bottom of the barrel seeding-wise, but I’d rather just keep the play-in games the same rather than have one for a 16 seed and another for a 12 seed and so on.  Plus, I’d argue that teams in the play-in games get more exposure than simply going out and being slaughtered by a 1 seed, especially if there are multiple games and something like “play-in game Tuesday” becomes its own big thing.

Football Quick Hits: Catching Up on Everything

By · Wednesday, April 28, 2010 · 2:32 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan’s game at Penn State on October 30 is going to be at night.
  • Brandon Graham was selected with the 13th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft last week by the Philadelphia Eagles, which traded up to get him.  Zoltan Mesko was picked by the Patriots in the fifth round and Stevie Brown went to the Raiders at the end of the seventh round.
  • The three players mentioned above were the only ones from Michigan drafted, meaning Donovan Warren really shouldn’t have decided to skip his senior season to go pro.  Just like Ernest Shazor, he left a year early only to go undrafted.  He did sign with the Jets as an undrafted free agent, which is a pretty good team to end up with, but another year in college would have helped his stock big time.
  • In other undrafted free agent news, Greg Mathews and Brandon Minor signed with the Bears, Mark Ortmann ended up with the Panthers, David Moosman joined a few other former Michigan players in Arizona with the Cardinals, Carlos Brown got a deal with the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, and Marques Slocum, who left Michigan in 2008, signed with the Redskins.
  • The Free Press recapped what Graham’s draft night was like.
  • Maize n Brew interviewed Zoltan Mesko, and it is a must read.
  • Dave Brandon recently said this about Michigan’s current scoreboards at the Big House:

    “The reality is those scoreboards are old. They’re old technology and they’re old. I’ve already looked at sketches as to what that might look at and one of the scenarios could add a few seats.”

    Brandon also reiterated that construction of the new basketball practice facility will begin as soon as President Obama leaves town following this weekend’s commencement.  Also, while there may be advertising in Michigan Stadium for the spring game and The Big Chill, things will be different for normal football games, as Brandon understands the tradition of no ads in the Big House.

  • Rivals interviewed Elliott Mealer.
  • Troy Woolfolk, who has a split personality named T-Wolf, didn’t play in the spring game because a Devin Gardner pass in practice broke his pinky finger, causing the bone to go through the skin.
  • The Toledo Blade interviewed Mike Barwis.
  • Jamie Morris no longer is employed by the Michigan athletic department.
  • TomVH interviewed Demetrius Hart’s mom shortly after the spring game.  Hart and his mother visited Ann Arbor for the spring game, and he will be back next month for the BBQ at the Big House, where there’s a chance he could commit to Michigan.
  • Braylon Edwards is going to host a charity basketball game at Crisler Arena on June 19.
  • Chris Perry was arrested last week after getting into a fight with his cousin.  His mother is fighting cancer again, which is said to be the cause of tensions in his family.
  • Boubacar Cissoko allegedly attempted to rob a cab driver earlier this month and stole money from two deliverymen last month.  Some people just never learn.
  • Northwestern is going to play a football game at Wrigley Field.
  • The NCAA approved the Dallas Football Classic and Pinstripe Bowl, bringing the total number of bowl games to 35 for the next four years.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Catch the Michigan Spring Game on the BTN

By · Tuesday, March 30, 2010 · 10:51 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Monday Quick Hits: Michigan Will Play Miami in CCHA Semifinals

By · Monday, March 15, 2010 · 9:50 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan’s path to the NCAA tournament will have to go through the top team in the conference, as the Miami Redhawks beat Ohio State last night to advance to the CCHA semifinals.  Because Miami is the top seed in the playoffs, it will play Michigan, the lowest remaining seed.

    The time for Friday’s game hasn’t been set just yet, but considering the second CCHA semifinal will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, it’s a pretty safe bet that Michigan and Miami will face off at 8:05 p.m.  If Michigan beats Miami, it will play in the CCHA championship game at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday.  That game will be broadcast on FS Detroit as far as I know.  If Michigan loses to Miami, it will play in the third-place game at 3:35 p.m.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, though, because to reach the NCAA tournament, Michigan has to beat Miami and then beat the winner of the Northern Michigan/Ferris State game.  There is no room for error at this point.

  • MGoBlue has a cool video of Michigan’s locker room celebration after Saturday’s win against Michigan State.
  • The men’s bracket is out for the NCAA basketball tournament, and quite honestly I think it was an overall terrible job by the selection committee.  Either way, I can’t wait for the action to get started despite the fact that Michigan is not a part of it this year.  That may not be the case for the women’s bracket, however.  The women’s field of teams will be released tonight, and Michigan has a shot at going dancing.  On ESPN’s bracketology page for the women’s tournament, the Wolverines are one of the last four teams in, so they definitely have a shot.  Hopefully they will get a bid and give Michigan one basketball team in the NCAA tournament this year.
  • The NIT bracket is also out, and Michigan unsurprisingly didn’t make it into the field of 32 teams.
  • Manny Harris opted not to talk about if he will go pro after the Ohio State game.
  • Jimmy King would like to see the Fab Five’s banners put back up at some point in the future.  I tend to agree with him just because it would be good for recruits to come to Crisler Arena and see the Final Four banners, but then again, technically those Final Fours didn’t happen and the Fab Five didn’t exist, so I’m not exactly sure what should be done with them.
  • A new photo gallery of Michigan Stadium is up on MGoBlue.  This particular gallery looks at the entrance to the tunnel, which is being overhauled right now, as well as the installation of speakers in the north scoreboard (they used to be on the press box).
  • Jordan Kovacs will likely be placed on scholarship this fall.
  • Brandon Graham and Donovan Warren are going to work out for pro scouts on April 8 since both have been dealing with injuries.
  • Angelique Chengelis has a great idea for the spring game: play it at night.
  • Jake Long is a large man.
  • Desmond Howard, Jumbo Elliott, and Rob Lytle are candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Serious knee and ankle injuries are apparently more likely to happen on FieldTurf compared to grass.
  • Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary last week, has been suspended for the entire 2010 season.

Thursday Quick Hits: Michigan to Play in 2010 Legends Classic

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Tuesday Quick Hits: Jibreel Black Commits to Michigan

By · Tuesday, January 26, 2010 · 3:05 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Ohio defensive end Jibreel Black committed to Michigan over the weekend.  Black originally committed to Indiana and later switched to Cincinnati before eventually deciding on Michigan.  He has offers from those schools as well as Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Purdue, South Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  He is a 3-star on Rivals and ESPN and a 4-star on Scout.  Overall it seems like he has a lot of upside as a defensive lineman and is somebody who can contribute early on in his career.
  • With Black on board, Michigan’s recruiting class technically now has 27 players.  It’s probably actually 26, though.  There is no official news on Tony Drake’s status yet, but Scout has already removed him from Michigan’s list of commitments.  Assuming he will not be part of the class and there will be no decommitments or non-qualifiers (that’s a big assumption), Michigan’s class is filled up.  However, there are still two big recruits out there who have yet to choose a school — Sean Parker and Rashad Knight.  Michigan would definitely make room for them if they want to commit, but as it stands right now I believe that would mean another commit or two would have to grayshirt.  There’s no point in speculating just yet, as you never know if the entire class will make it to signing day or if Parker and Knight will even pick Michigan, but it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. (Demar Dorsey ended up committing to Florida State, by the way.)
  • Kelvin Grady has returned to the basketball team.  He approached John Beilein about returning, wondering if he could do anything to help the team.  Beilein saw that he could be a big help in terms of bringing quickness to the scout team, which is where he will likely spend most of his time right now.  It isn’t expected that he will get into a game unless injuries force him to play, because Beilein doesn’t want to burn a year of eligibility this far into the season in case Grady decides to become a two-sport athlete and continue to play basketball in the future.
  • Michigan followed up Friday’s impressive win over Ferris State with a crushing loss in Big Rapids on Saturday.  There wasn’t a ton of action during the first period, but Ferris State led after 20 minutes thanks to a soft shorthanded goal.  Bryan Hogan simply whiffed on the weak shot from a pretty good distance out, letting the Bulldogs go up 1-0.  Michigan answered back in the second period with a power-play goal, but the Bulldogs retook the lead before time expired to go into the third period up 2-1.  Just like the second game of the series against Alaska, Michigan waited and waited but eventually did tie things up with less than two minutes left.  Against FSU on Saturday Michigan went on the power play and Brian Lebler scored on an awesome tip in off of a nice pass from David Wohlberg.  Unfortunately Michigan took a bad penalty (it seemed to be a makeup call more than anything) right after it tied things up.  Ferris State put on the pressure, and following a terrible turnover by Chris Summers in his own zone, the Bulldogs scored with only 24 seconds left to eventually win 3-2.

    This was a tough loss to take considering Michigan was so close to going to overtime and getting a tie.  The fact that Michigan did lose, though, makes this coming weekend’s series with Michigan State all the more important.  MSU has been struggling a bit as of late, and if Michigan could avenge the Spartans’ sweep from earlier this season with one of its own, suddenly the Wolverines’ tournament hopes would be in pretty good shape.  I would settle for a win and a tie and a split at worst.  Another sweep by MSU, though, could be a knockout blow for Michigan’s season.

  • Erin Andrews will be in Ann Arbor for tonight’s game against Michigan State.
  • Purdue’s Chris Kramer and Matt Painter were whining about elbows again on Saturday during the Michigan game.
  • Lost Letterman interviewed Cazzie Russell.
  • Four former Michigan players (Mike Hart and Marlin Jackson for Indy; Adrian Arrington and Jonathan Goodwin for NO) and two former coaches (Terry Malone and Mike Mallory for NO) are going to the Super Bowl.
  • Tai Streets and Desmond Howard played in Curtis Granderson’s celebrity basketball game on Sunday and were asked about Rich Rodriguez.  Jalen Rose and Jimmy King also played in the game, and Lloyd Carr was one of the honorary coaches.
  • Urban Meyer’s leave of absence didn’t last long.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Michigan Enters AP Top 25

By · Tuesday, September 15, 2009 · 3:03 AM |  Share | 3 Comments 
  • Michigan is ranked 25th in the AP Poll and 26th in the USA Today Poll.
  • Guard David Moosman “popped his shoulder out” during the Notre Dame game and is could be out 1-2 weeks.
  • On a positive note, safety Michael Williams only suffered from cramps on Saturday.  He was taken off the field on a cart, making it seem like his injury was serious, but it turns out it wasn’t anything bad, so he should be good to go against Eastern Michigan.
  • It looks as though Junior Hemingway could return as early as the EMU game, but nothing is for sure.  Rich Rodriguez will again release the injury report on Thursday, which is a new individual policy that he encouraged other Big Ten coaches to adopt back in the spring.
  • There doesn’t appear to be any word on the status of Darryl Stonum, who left the ND game in the second half and didn’t return. (Stonum did come back after his injury.)
  • Tate Forcier and Stonum were named the Big Ten’s Players of the Week for their play against Notre Dame.
  • Greg Mathews took responsibility for Forcier’s interception.  There was a miscommunication of some sort, and Mathews is placing the blame on himself.
  • Forcier is one of four finalists for the AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week.
  • There are apparently rumors that Michigan is going to wear all white uniforms at Iowa next month. (HT: MGoBoard)
  • Former Michigan kicker Phil Brabbs has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cell.  My thoughts go out to Brabbs, who is best remembered for his last-second game-winning field goal against Washington back in 2002. (HT: mgoblog)

Tuesday Quick Hits: Greg Robinson Helping Prepare Michigan’s Offense

By · Tuesday, August 25, 2009 · 12:52 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
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