One Final Quick Hits

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Tuesday Quick Hits: Colton Christian Commits to Michigan

By · Tuesday, May 11, 2010 · 2:50 PM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • 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.

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.

Wednesday Quick Hits: Trey Zeigler Picks Central Michigan

By · Wednesday, April 14, 2010 · 11:25 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Trey Zeigler decided not to wait until next week to make an announcement about where he will play college basketball, as he said today on ESPNU that he will be going to Central Michigan.  Zeigler will sign his LOI tomorrow morning to make it official.  Although I figured Zeigler would go to a bigger school since his offer list was so impressive, this move isn’t all that surprising, especially when you consider that Trey’s dad, Ernie Zeigler, just got a four-year extension with CMU on Tuesday.  Taking that into account, it’s no coincidence that Zeigler’s long recruitment finally came to an end when it did.
  • Jon Horford signed his LOI with Michigan today, wasting little time in officially becoming a Wolverine.
  • Joe Lunardi put together a 96-team bracketology for next season.  Spoiler: The bracket looks just as dumb as you would expect with 96 teams.  (By the way, Michigan is a 15 seed, which would make it play an 18 seed and then a 2 if it wins in the first round.)
  • Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore have declared for the NBA Draft but will not hire agents.
  • Ex-Michigan player Ekpe Udoh has declared for the NBA Draft.

Tuesday Quick Hits: DeShawn Sims Shares MVP Award with Manny Harris

By · Tuesday, April 13, 2010 · 1:16 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • DeShawn Sims was named the basketball team’s MVP during its banquet last night, but he asked to share the award with Manny Harris, just as Harris did with Sims a year ago.
  • Eso Akunne is no longer on scholarship.  Also, it looks like Ben Cronin will be placed on medical scholarship because of his hip injury, opening up another regular scholarship for the team.
  • Kelvin Grady’s status with the basketball team going forward is uncertain, but John Beilein apparently doesn’t think he will be back.
  • Once Michigan’s basketball practice facility is built it will try to land the MHSAA state finals, which would be nice since they are held at Breslin Center currently.  I imagine that if the state finals were to ever return to Crisler Arena, it would be after the extensive renovations are completed down the road.
  • Trey Zeigler is finally going to make an announcement regarding where he will play college basketball sometime next week.  If I had to guess I’d say that he picks Central Michigan to play for his dad.
  • The Michigan Daily’s Ryan Kartje put together a great piece on Red Berenson.
  • Adam Rittenberg interviewed Rich Rodriguez.
  • The Big Ten re-upped its deal with the Little Caesars Bowl through 2013.  Chances are the matchup will usually feature a MAC and Sun Belt team, though.  I say that because the Little Caesars Bowl will get the eighth pick in the Big Ten’s bowl lineup, but since two teams make it to the BCS so often, that probably will be the ninth pick in reality.  I don’t expect the Big Ten to be producing that many bowl eligible teams year in and year out, and this bowl didn’t get Big Ten teams very often even when it had the seventh pick.

Thursday Quick Hits: Spring Game Gets a Sponsor

By · Thursday, April 8, 2010 · 1:45 PM |  Share | 2 Comments 
  • PNC Bank is the “presenting sponsor” of the spring game and will specifically sponsor the locker room tours (6:30-8 p.m. on Friday and 7-9:30 a.m. on Saturday) and “Kick for Cash” promotion.  Part of the sponsorship money from PNC will go towards the “Michigan football interactive play area at the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.”
  • TomVH has a list of who is visiting for the spring game.
  • Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson are apparently pretty even right now at quarterback.
  • Kelvin Grady and Terrence Robinson are getting some time at running back.
  • Will Heininger has a torn ACL and could miss the entire 2010 season.
  • Vladimir Emilien and Jared Van Slyke might return from knee injuries next week.
  • Check out mgoblog for a full recap of Tuesday’s practice and press conferences.
  • The Michigan Daily profiled Zoltan Mesko.
  • The same restrictions implemented at the Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club last year for football tailgates will not be changed for the 2010 season.  Lame.
  • Red Berenson did a Q&A with AnnArbor.com.
  • The semifinals of the Frozen Four are going to be played at Ford Field later today.  I will probably tune in for a bit just to see what the setup looks like, but I’m still way too bitter over Michigan not being there because of a BS call to watch for more than a minute or two.
  • After the new basketball practice facility is built and infrastructure work is done on Crisler Arena, Dave Brandon wants to completely renovate Crisler to make it a “modern arena.”  Sounds good to me.
  • The Sporting Blog remixed this year’s One Shining Moment video with Luther Vandross’ version of the song, and it just makes the whole thing a million times better.
  • Evan Turner and five Kentucky players have declared for the NBA Draft.

Wednesday Quick Hits: Field Should Be Fixed for Spring Game

By · Wednesday, March 31, 2010 · 11:06 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Both the Michigan Daily and AnnArbor.com took pictures of the missing part of the block M in Michigan Stadium.  It looks like someone cut the piece out and then dumped all the rubber on the intact part of the block M.  Bruce Madej believes the field will be fixed in time for the spring game, which is actually set to be the last football-related event on this FieldTurf, as the Big House is scheduled (as far as I know) to get new FieldTurf for the 2010 season.
  • Archie Collins, the one-time defensive coordinator for Detroit Southeastern High School who helped steer recruits like Fred Smith and William Gholston to Michigan State and Jonathan Hankins away from Michigan, is now listed as a coaching aide in MSU’s directory.  What a strange coincidence. (HT: MGoBoard)
  • Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge is moving to the Ann Arbor area, and it sounds like we could see him at Yost Arena quite a bit.
  • Steve Lavin was in fact hired by St. John’s.
  • UTEP hired Tim Floyd as its head coach.
  • Boston College and Al Skinner “mutually agreed to part ways.”

Friday Quick Hits: Jon Horford Commits to Michigan; Manny Going Pro?

By · Friday, March 26, 2010 · 6:13 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan received its third commitment of the class of 2010 today, as Grand Ledge power forward Jon Horford verballed to the Wolverines.  Horford, the younger brother of one-time Michigan commit and current NBA player Al Horford, is a 3-star on Rivals and Scout and has a grade of 88 on ESPN.  His offer list isn’t very large (Rivals shows Providence as his only other offer), and Michigan only extended a scholarship officially in recent weeks.

    Horford isn’t an elite recruit, but he has potential, especially if he can grow a few inches in the future.  Either way, Horford is listed as being 6-8/6-9 right now, making him a good addition for that reason alone.  Michigan needs height badly, so much so that Horford could see playing time fairly early on in his career at Michigan.  (For more on Horford check out UM Hoops.)

  • Rumors are swirling that Manny Harris has decided to go pro.  I would only take this particular rumor with a grain of salt at this point considering Terry Foster is one of the main sources of it (he is the one who said DeShawn Sims was leaning toward going pro, not realizing that Sims is a senior).  Then again, apparently The Wolverine is hearing similar things about Manny, so chances are he’s probably gone.  I think it’s a mistake considering how much his stock dropped this past season, but it’s understandable, especially when you consider that Sims, his best friend, is leaving.  If Manny does indeed go pro, all I can say is that I hope Trey Zeigler decides to come to Michigan.
  • UM Hoops caught up with David Merritt to get his take on the 2009-10 season.
  • Michigan’s women’s basketball team beat Northwestern 65-44 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.  It will play either Syracuse or VCU at Crisler Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • It is expected that Chris Summers will return on Saturday for Michigan.
  • If you can’t catch Saturday’s Bemidji State game on ESPN360.com and don’t want to wait for the tape-delayed version of the game on ESPNU at 11:30 p.m., here are your TV options:

    Comcast – 900
    DIRECTV – 640 (MASN), 668 (FS North)
    DISH – 432 (MASN), 436 (FS North)

  • The Wolverine Blog interviewed someone who runs a Bemidji State hockey site.
  • As expected, Michigan State’s Jeff Petry signed with Edmonton.
  • TomVH posted some spring football practice tidbits.
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