Tuesday Quick Hits: Seating Chart Out for Big House Hockey Game

By · Tuesday, March 2, 2010 · 2:31 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • The seating chart for The Big Chill at the Big House has been released.  My initial impression is that hockey season-ticket holders are going to have great seats, but it looks like student hockey season-ticket holders may get the shaft.  The student section is going to be the same as it is for football games, and there is no indication that students with hockey season tickets will get to sit in the “Hockey Season Ticket Holder Seating” section, which are really the best seats in the stadium for this event.  I’d imagine that all students will sit in the student section, which I will just say right now as a hockey season-ticket holder that I am not thrilled with that news.  I would much rather sit in the seats that will have a great view than off in the corner, and I’m sure the rest of the hockey student section would agree.
  • The public sale of tickets to this game begins on April 21.
  • Bryan Hogan missed practice on Monday, meaning Shawn Hunwick will start for Michigan this weekend.  I just hope Michigan makes it to the next round and Hogan is healthy enough to return by then.
  • Sunday’s game against Lake Superior State, which will only be played if the first two games of the series are split, has a start time of 7:35 p.m.  It doesn’t appear that Sunday’s game will be televised.
  • Seniors DeShawn Sims, Zack Gibson, and Anthony Wright will be honored tonight before the Minnesota game. (Although Wright has a year of eligibility left, this is apparently going to be his final season since he is technically a senior and will graduate in a couple months.)
  • Originally it was reported that Ben Cronin would be spending his spring break in Haiti, but as it turns out he is in New Orleans instead.  Also part of this mission trip are football players Craig Roh and Jordan Reilly.  You can read Cronin’s thoughts on the trip on MGoBlue.
  • AnnArbor.com sat down with former Michigan kicker Philip Brabbs, who is battling multiple myeloma.

Monday Quick Hits: Jack Johnson and Team USA Earn Silver Medal

By · Monday, March 1, 2010 · 1:01 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Jack Johnson and Team USA lost to Canada in a thrilling gold medal game, but they still left Vancouver with a silver.
  • Friday’s game against Lake Superior State will be broadcast on Comcast and Saturday’s will be on FS Detroit.  Both are set to start at 7:35 p.m., and Sunday’s start time is still to be determined.
  • Brandon Graham tweaked his hamstring at the NFL Combine and was unable to finish his workout.
  • Graham was recently asked about Rich Rodriguez’s status as Michigan’s coach, and he basically summed up the situation by saying that Rodriguez has one year left to get things turned around.  If Michigan doesn’t start winning next season, chances are there will be a new coach in 2011.
  • Ben Cronin’s spring break will be spent doing relief work in Haiti.

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.
  • AnnArbor.com 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.

Basketball Quick Hits: Beilein Talks Manny’s Future, Tourney Expansion

By · Saturday, February 13, 2010 · 3:14 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Ben Cronin Out for Season; Career Over?

By · Tuesday, December 29, 2009 · 2:49 PM |  Share | 1 Comment 

From MGoBlue:

University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Tuesday, Dec. 29) that redshirt freshman center Ben Cronin (Syracuse, N.Y./Hemminger HS) will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season, and more than likely the remainder of his career, as he continues his rehabilitation on his left hip.

“Above all, our chief concern has always been for Ben’s current and future health,” said Beilein. “Following his hip surgery last season, we were hopeful that Ben would be able to return for this season.

“Unfortunately, there have been complications with this particular injury which have prevented him from progressing like we had hoped. Consequently, Ben will not play the rest of this season, and more than likely for the remainder of his career. This is a very difficult decision that has everything to do with the quality of Ben’s life after basketball.

“Obviously this was not an easy decision to make, but we agree with our doctor’s assessment that Ben’s chances for a full recovery and to play a full-time college basketball schedule are slim. He will remain on scholarship and we will continue to support his rehabilitation and pursuits of becoming a teacher and coach.”

There was talk a few weeks ago about the possibility of Cronin getting a sixth year of eligibility, but based on the fact that there is now talk of his career being over, I don’t know if Michigan will even bother.  This injury just isn’t healing properly, which was noticeable every time Cronin ran down the court.  He even walks with a noticeable limp, so just getting better is obviously the top priority.  If Cronin is able to someday play basketball that would be great, but hopefully he can just get over this injury at some point.

Tuesday Quick Hits: At Least One Basketball Team Is Playing Well

By · Tuesday, December 15, 2009 · 7:50 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Tuesday Quick Hits: Another Redshirt in Ben Cronin’s Future?

By · Tuesday, December 8, 2009 · 8:34 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 

Friday Quick Hits: Players Elect Captains; Minor Ruled Out for Tomorrow

By · Friday, November 20, 2009 · 4:20 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Mark Ortmann, Brandon Graham, Stevie Brown, and Zoltan Mesko have been made the permanent captains for the 2009 football team, as voted on by their teammates.
  • This week’s injury report is out, and it lists Brandon Minor as being out.  That means that Minor will be stuck on the sideline for his last game at Michigan Stadium and perhaps his last collegiate game ever.  Michael Williams is doubtful and Martavious Odoms is probable.
  • Brandon Graham is 25th on Mel Kiper’s big board.
  • Michigan takes on Houston Baptist tonight in basketball and Bowling Green in hockey.
  • Ben Cronin probably won’t be ready to be in Michigan’s rotation until the Big Ten part of the schedule.
  • UM Hoops took a look at the Old Spice Classic, the tournament Michigan will play in next week.
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