Monday Quick Hits: U-M’s Tournament Opener to Be Shown on Tape Delay

By · Monday, March 22, 2010 · 11:21 AM |  Share | 2 Comments 
  • Michigan’s game against Bemidji State on Saturday will air live only on  It will be shown on ESPNU on tape delay, and it could be syndicated live on a channel like Comcast 900 or something.  No word yet if that is going to happen, though.
  • Manny Harris doesn’t know if he will stay for his senior season or go pro.
  • Trey Zeigler is down to five teams, and Michigan is one of them.
  • Michigan’s women’s basketball team beat Kent State 69-34 on Friday and then beat Toledo 72-57 on Sunday in the NIT.
  • Stevie Brown performed quite well at Michigan’s pro day.
  • Jon Runyan is launching a campaign to run for Congress.
  • The International Bowl is going out of business.
  • Part 2 of my interview on The Michigan Man Podcast has been posted.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Football Is Back

By · Tuesday, March 16, 2010 · 9:19 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan’s game against Miami in the CCHA semifinals has been scheduled for 8:05 p.m.  As expected, it will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.  It will also be streamed live on, as will the Ferris State/Northern Michigan game at 4:35 p.m. and the championship game on Saturday night.  The first semifinal on Friday and the championship game will be broadcast on FS Detroit as well.
  • The first spring football practice is today.
  • TomVH interviewed running back recruit Demetrius Hart, who will be visiting Michigan for the spring game.
  • The women’s basketball team did not make the NCAA tournament, so it will instead be playing in the WNIT.  The first game for Michigan will be on Friday at home against Kent State. (Full bracket here)
  • John Beilein explained Michigan’s defense on the final play of the Ohio State game and admitted it was “too soft.”
  • Jimmy King and Jalen Rose were on ESPN First Take yesterday, and one of the things they debated was who would win between the 1992 Michigan team and this year’s squad from Kentucky.
  • Iowa unsurprisingly fired head basketball coach Todd Lickliter on Monday.
  • I was a guest on The Michigan Man Podcast recently.  You can check out part one of my interview here.

Thursday Quick Hits: Michigan to Play in 2010 Legends Classic

By · Thursday, March 11, 2010 · 1:16 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Saturday Quick Hits: Michigan Takes 1-0 Series Lead with 5-2 Victory

By · Saturday, March 6, 2010 · 1:35 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan opened the CCHA playoffs with a solid 5-2 win over Lake Superior State last night.  Michigan outshot LSSU 43-23 and the score reflected that considering the Wolverines never trailed.  Part of that was because Shawn Hunwick played well in net for Michigan.  Both of the goals he gave up went off of Michigan players and into the net, so they weren’t really his fault.  One hit off of A.J. Treais on a centering pass and went right past Hunwick for a goal, and the other one changed direction off of Chris Summers’ skate, causing Hunwick to let it go in.

    If Michigan wins tonight, it will advance to the quarterfinals of the CCHA playoffs and would likely play Michigan State next week.  If the Wolverines lose, there will be a third and deciding game at Yost tomorrow night.

  • Michigan can’t practice at Crisler Arena because the Big Ten wrestling championships are taking place there.  This is exactly why there is such a need for a practice facility.
  • The women’s basketball team lost to Michigan State on Friday by a score of 61-50.
  • Just days after establishing a top 10, Lawrence Thomas decided to go ahead and commit to Michigan State.  It was a given all along that he probably wasn’t coming to Michigan, but I’m surprised he made a commitment this early.  From the beginning it looked like he would end up at State, but for it to happen this quickly just sucks.  Say what you want about MSU, but they are going to have a great group of linebackers down the road if they all live up to the hype.
  • The Detroit News profiled Dave Brandon.
  • As expected, the Gator Bowl is headed to the ESPN family of networks next year (1:30 p.m. on ESPN2).  The move isn’t the only change for the New Year’s Day bowl lineup, as the Outback Bowl will now start at 1 p.m. on ABC.  The Capital One Bowl, which normally occupies that timeslot on ABC, is moving to ESPN at 1 p.m.  All three of these games feature Big Ten and SEC teams, so I don’t fully understand the thinking behind making them start at basically the same time.  Typically fans want to watch games involving their conference (at least I do), but now that will be tough to do with three going on at the same time.  There was overlap in the past with the Outback and Capital One Bowls, but not to the point where they started within minutes of each other.

Thursday Quick Hits: Big Ten Expansion Discussion Turns Focus to Rutgers

By · Thursday, March 4, 2010 · 4:30 PM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • The women’s basketball team opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 67-54 win over Northwestern.  Tomorrow Michigan will play Michigan State, the No. 2-seeded team in the conference.
  • Just this week alone former Michigan hockey players Danny Richmond, Aaron Palushaj, Aaron Ward, Kevin Porter, and Chad Kolarik have been traded and current players Steve Kampfer and Matt Rust both have had their rights traded.  To see where they are all headed you can check out the hockey team’s Twitter feed.
  • Linebacker Lawrence Thomas has cut his list to 10 schools and Michigan isn’t one of them.  The chances of him coming here were beyond slim to begin with given that he goes to Detroit Renaissance, but I’m a little surprised Michigan didn’t even make his top 10.
  • TomVH recently caught up with Craig Roh’s father.
  • Jay Feely has faith in Dave Brandon.
  • Daniel Horton was playing basketball in France, but he was recently cut by his team.
  • The Big Ten reportedly had an investment firm investigate expansion by looking at Missouri, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Rutgers and was told that it would be worth it to add another team or teams.  Assuming Notre Dame doesn’t change its mind about joining the conference, Rutgers is apparently the school that would do the most for the conference if it joined the Big Ten, followed next by Missouri and Pittsburgh.  Personally I’m not a fan of Rutgers joining the conference at all, because I just think some of the benefits of adding the Scarlet Knights are being overstated.  I would much rather have Missouri or Pittsburgh join the conference, but I guess for now the new front-runner resides in New Jersey.
  • Northwestern and Illinois are hoping to play each other in football at Wrigley Field this season.

Saturday Quick Hits: Michigan to Play FAU in 2012?

By · Saturday, February 27, 2010 · 7:22 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan and Florida Atlantic are reportedly close to agreeing to a deal that would bring the Owls to the Big House in 2012.  FAU played at Michigan State last season and will play at Spartan Stadium again in 2011.  This year FAU will play MSU at Ford Field, which is where the Owls played in 2008 for the Motor City Bowl.
  • Brian of mgoblog interviewed the author of Bylaw Blog about the allegations against Michigan.  It is very interesting and provides a look at what sanctions Michigan could be facing.  Also at mgoblog is a look at some past cases that are similar to what Michigan is going through and what sanctions came from them.
  • A user on mgoblog compared the Free Press’ allegations with what the NCAA actually found, and it’s pretty amazing just how off the paper was in so many instances.
  • has combine videos of Zoltan Mesko and Brandon Graham.
  • has a video of Graham getting ready for the combine with Mike Barwis.
  • Tony Gibson thinks Donovan Warren will have a great career in the NFL.
  • New England Patriots and former Michigan linebacker Pierre Woods is working out in Ann Arbor to stay in shape during the offseason.  Considering how he and Lloyd Carr never seemed to be on the same page during his time at Michigan, it’s good to see him back around the program again.
  • MGoBlue has news aerial photos of Michigan Stadium.
  • Dave Brandon’s last full day at Domino’s included a nice surprise.
  • Goalie Shawn Hunwick, who won his first career collegiate game on Thursday, is the scoreboard operator at Alumni Field (softball).  You learn something new every day.
  • Baseball great Barry Larkin originally came to Michigan to play football for Bo Schembechler.
  • Despite multiple reports to the contrary, Texas’ athletic director claims that the school hasn’t had any talks with the Big Ten.
  • Some information about NCAA Football 11 is out, and it looks like EA Sports is finally going to add some features that have been missing from the game for way too long.  That said, not much of this info is gameplay-related, which is what I’m really looking forward to hearing about.

Wednesday Quick Hits: U-M Students Win Silver Medal; Shawn Conway Commits to Michigan

By · Wednesday, February 24, 2010 · 3:11 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan students Meryl Davis and Charlie White won a silver medal in ice dancing at the Olympics, and fellow students Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates finished 11th.
  • Birmingham Seaholm wide receiver Shawn Conway committed to Michigan over the weekend after being offered a scholarship.  Conway, Michigan’s third commitment for 2011, is a definite sleeper considering that Michigan is his only offer so far.  I know many fans out there are concerned over the fact that Conway has flown under the radar so much, but let’s keep in mind that it is only February.  A lot of times players that are sleepers will suddenly jump up in the rankings after their senior year or simply once they gain more attention.  That’s not to say that will for sure happen in Conway’s case, but he has good size and good hands, making it seem like he could be a solid possession receiver for Michigan someday.  For more on Conway, check out mgoblog.
  • has a recap and various videos of the Victors Rally that was held on Sunday.  The Wolverine Blog also has a few videos from the event.
  • Coaches almost decided to play Justin Turner and burn his redshirt last season.  Although I imagine he would have helped the secondary, in the long run I think that was a good decision.
  • Brandon Graham’s stock soared after the Senior Bowl, and if he manages to run a 4.5 40-yard dash in Indianapolis like he did in practice recently it could continue to be on the rise.
  • Bill Martin’s official title from March 8 (after Dave Brandon officially becomes the athletic director) to September 4 of this year will be “special adviser to the president.”
  • The USA Today profiled Dave Brandon.
  • Fielding Yost was a curler back in the day.
  • Five Michigan hockey recruits are in Rivals’ top 50 rankings.  Two of them have five stars.
  • I think John Beilein’s expression during the Penn State game last Saturday just about sums up my overall expression for Michigan sports since October.
  • Beilein doesn’t expect Ben Cronin to play basketball again.
  • Michigan has submitted bids to host NIT games for both the men’s and women’s teams.  At this point I don’t think Michigan will even have to worry about hosting anything for the men’s NIT.
  • UM Hoops and The Wolverine Blog put together a twopart Q&A on where things stand with basketball recruiting.
  • Brent Petway is headed to France to play basketball.
  • Former Michigan basketball player Dommanic Ingerson was arrested last week in Oakland after stealing a purse and a jacket from two women and proceeding to swim in a lake naked.
  • George Sisler, who played baseball at Michigan from 1913-15, was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • The Big Ten has hired a research firm to analyze schools that could join the Big Ten.  The initial list included 15 schools.  Texas was not on the list, but you don’t need to really do research to know how big of an impact adding the Longhorns to the conference would have.
  • Michigan Sports Center turned four on Sunday.

Thursday Quick Hits: Yeah, College Basketball Refs Suck

By · Thursday, February 18, 2010 · 10:49 AM |  Share | 2 Comments 
  • According to Greg Banks, Michigan will attempt to fill the void created by Brandon Graham’s departure with various players, including Ryan Van Bergen.
  • Mel Kiper thinks Donovan Warren should have returned for his senior season.
  • How lame is the officiating of Ed Hightower and company?  Had DeShawn Sims missed his game-tying three at the end of regulation, a foul would have been called.  Because he made it there was no foul.  That about sums up how inconsistent college basketball referees are, especially in the Big Ten.
  • Anthony Wright didn’t play against Iowa because of a forehead injury.  Based on what John Beilein said about Wright, it sounds like he was in an altercation of some sort, but that is just pure speculation.
  • Michigan hockey commit Jon Merrill is ranked fourth in the nation by
  • A poster over at mgoblog has a recap of Mock Rock, which took place earlier this week. also has a recap.
  • Frank the Tank has another great look at why Texas to the Big Ten isn’t quite as crazy as you might think.
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