- Jon Bills, Mark Moundros, and former Michigan player Kirk Moundros were in a car accident yesterday, and Bills is going to have surgery today because his injury is apparently pretty serious. My thoughts go out to both him and the Moundroses.
- Smoking will be banned in all of Michigan Stadium starting this coming season.
- Michigan got a commit from Columbus defensive end Chris Rock last month.
- Sam Webb isn’t optimistic that Demar Dorsey and Antonio Kinard will make it to Michigan. Everybody else should be good to go, though.
- Desmond Howard isn’t entirely sure what he will say during his induction speech for the College Football Hall of Fame, but he is definitely going to honor Bo Schembechler.
- Assistant coach Mike Jackson is leaving Michigan to be an assistant at Purdue. Ouch.
- Darius Morris has been working out with likely No. 1 overall pick John Wall this offseason.
- Anthony Wright is going to transfer to Toledo and will be able to play next season if he pursues a graduate degree not offered at U-M.
- Construction of Michigan’s basketball practice facility has begun.
- John Beilein shared his memories of John Wooden, who passed away last week.
- The Michigan softball team ended up getting swept by Tennessee in the super regional, ending their season.
- The Michigan baseball team was eliminated from the Big Ten tournament after a couple of late-game collapses, so their season came to an end in May as well.
- Michigan’s Peter Vanderkaay is now training for the 2012 Olympics, which would be the third Olympics of his career.
- Someone from the Tampa Bay Rays is a Michigan hockey fan.
- Miami (Ohio) captain Tommy Wingels signed with the San Jose Sharks.
- Michigan’s response to the NCAA’s allegations of rules violations (try saying that three times fast) will be submitted next Monday and made public on Tuesday, May 25. The response will include self-imposed sanctions, which Michigan hopes will satisfy the NCAA Committee on Infractions, who Michigan has to meet with in August. During that meeting the committee will determine whether more sanctions are needed or if the self-imposed ones are good enough.
- Rich Rodriguez and company won’t find out Demar Dorsey’s status (if he qualifies or not) for another few weeks.
- Michigan’s only serious injury during spring practice was when Will Heininger tore his ACL.
- The Griese/Hutchinson/Woodson Champions for Children’s Hearts Weekend raised more than $1 million for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
- MVictors has a recap of the Swing to Cure Diabetes Event.
- The Michigan basketball team could travel to Europe in late August for some games.
- 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.
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.
Florida safety Demar Dorsey just confirmed the previous reports that he will be attending the University of Michigan, announcing his decision to become a Wolverine at his school’s signing day event. Dorsey picked Michigan over Florida State and USC, bringing what can only be described as a wild recruitment to an end. Just last week it looked like Dorsey was for sure going to FSU, and even today many people believed that to be the case. Michigan made up some serious ground in recent weeks, though, and in the end Dorsey opted for the Wolverines.
Dorsey is a 4-star safety on both Rivals and Scout, but on ESPN he has 5 stars and is the 12th best recruit in the country. I’m not sure why there is such a big difference, but Dorsey definitely looks like a big-time football player. He participated in the ESPN Under Armour game (actually, that probably explains the difference) and seemed like one of the top players on the field. Back then he was still set to become a Florida Gator, but it just goes to show you how quickly things can change in the recruiting world.
One of the things that Michigan had working in its favor is that Dorsey is Denard Robinson’s cousin. He visited Michigan the weekend of the UConn basketball game, and many people figured it was nothing more than a visit to see his cousin. The chances of landing Dorsey a few weeks ago seemed slim, but like I said, Michigan made up some serious ground in the late stages of his recruitment and ended up landing the “No Fly Zone,” as he is nicknamed.
Dorsey has some serious talent on the football field, but he also brings quite a bit of personality and swagger to his game. Throughout the ESPN Under Armour game he was dancing and just having fun, as evidenced in the video below.
After losing out on both Rashad Knight and Sean Parker, this was definitely a great way to cap off the 2010 recruiting class, bringing the total number of signees up to 27. It has a mix of some big-name players, a lot of 3 stars, and some sleepers. More than anything, though, it will bring a lot of added depth to Michigan in the future and help fill some needs on both sides of the ball. Say what you want about the star ratings and the rankings for the class, but considering Michigan has gone 8-16 in the last two seasons and has missed out on a bowl game both years, I am more than happy with the class Rich Rodriguez and company put together.
UPDATE: Rich Rodriguez just said during his press conference that Dorsey will start off at cornerback and later learn the safety position.
From SI’s Andy Staples:
Demar Dorsey, the safety who once said he was 66 percent committed to Florida, will 100 percent sign with Michigan.
More to come.
- 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.
- Florida cornerback Rashad Knight has committed to Rutgers over Michigan. Michigan looked to be in pretty good shape with Knight for some time, but after his visit to Rutgers that changed. His mom apparently accompanied him on the visit to Rutgers and was blown away. I believe only his dad went with him to Michigan, and based on a quote like this, it looks like that could have been the difference in his recruitment.
“I really like what they’re doing there and how they do things,” Knight said about Rutgers. “I like coach Pinkham and coach Schiano a lot. In fact, coach Schiano reminds me a lot of my mom.”
Knight is the first of a few uncommitted players that Michigan is watching closely to announce his decision. Michigan is now waiting on Sean Parker and Demar Dorsey, two more defensive backs who are at the center of quite a few rumors. Some of them say that Parker is for sure going to Michigan, whereas others suggest that he is going to end up at Washington, which just recently entered the picture. For Dorsey, the rumors are just as vast and have him signing with a bunch of different schools. Many rumors suggest he will land at Florida State, but it seems like just as many have him going to USC, Michigan, or even Florida, which just dropped him recently. Tomorrow is definitely going to be interesting, starting with Sean Parker’s announcement on ESPNU at 10 a.m. ET.
- The one player already committed to Michigan worth keeping an eye on is Terry Talbott, who is unsure of whether he should go to U-M with his brother or go to North Carolina instead.
- ESPN’s Tom Luginbill likes Michigan’s recruiting class and what Rich Rodriguez is doing with the program.
- Jerry Dunn has returned to the Michigan basketball team, but not as an assistant coach.
- Mary Sue Coleman is not a candidate to be the next president of the NCAA.
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