One Final Quick Hits

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Football Quick Hits: Michigan Fills Coaching Vacancy with Adam Braithwaite

By · Saturday, February 13, 2010 · 4:37 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Just like a few weeks ago, I’ve been busy with school and have had a bunch of news pile up.  As a result, I’ve separated quick hits into different posts for football, basketball, and hockey.

  • Rich Rodriguez filled the vacancy on his coaching staff by promoting quality control assistant Adam Braithwaite to safeties/outside linebackers coach.  Braithwaite’s experience as a position coach/coordinator is mainly limited to lower divisions, but he was a graduate assistant for Rodriguez at West Virginia and a quality control assistant the last two seasons at Michigan.  To me this was a pretty “meh” move, but I guess Rodriguez wanted some continuity considering Braithwaite has been around the team for a couple years.
  • This move means that Greg Robinson is now in charge of coaching the inside linebackers and Tony Gibson is responsible for the cornerbacks and free safeties.  Gibson is also now the team’s special teams coordinator.  Regarding that move, the release said this: “Rodriguez will continue to have all of the coaches remain involved with a certain phase of special teams, but Gibson will manage that phase of the game on a daily basis and on game day.”
  • Before Rich Rodriguez’s press conference on signing day, I wondered to myself if any questions would be about Demar Dorsey, who has an interesting past, to say the least.  Well, there were multiple questions about Dorsey and his brushes with the law, but Rodriguez came to his future player’s defense each time before the media was finally told to move on.  The media did move on at the press conference, but the Free Press followed up with a lengthy article detailing what exactly Dorsey has done.  The article sheds some light on the type of trouble he has been in and includes some quotes from Dorsey on what happened and why he decided to come to Michigan.  One of the big reasons he picked Michigan is to escape the type of people that have brought him down in the past, though he already is trying to do that and (knock on wood) hasn’t been in any trouble since 2008.  I certainly understand some of the concern over taking a player like Dorsey, but I’m glad he is coming to Michigan and hope he is a changed person.
  • Somebody who isn’t a changed person is Drew Sharp.  I say that because, unsurprisingly, he was a huge douchebag about the whole Dorsey situation and made some extremely unprofessional comments.  Like Rob Parker, I will never understand why Sharp has a job and manages to get on ESPN as often as he does.  It’s so blatantly obvious that Sharp’s schtick is simply to write and say negative/controversial things to drum up attention.  He isn’t anything close to an actual journalist (this picture from MVictors certainly seems to show that) and is nothing more than an assclown, as the folks at the MZone used to call him.
  • Rich Rodriguez said there was one school in the Big Ten doing a lot of negative recruiting.  He didn’t name the school, but he did say that it wasn’t Ohio State.  Rumors suggest that the school in question is either Minnesota, Purdue, or Michigan State.  Based on how big of a problem Danny Hope seems to have with Rodriguez, my bet is that Purdue is the school behind the negative recruiting.
  • Antonio Kinard appears to be the only member of the 2010 recruiting class in danger of not qualifying.
  • AnnArbor.com put together a comprehensive Q&A with Michigan’s 2010 recruiting class.
  • Also from AnnArbor.com is an interview with Devin Gardner from signing day.
  • MGoBlog has video and transcripts of interviews from signing day with early enrollees and coaches.
  • Ricardo Miller hopes he can be the next Braylon Edwards.
  • Austin White put in a lot of extra work last fall in order to be able to enroll early.
  • Baquer Sayed, a receiver from Dearborn Fordson, will join the Michigan football team next season as a preferred walk-on.  Sayed had offers from a couple MAC schools, but he opted to play for Michigan as a walk-on instead.
  • The Big House Blog has more news on recruits who will join the team as walk-ons as well as an interview with kicker Jeremy Ross, who is from Pioneer High School.
  • Mark Moundros will line up at fullback and linebacker this spring.
  • Had Calvin Magee got the South Florida job, he would have wanted to take some Michigan assistants with him, including Greg Frey, Tony Dews, and the newly-promoted Adam Braithwaite.
  • The Board of Regents met on signing day for an informal meeting to discuss the NCAA’s investigation of practicegate.  No real news has come out of the meeting, but hopefully it is a sign that the investigation is close to wrapping up.
  • There is a photo gallery on MGoBlue giving us a look inside the suites in Michigan Stadium.
  • “72 percent of the suites and 77 percent of club seats” that will open in the Big House next season have been sold.
  • Mike Hart would like to be Michigan’s head coach someday.
  • The Michigan Daily’s Andy Reid wrote a great article about Antonio Bass.
  • Tyrone Wheatley has been hired by Syracuse to be the Orange’s running backs coach.
  • Teryl Austin, a former Michigan assistant, is Florida’s new defensive coordinator.  Urban Meyer sure likes former Michigan assistant coaches.
  • Former Michigan coach Mike DeBord has landed in Chicago as the Bears’ tight ends coach.
  • Former Michigan players Jonathan Goodwin and Adrian Arrington and former coaches Mike Mallory and Terry Malone are Super Bowl champions as a result of the Saints’ victory over the Colts last Sunday.
  • The NCAA has proposed some new rules for the 2011 season.
  • A 13-year-old quarterback committed to USC.  Weird doesn’t even begin to describe this news.
  • It was only a matter of time, but Big Ten expansion rumors involving Texas have popped up in recent days.
  • Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said that if the Big Ten were to call, the Cornhuskers would certainly listen.
  • Michigan State changed its mind and is no longer going to change its logo as a result of all the backlash it received over the news.  It is going to change its shade of green, although that’s not really all that big of a deal.

Signing Day Quick Hits: Terry Talbott Signs with Michigan

By · Wednesday, February 3, 2010 · 10:50 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • There was concern over whether Terry Talbott would actually end up staying committed to Michigan or instead opt for North Carolina, but in the end his letter of intent was faxed to Ann Arbor rather than Chapel Hill.  Both Talbott brothers have already sent their letters of intent in, meaning both are officially coming to Michigan.
  • According to Rivals, only two commits haven’t sent in their letters of intent yet — Antonio Kinard and Richard Ash.  I’m not sure what the delay is with Kinard, but in the last 24 hours Ash has apparently started to rethink his decision.  Last night it originally looked like he wasn’t sure where he was going to end up, but shortly after there was reassurance that he was coming to Michigan.  I don’t know if he is still thinking or what, but hopefully his LOI will be sent in eventually.

    UPDATE: Richard Ash’s LOI is now in, meaning the only unsigned commit is Antonio Kinard.

    UPDATE II: Kinard’s LOI is in as well.  All 26 commits can now be considered signees.

  • Demar Dorsey’s final decision should come at around 1 p.m.  Right now your guess about where he will end up is as good as mine.  It seems Dorsey has not only told players from all three of his final schools that he is going there, but also coaches.  Right now there are people who believe he is going to Florida State, there are people who believe he is going to Michigan, and there are people who believe he is going to USC.  It seems like this recruitment could go in any direction, but we should know his decision in the next few hours.
  • Torrian Wilson, who chose Louisville over Michigan last month, ended up signing with Central Florida.
  • Michigan’s signing day press conference is set to begin at 3 p.m. and can be seen on MGoBlue.com.
  • You can take a full look at Michigan’s 2010 recruiting class by clicking here.

Wednesday Quick Hits: Catching Up on Everything

By · Wednesday, January 13, 2010 · 3:02 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Apologies for the lack of content lately, but classes got started last week and I’m a little busy, to say the least.

  • Michigan opened up the second part of the CCHA season with a sweep of Western Michigan.  This was exactly what the doctor ordered, because Michigan needed a sweep to get things back on the right track and because Michigan couldn’t afford to lose to Western Michigan.  Friday’s game was a little close, with Michigan only winning 4-3 at WMU, but Saturday’s game was a rout, with Michigan winning 6-1 in dominant fashion.  Hockey was finally fun again, and Yost was rocking.
  • Michigan will look for another sweep when Alaska comes to Yost on Friday and Saturday.  If Michigan were to sweep Alaska, the Wolverines could conceivably move all the way up to a tie for fourth place in the CCHA.  That alone should tell you how important of a series it is, especially with a home-and-home against Ferris State coming up next week and a series with Michigan State after that.  Believe it or not, but Ferris is tied for first in the CCHA right now with Miami, and Michigan State is currently one point back of the top spot.  This will definitely be an important few weeks for the hockey team.
  • Carl Hagelin was named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week.
  • Chuck Heater was rumored to be a candidate to join Michigan’s coaching staff, but he has decided to stay at Florida.  Now the hot name out there is Mark Snyder, Marshall’s former head coach and a former defensive coordinator for Ohio State.  Snyder interviewed for the linebackers coach job on Sunday, so hopefully we will find out something definitive sometime soon.
  • The investigation of the alleged sexual assault that took place the night/morning after the Ohio State game resulted in no charges, as the accuser didn’t want to press any.
  • Michigan Stadium’s press box is now completely gone.
  • Charles Woodson won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and had a Michigan sweatshirt on during his press conference about receiving the honor.
  • I think it’s safe to say Brandon Smith has officially transferred.
  • Michigan commit Antonio Kinard talked about his plans to redshirt and the recruiting process (including telling Michigan State to “give it up”) in an article on AnnArbor.com.
  • For quite some time it looked like Michigan was going to land Tony Grimes and Clarence Murphy, who were set on being a package deal when they chose their college.  That plan has changed, though, and now it appears that Michigan may not land either recruit.
  • Delonte Hollowell, a junior from Cass Tech, is close to committing to Michigan.
  • Brandon Graham, Brandon Minor, and Zoltan Mesko were invited to the NFL Combine.
  • New athletic director Dave Brandon was interviewed on the Big Ten Network during halftime of last Sunday’s basketball game.
  • DeShawn Sims was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.
  • Eso Akunne is ineligible for the rest of the season.
  • Laval Lucas-Perry is a much better player on the road.
  • Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer is out indefinitely after breaking his wrist.
  • Notre Dame apparently nearly joined the Big Ten in 2003 but changed its mind at the last minute.
  • Ryan Mallett has wisely decided to come back for another season at Arkansas.  Barring a complete disaster in 2010, Mallett should be able to improve his stock to the point where he could be a top-10 pick in 2011.
  • Michigan State’s Greg Jones is also returning for another season, unfortunately.
  • The World Cup will not be coming to Ann Arbor or Detroit even if the USA successfully brings it to America.

Michigan Picks Up Two More Commits

By · Monday, March 16, 2009 · 6:24 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Rich Rodriguez received two commitments from Ohio recruits over the weekend. Wide receiver D.J. Williamson and linebacker Antonio Kinard both committed to Michigan while in Ann Arbor for junior day and spring practice-related festivities. Williamson is from Warren Harding High School, which is where Mario Manningham, Prescott Burgess, and Carl Diggs all went before arriving at Michigan. Kinard is from Youngstown Liberty, which is currently home to class of 2009 signees Isaiah Bell and Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Neither Williamson nor Kinard have been evaluated by Rivals or Scout yet, but there is some basic info out there on each recruit. Williamson is a speedster, as his 40-yard dash time is 4.4. He is definitely an athlete, meaning it isn’t set in stone that he will end up at receiver when he comes to Michigan. As for Kinard, he is listed as an inside linebacker on Rivals, which doesn’t necessarily mean all that much. As Paul at Varsity Blue points out, he could move to the outside with added size and possibly even play a hybrid role of OLB and DE.

For more on both commits, check out Varsity Blue.

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