- Michigan took the field for the first football practice of the spring yesterday. The weather couldn’t have been better, as it was sunny and over 60 degrees.
- You can check out Rich Rodriguez’s press conference here and here.
- Still recovering from ACL injuries, Vincent Smith and David Molk are out for the entire spring.
- Junior Hemingway and Brandon Herron are in the same boat after having knee surgery.
- Mike Martin and Zac Johnson are out for the spring after having shoulder surgery.
- The spring roster has been posted.
- Nick Sheridan and Bryan Wright, who would have been fifth-year seniors next season, are both absent from the roster. Sheridan has “retired from football” and will get into coaching after he graduates, and Wright has given up football because of back problems.
- Denard Robinson is still a quarterback, but he might play a little receiver this spring as well.
- Ryan Van Bergen is now a defensive end, as he will attempt to fill the void created by Brandon Graham’s departure.
- Cameron Gordon has moved from wide receiver to safety and has changed from #84 to #4.
- Teric Jones has moved from cornerback to safety.
- Here is a look at the early enrollees’ numbers:#7 Devin Gardner
#17 Jeremy Jackson
#23 Austin White
#33 Stephen Hopkins
#64 Christian Pace
#82 Ricardo Miller
#83 Jerald Robinson
- Terrence Robinson used to be #7, but he is now wearing the #8 jersey.
- Brian of mgoblog broke down the differences in weight from the 2009 roster to the one posted yesterday.
- Photo galleries from the first day of practice: MVictors, mgoblog, UMGoBlog, Detroit News, AnnArbor.com
- Alex Herron, the graduate assistant who allegedly lied to NCAA investigators, is not listed on Michigan’s coaching staff page, meaning he unsurprisingly is no longer involved with the football program.
- Martavious Odoms narrowly beat out Denard Robinson in a race at the “Night of Champions.”
- Switching gears to hockey, goalie Shawn Hunwick is going to start for Michigan on Friday against Miami. Red Berenson said that Hunwick will take “us as far as he can,” indicating that as long as Hunwick is effective, Bryan Hogan will be relegated to the bench. Hogan still has to be healthy enough to return from his injury to even be on the bench, but it does sound like he will be the backup this weekend.
- It isn’t yet clear if Chris Summers will be healthy enough to play this weekend.
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.
- The first phase of Crisler Arena renovations will be up for approval at the next Board of Regents meeting (on January 21). Below is a look at what this part of the renovation would entail:
If approved, the project will begin in 2011, cost almost $20 million and the first portion of the renovation would deal with plumbing, heating, the Crisler roof, the replacement of lower bowl seats and aisle realignment, according to the Free Press.
John Beilein, as you might imagine, is excited for the renovation. Not only is he getting a practice facility, but finally Crisler will be renovated (assuming the Regents sign off on it).
- Jordan Dumars, son of Joe Dumars, has officially transferred to Michigan. He will not be a scholarship player, but rather a preferred walk-on.
- Darius Morris is dealing with elbow tendinitis.
- Michigan takes on Penn State tonight at 7 p.m. in Happy Valley. The game can be seen on ESPN2.
- In case you missed it, Braylon Edwards made headlines for saying that he was from “Lloyd Carr’s University of Michigan” during the introductions for last Sunday night’s Jets-Bengals game. The immediate reaction most had to the comment was that Braylon was taking a shot at Rich Rodriguez by trying to disassociate himself from the current coach. Braylon released a statement on Monday to deny that, saying the comment was a “tribute” to Lloyd Carr. I’m not sure what to think about the statement, but perception-wise it certainly didn’t do Rodriguez any favors.
- Dhani Jones talked quite a bit about Rich Rodriguez and the current state of the Michigan football program on Jim Rome’s show earlier this week.
- Devin Gardner, who threw a touchdown pass in the Under Armour All-America Game last Saturday, was hoping to enroll early at Michigan, but he was unable to graduate early from Inkster because the school is on trimesters. Marvin Robinson had also hoped to enroll early, but he also wasn’t able to. The six players who did enroll early are Stephen Hopkins, Austin White, Jerald Robinson, Ricardo Miller, Jeremy Jackson, and Christian Pace, all offensive players.
- It doesn’t appear that running back commit Tony Drake will actually become a Wolverine, as there are rumors about him being a long ways away from qualifying. Although Adrian Witty did qualify, I don’t believe he made it to Ann Arbor for the winter semester, which was the original plan. The rumor about that situation is that there is a hang up in the admissions department, which apparently may not accept Witty to Michigan.
- Michigan commits Cullen Christian and Will Hagerup will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.
- Detroit Southeastern defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins committed to Ohio State over Michigan, ending what can only be described as a strange recruitment.
- Brandon Graham and Zoltan Mesko are going to play in the Senior Bowl.
- 24 former Michigan football players and coaches are on the rosters/coaching staffs of NFL playoff teams.
- Michigan picked up a commitment from hockey player Cristoval “Boo” Nieves.
- Former Michigan hockey players Jack Johnson and Mike Komisarek are going to play for the United States in the Winter Olympics.
- Notre Dame’s new hockey arena is going to be based on Yost Arena, similar to how Notre Dame Stadium is based on Michigan Stadium. (HT: mgoblog)
- Former Michigan women’s track coach Red Simmons turned 100 last week, and AnnArbor.com had a couple great articles about what an amazing life he has lived. MVictors got the chance to interview him and shot some interesting videos of Simmons.
- Supposedly the Big Ten might consider expanding to 14 or even 16 teams, but after reading these two in-depth posts about the topic of Big Ten expansion, that seems beyond unlikely unless the new teams are all high-profile, big-name colleges.
- Bill Sheridan, father of Nick Sheridan, was fired by the Giants.
- The following Big Ten players have declared for the NFL Draft in the last few days: Ohio State’s Thaddeus Gibson, Penn State’s Navarro Bowman, and Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga. Penn State’s Evan Royster and Ohio State’s Chimdi Chekwa and Cameron Heyward have decided to return for another year.
Livonia running back Austin White committed to Michigan today, becoming the 16th recruit to do so for the class of 2010. White picked Michigan over Michigan State, LSU, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, and Wisconsin, which have also offered him. Back when White first started to receive attention in the recruiting world, many thought he would end up at MSU due to his family’s connections to the school. His twin brothers are on the football team and his dad ran track for MSU, but in the end that apparently didn’t play too big of a role in him picking a school.
White is a productive, well-rounded back with good upside when projecting for the next level. Has a taller frame for a back and needs to watch his leverage but has good muscle tone and the room to add 10-15 pounds of bulk to increase his power and durability. Hits the hole fast but blends good patience with very good feet, lateral quicks and vision that allows him to pick and slide his way through traffic. Shifty but stays square and does not take a lot of wasted lateral cuts. Sturdy downhill runner with good balance to help spin out of arm-tackles. Hips to bounce it outside quickly when he needs to and beat defenders to the corner with his foot-speed.
White is the third running back to commit to Michigan, joining Stephen Hopkins and Tony Drake, who both are from Texas. Drake could end up playing slot receiver in college, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Michigan took one more running back in this class.
- Michigan’s new indoor football practice facility will likely be named after Al Glick, as he gave an $8.7 million gift to the athletic department to help pay for it. His family members and his company (Alro Steel) played a role in contributing money to the gift as well.
- Speaking of the practice facility, UMGoBlog has posted a new photo gallery that includes pictures inside the team’s new digs.
- Running back recruit Austin White is expected to make his college decision tomorrow, and signs are pointing to him picking Michigan.
- Devin Gardner made the Elite 11 quarterbacks camp, as did Robert Bolden and Joe Boisture, two other recruits from the state of Michigan. Bolden is committed to Penn State and Boisture decommitted from Boston College to Michigan State last month.
- Urban Meyer got fed up with speculation about if he is going to leave Florida for Notre Dame and decided to make a pretty clear statement about the rumors: “I’m not going to Notre Dame. Ever. I’m going to be the coach at Florida for a long time, as long as they want me.” That last line does give him an out should it ever come to that, but honestly, why would Meyer leave for Notre Dame at this point? He had a chance to take a job there once and passed on it for Florida, so what would ever change things enough to the point where he would want to leave UF?
- NCAA Football 10 came out today, and usually the release would keep me busy for the day with a review to come later. Well, I decided to pass on the game this year, as there are just way too many issues (awful rosters, broken sliders, etc.) for me to dish out the money for it, especially when games like Madden 10 and NHL 10, which will be out in the coming months, have so much promise. If you picked up the game, leave your thoughts on it in the comments section.