- Jon Bills, Mark Moundros, and former Michigan player Kirk Moundros were in a car accident yesterday, and Bills is going to have surgery today because his injury is apparently pretty serious. My thoughts go out to both him and the Moundroses.
- Smoking will be banned in all of Michigan Stadium starting this coming season.
- Michigan got a commit from Columbus defensive end Chris Rock last month.
- Sam Webb isn’t optimistic that Demar Dorsey and Antonio Kinard will make it to Michigan. Everybody else should be good to go, though.
- Desmond Howard isn’t entirely sure what he will say during his induction speech for the College Football Hall of Fame, but he is definitely going to honor Bo Schembechler.
- Assistant coach Mike Jackson is leaving Michigan to be an assistant at Purdue. Ouch.
- Darius Morris has been working out with likely No. 1 overall pick John Wall this offseason.
- Anthony Wright is going to transfer to Toledo and will be able to play next season if he pursues a graduate degree not offered at U-M.
- Construction of Michigan’s basketball practice facility has begun.
- John Beilein shared his memories of John Wooden, who passed away last week.
- The Michigan softball team ended up getting swept by Tennessee in the super regional, ending their season.
- The Michigan baseball team was eliminated from the Big Ten tournament after a couple of late-game collapses, so their season came to an end in May as well.
- Michigan’s Peter Vanderkaay is now training for the 2012 Olympics, which would be the third Olympics of his career.
- Someone from the Tampa Bay Rays is a Michigan hockey fan.
- Miami (Ohio) captain Tommy Wingels signed with the San Jose Sharks.
- The Michigan softball team lost its first home game since 2008 last night. Pitcher Jordan Taylor only gave up one earned run during the game, but Tennessee capitalized on a few Michigan mistakes and ended up winning 5-0. The Wolverines only managed one hit during the game, breaking up the near no-hitter in the seventh and final inning. To advance to the College World Series, Michigan will have to win twice today. Game two of the series gets underway at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU. If Michigan wins and forces a third and deciding game, it will start around 7 p.m. and be shown on ESPN2.
- Bree Evans, who’s had enough injury problems to deal with, hurt her right arm last night when a foul ball hit her in the dugout. Evans was on the ground for a few minutes before going to the clubhouse. She did come back out to Michigan’s dugout with her right arm in a sling, but there’s no word on how bad Evans’ injury is (she was supposed to get x-rays last night).
- The baseball team opened the Big Ten tournament with an 18-4 win over Iowa.
- MVictors took a look at where Bill Martin fits into this whole CARA forms mess.
- Get well soon, JoePa.
- Michigan opens its Super Regional series against Tennessee tonight at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor. Tonight’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN. Tomorrow’s first game begins at 4:30 p.m., and if a third game is necessary it will start at 7 p.m. Friday’s first game will be shown on ESPNU, whereas the third game will be on ESPN2.
- Desmond Howard has been elected to the College Football of Hall of Fame.
- Michigan’s hockey captains next season will be Carl Hagelin and Luke Glendening. The alternate captains will be Matt Rust and Louie Caporusso.
- For the third straight year, Michigan’s season-opener in football will be broadcast nationally and start in the afternoon. Just like the Utah game in 2008 and the Western Michigan game a year ago, the UConn game on September 4 will start at 3:30 p.m. and be shown on ABC/ESPN2 (depending on where you live). Also, it was announced that the UMass game on September 18 will start at noon and be shown on the Big Ten Network. So far the game times/TV details have been announced for five games. The other game times will be determined either six or twelve days prior to kickoff.
- Brian of mgoblog went through the documents included in Michigan’s response to the NCAA and determined that Brad Labadie and Scott Draper should be canned over how incompetent they were in handling the CARA forms. It’s truly amazing to read through the different e-mails and see just how poorly this was handled. If I were Rich Rodriguez, I would demand both to be fired right now, because this situation was made a lot worse over how mishandled it was by Labadie and Draper.
- Jonathan Chait took the Free Press to task for how inaccurate their “investigation” was.
- Michigan’s game against Kansas at Crisler Arena has been scheduled for January 9, the Sunday after the winter semester starts. Also, the Utah game is set for December 10, meaning it will be played the night before The Big Chill at the Big House.
- Ashton Kutcher had to wear a Michigan Wolverines shirt for some movie he’s in, and based on this picture I’d say he’s not a fan.
- The Michigan softball team rolled through its regional, beating Wright State once and Notre Dame twice in dominating fashion over the weekend. Michigan will now host Tennessee, the No. 15 seed in the tournament, in a super regional in Ann Arbor. Thursday’s game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN. Friday’s first game starts at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The second game, if necessary, will also be shown on ESPNU.
- Michigan’s response to the NCAA over practicegate was expected to be submitted today. We should hear about the details of the response on Tuesday.
- Although Michigan and Notre Dame announced a 20-year extension of their rivalry a few years ago, there is no contract making it official. Dave Brandon wants to make it official at some point, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a game played every single year. Remember, the rivalry is taking two years off in the future, and honestly, that is something I’d like to see more often. If the Notre Dame game is going to prevent Michigan from playing in big-time home and home series, then I’d rather play ND every other year or for two years and then take a two year break. That would give Michigan more flexibility with its schedule and allow for matchups with the big-time programs in college football like Ohio State has been doing.
- Tate Forcier is excited to play against San Diego State in 2011 because he feels they didn’t show him much love when he was being recruited in high school.
- Soony Saad, an incoming freshman for Michigan, received the honor of being named Gatorade’s National Soccer Player of the Year.
- That Big Ten expansion rumor from a couple weeks ago was complete BS, as confirmed by Jim Delany. Delany also said that the Big Ten is going to stick to its timetable, meaning we shouldn’t expect a sudden expansion announcement to happen this summer.
- Lloyd Carr’s opinion on Big Ten expansion is that “it’s inevitable.”
- In addition to some of Braylon Edwards’ former teammates at Michigan, Mark Sanchez, Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes, Donte’ Stallworth, and Kerry Rhodes also are scheduled to participate in his charity basketball game at Crisler Arena next month. Tickets are now available.
- WolverineHistorian uploaded a video of the trophy presentation after Michigan won the Big Ten title in 2003. As you’ll see in the video, Chris Perry was happy, to say the least.
- Michigan’s response to the NCAA’s allegations of rules violations (try saying that three times fast) will be submitted next Monday and made public on Tuesday, May 25. The response will include self-imposed sanctions, which Michigan hopes will satisfy the NCAA Committee on Infractions, who Michigan has to meet with in August. During that meeting the committee will determine whether more sanctions are needed or if the self-imposed ones are good enough.
- Rich Rodriguez and company won’t find out Demar Dorsey’s status (if he qualifies or not) for another few weeks.
- Michigan’s only serious injury during spring practice was when Will Heininger tore his ACL.
- The Griese/Hutchinson/Woodson Champions for Children’s Hearts Weekend raised more than $1 million for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
- MVictors has a recap of the Swing to Cure Diabetes Event.
- The Michigan basketball team could travel to Europe in late August for some games.
- The Michigan club lacrosse team won its third-straight MCLA title on Saturday, downing Arizona State 12-11 in the championship game. It certainly seems like it’s only a matter of time until lacrosse gets bumped up to the varsity level, but I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.
- Michigan was trailing Northwestern in baseball 14-0 yesterday after only 2.5 innings. The bad news obviously was that Michigan played so bad that it was down 14-0, but the good news was that it had plenty of time to get back into the game, and that is exactly what they did. Michigan slowly but surely chipped away at the 14-run deficit and eventually tied the game on a 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, Mike Dufek hit a walk-off home run to give Michigan the unbelievable 15-14 victory and to keep Michigan near the top of the Big Ten standings with one week left to play. This was such a ridiculous game that it made SportsCenter, which isn’t too surprising considering teams don’t often come back from 14-run deficits and win on a walk-off homer.
- The softball team received the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and will be hosting a regional this weekend.
- MGoBlue put together a piece on softball’s Bree Evans, who was seriously injured during a game last October but is once again healthy and playing for Michigan.
- Michigan’s game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is going to be at Clemson on Tuesday, November 30.
- Gil Brandt, the former longtime VP of player personnel for the Cowboys, said that whatever Rich Rodriguez told scouts about Morgan Trent was not why Trent dropped to the sixth round. In fact, Brandt gave his own scouting report on Trent and explained exactly why the former Wolverine was only a sixth-round pick.
- Mike Hart doesn’t regret using the phrase “little brother” to describe Michigan State after Michigan won the rivalry game in 2007.
- If he could do it over again, Drew Henson would have stayed for his senior season at Michigan instead of signing with the Yankees.
- Marvin Robinson is going to join the football team at some point in the next couple of weeks.
- Johnny Sears has signed with the Bengals.
- Dayeesha Hollins has left the women’s basketball team and is going to transfer somewhere closer to home.
- Isaiah Sykes ended up deciding to play college basketball at Central Florida.
- There may be some rule changes coming to NCAA hockey.
- MVictors has a good post examining what exactly went down between Bo Schembechler and Ernie Harwell during that whole saga in the early 90s.
- Purdue reinstated Justin Siller, the quarterback who torched Michigan in 2008.
- 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.
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