Thursday Quick Hits: Michigan Softball Opens Super Regional Tonight

By · Thursday, May 27, 2010 · 2:51 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan opens its Super Regional series against Tennessee tonight at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor.  Tonight’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN.  Tomorrow’s first game begins at 4:30 p.m., and if a third game is necessary it will start at 7 p.m.  Friday’s first game will be shown on ESPNU, whereas the third game will be on ESPN2.
  • Desmond Howard has been elected to the College Football of Hall of Fame.
  • Michigan’s hockey captains next season will be Carl Hagelin and Luke Glendening.  The alternate captains will be Matt Rust and Louie Caporusso.

Thursday Quick Hits: Tate Forcier Has a Sprained Ankle

By · Thursday, April 15, 2010 · 3:02 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 

Monday Quick Hits: Red Berenson to Return for One More Year?

By · Monday, April 5, 2010 · 12:11 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Red Berenson is reportedly going to return next season, but the general consensus is that 2010-11 will be Berenson’s final year as Michigan’s head coach.
  • Carl Hagelin won the hockey team’s MVP award.
  • There was some serious panic last Friday over the fact that Demar Dorsey’s name could be found on a list of players who signed a LOI for Fort Scott Community College.  As it turns out, though, this is merely a backup plan for Dorsey in case he doesn’t qualify.
  • Greg Robinson spoke to the media last week and mgoblog has a rundown of what was discussed.
  • It appears Michigan Stadium has a new logo (see the bottom right corner of this letter) that incorporates the new brick structures into it.  We got a little preview of this when the Big Chill logo was released, but this one features more of the entire stadium rather than just one of the brick structures.
  • Construction of the new basketball practice facility will begin after graduation next month.
  • Some West Virginia players who were once coached by John Beilein had nothing but good things to say about him in the lead-up to the Final Four.  Also, some of those players saw him at dinner last week and spoke with him for the first time since he left WVU.
  • Michigan’s women’s tennis team beat Northwestern on Saturday to end the Wildcats’ 81-match winning streak in the Big Ten.

Friday Quick Hits: Michigan, Michigan State Face Off in Hockey

By · Friday, January 29, 2010 · 10:02 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan takes on Michigan State tonight and tomorrow in quite possibly the biggest series of the season.  Tonight’s game is at Michigan State and can be seen at 7:05 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.  Tomorrow’s game will be at Joe Louis Arena and starts at 7:35 p.m. on FS Detroit.
  • The Michigan Daily has the story behind the giant Sweden flag that has appeared at recent Michigan hockey games in honor of Carl Hagelin.
  • Wisconsin’s athletics site posted a video that shows the progress of construction of the ice rink at Camp Randall Stadium for the hockey game with Michigan that will take place a week from tomorrow.
  • The ratings for Tuesday’s Michigan-Michigan State basketball game were very good.
  • Signing day for football is next Wednesday.
  • Tony Drake has committed to Colorado State, confirming the talk that he won’t be part of Michigan’s recruiting class due to concerns over grades.  The 2010 table of commitments has been updated to reflect this change.
  • Many preferred walk ons will be taking official visits to Michigan this weekend.
  • MGoBlue has a new photo gallery up of aerial photos of Michigan Stadium.
  • Brandon Graham has performed so well in Senior Bowl practice this week that it now looks like he is a lock to be picked in the first round.
  • Calvin Magee’s submission for the USF job was considered “impressive.”
  • Eastern Washington is going to install red FieldTurf.  And you thought Boise State’s field was ugly.

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.

Thursday Quick Hits: Minor Doubtful for Saturday; Other Injury Updates

By · Thursday, November 19, 2009 · 2:35 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Brandon Minor is doubtful for Saturday’s game because of a shoulder injury that has been bothering him in recent weeks.  It figures that even though his ankle injury is finally better, he may not play because of a different injury.  I’m sure nothing would keep Minor off the field on Saturday if it was his decision, but Rich Rodriguez explicitly said yesterday that whether or not he plays will be up to the trainers.
  • On the bright side, it looks like Carlos Brown will not be limited on Saturday, or at least that’s the hope.  Brown has been cleared to play already and barring any setbacks, I’d pencil him in as the starter if Minor can’t go.  We will probably see more of Vincent Smith like last week, but if Brown is healthy and Minor isn’t, Carlos should be the starter.
  • It also looks like Martavious Odoms will play on Saturday.
  • Brandon Graham and Mark Ortmann called a players-only meeting before practice on Monday.
  • The 1969 Michigan football team that beat Ohio State will be honored at Saturday’s game because it is the 40th anniversary of the 24-12 win.
  • The Michigan-Ohio State game is being moved to the Saturday after Thanksgiving starting next year, and Jim Tressel isn’t a fan of the change.  I’m not, either, because I’d much rather see the game be moved to the last week of the college football season.  Having it the Saturday after Thanksgiving will be an issue for many students, especially ones who are out of state.  I definitely want to have a bye at some point during the season, but the Big Ten ought to give everyone the week of Thanksgiving off and end the season with the rest of the nation in the first week of December.  That would give teams a bye during the main part of the season and another week off right before their last game.
  • The uniforms Ohio State is going to wear on Saturday are even uglier in video form than they were in picture form.
  • Michigan players understandably aren’t too fond of Justin Boren.
  • Sean McDonough and Matt Millen will be the announcers for Saturday’s game.
  • The chances of Rich Rodriguez making changes to his coaching staff this offseason aren’t very likely.
  • Mary Sue Coleman let Rich Rodriguez know earlier this week that she is 100% behind him.
  • Rodriguez called Tate Forcier into his office with a dictionary in hand to let him know the difference between an argument and a lecture, which is in reference to Forcier saying that the two got into an argument last week.
  • Donovan Warren is going to look into going pro after the season is over.
  • MVictors has a recap of Jamie Morris’ interesting interview on a Columbus radio station.
  • Devin Gardner highlights from last Friday can be found over at mgoblog.  Inkster is now one win away from reaching the state finals.
  • Also at mgoblog is a list of visitors for the OSU game.
  • Manny Harris is one of the Big Ten Players of the Week.
  • You can go to tomorrow night’s basketball game for $1 if you donate 2 non-perishable food items.
  • Carl Hagelin and Luke Glendening have been named alternate captains by Red Berenson.
  • Mike Babcock was at last Friday’s hockey game at Yost.
  • Minnesota’s new stadium is actually going to be in the next NCAA Football game.
  • Northwestern’s Kevin Coble and Jeff Ryan are both out for the season, which will make for a tough basketball season for the Wildcats.
  • Purdue’s Lewis Jackson is out until February at the earliest, which is a big blow to the Boilermakers.

Saturday Quick Hits: Bill Davidson Passes Away

By · Saturday, March 14, 2009 · 9:55 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • Bill Davidson, a University of Michigan graduate and owner of the Pistons and Shock, passed away at the age of 86 on Friday.
  • Michigan beat Western Michigan last night to take a 1-0 series lead. The Wolverines led 3-0 after the first period and proceeded to let WMU make it 3-2 in the second. In the third, though, Michigan put the clamps down and took a 4-2 lead after finally coming out on the good side of a goal review. Carl Hagelin put in an empty netter with around a minute left in the game to give Michigan a 5-2 victory. Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05 p.m. and can be seen on FSN Detroit.
  • Michigan’s spring football roster is out, as practice begins today.
  • The second annual Night of Champions took place yesterday. It is basically a team-wide competition consisting of nine events, and the team that won was coached by Bruce Tall and consisted of Tate Forcier, Kevin Grady, Will Heininger, Elias Kos, Zoltan Mesko, David Moosman, Renaldo Sagesse, Vincent Smith, Ben Sutton and Mike Williams.
  • MGoBlue has a recap of Michigan’s pro day, which went very well. Will Johnson had 47 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, breaking Jake Long’s NFL combine record of 42 reps. Also, Carson Butler ran an impressive 4.5 40-yard dash. Many players did well in the 40.
  • In the pro day photo gallery, it appears that Mike Hart and Lloyd Carr were at the event.
  • Rich Rodriguez supposedly is now on Twitter. It seems pretty authentic, but I will be skeptical until it is confirmed to be him.
  • Andre Criswell, who would have been a fifth-year senior in 2009, is now working as a student assistant and is on a medical scholarship.
  • A fan received three tickets to the Iowa game on Thursday from Anthony Wright thanks to Facebook.
  • UM Hoops has a guide to which teams we should root for today.
  • Mike Bellotti resigned as head coach of Oregon to take the athletic director job. Chip Kelly, the offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting, takes over for Bellotti.

Wednesday Quick Hits: Rodriguez Holds Spring Practice Presser

By · Wednesday, March 11, 2009 · 12:33 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Lost in all of the NCAA tournament talk is that spring practice for the football team begins on Saturday.
  • Rich Rodriguez declined to talk about Steven Threet during his spring practice press conference yesterday. He gave the same answer that he used when asked about Ryan Mallett, saying “I only talk about guys that play at Michigan.”
  • The numbers that will be worn by the early enrollees have been confirmed by MGoBlue, as have some number changes that took place.
    Five players switched numbers heading into the spring: Roy Roundtree (#16 to #12), David Cone (#12 to #16), Jared Van Slyke (#29 to #31), George Morales (#73 to #66) and Jon Conover (#89 to #83).

    Here are the early enrollees’ numbers:

    The seven true freshman January enrollees received their jersey numbers: Vincent Smith (#2), Tate Forcier (#5), Vladimir Emilien (#5), Brandin Hawthorne (#7), Mike Jones (#27), William Campbell (#73) and Anthony LaLota (#90).

  • Aside from number changes, position changes were also confirmed:
    Three Wolverines switched from the offensive side of the ball to defense. Vince Helmuth moved to defensive tackle from fullback, Steve Watson switched from tight end to defensive end, and walk-on Jared Van Slyke moved from wide receiver to safety.

    The Helmuth move was already known, but Watson switching to DE is new, though it isn’t surprising.

  • Adam Patterson and Kenny Demens are trying to get medical redshirts for last season. Junior Hemingway already did get a medical redshirt for 2008, as he missed the last eight games of the season with mono.
  • Ricky Barnum may need surgery after spring practice to fix a “painful wrist.”
  • Thanks to Butler’s loss to Cleveland State last night in the Horizon League championship game, there will be one less bubble team making the NCAA tournament. Had Butler won, they would have been the only team from the Horizon League in the NCAA tournament. Since they lost, though, Cleveland State gets the automatic bid, making Butler an at-large team that takes the place of a bubble team.
  • The Hoover Street Rag has the odds for which team will win the CCHA tournament.
  • Carl Hagelin was named to the CCHA Scholar-Athlete Team.
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