- 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 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.
The tentative rosters are out for the second annual alumni flag football game, which will get underway at 11 a.m. on Saturday, preceding the spring game. This year’s coaches are Desmond Howard and LaMarr Woodley, and the captains are Vada Murray and Phil Brabbs, which is just great to see. Both Vada and Phil are fighting cancer, so you can bet they will get a big ovation during introductions tomorrow. James Hall is back as the guest referee for the second straight year, and the full roster for each team can be seen below.
Coach — Desmond Howard (1989-91), WR
Captain — Vada Murray (1987-90), DB
Ron Bellamy (1999-02), WR
Tom Brigstock (1962-65), HB
Gasper Calandrino (1978), DB
Jim Conley (1961-64), E
Zia Combs (2000-02), DB/WR
B.J. Dickey (1977-81), QB
Don Dufek (1972-75), DB
Chris Floyd (1994-97), TB/FB
Jermaine Gonzales (2000-04), WR
Livetius Johnson (1988-91), RB
Rich Leach (1975-78), QB
Triando Markray (1982-84), WR
Ben Mast (1997-01), OL
Chris Matsos (2002-04), WR
Zoltan Mesko (2006-09), P
Anthony Mitchell (1985-88), DB
Ohene Opong-Owusu (2007-09), LB
Darren Petterson (1995-98), WR
Marcus Ray (1995-98), S
LaTerryal Savoy (2006-09), WR
Lasker Smith (1992), DB
Phil Webb (1983-87), TB
Josh Williams (1995-99), DT
Chuck Winters (1992-96), S
Pierre Woods (2002-05), DE
Coach — LaMarr Woodley (2003-06), DE
Captain — Phil Brabbs (2000-03), K
Tony Blackenship (1989-93), S
Alijah Bradley (2003-06), RB
Jason Carr (1991-95), QB
Will Carr (1993-96), DT
Bob Cernak (1984-87), QB/TE
Bill Dufek (1974-77), OL
Dan Jokisch (1987-90), WR/TE
Brian Lafer (2001-03), WR
Andy Mignery (1999-03), QB/TE/P
John Navarre (1999-03), QB
Troy Nienberg (2001-04), K
B.J. Opong-Owusu (2003-06), S
Tom Parkhill (1962-65), E
Marc Ramirez (1986-89), OL
Aaron Richards (1998-01), WR
Todd Richards (1992-95), WR
Jim Sinclair (1988), FB
Walter Smith (1990-94), WR
Dorian Taylor (1992), LB
Michael Taylor (1985-89), QB
Anthony Thomas (1997-00), TB
John Thompson (2004-08), LB
Dwayne Ware (1988-92), WR/DB
Gerald White (1983-86), TB/FB
- Michigan’s path to the NCAA tournament will have to go through the top team in the conference, as the Miami Redhawks beat Ohio State last night to advance to the CCHA semifinals. Because Miami is the top seed in the playoffs, it will play Michigan, the lowest remaining seed.
The time for Friday’s game hasn’t been set just yet, but considering the second CCHA semifinal will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, it’s a pretty safe bet that Michigan and Miami will face off at 8:05 p.m. If Michigan beats Miami, it will play in the CCHA championship game at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday. That game will be broadcast on FS Detroit as far as I know. If Michigan loses to Miami, it will play in the third-place game at 3:35 p.m. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, though, because to reach the NCAA tournament, Michigan has to beat Miami and then beat the winner of the Northern Michigan/Ferris State game. There is no room for error at this point.
- MGoBlue has a cool video of Michigan’s locker room celebration after Saturday’s win against Michigan State.
- The men’s bracket is out for the NCAA basketball tournament, and quite honestly I think it was an overall terrible job by the selection committee. Either way, I can’t wait for the action to get started despite the fact that Michigan is not a part of it this year. That may not be the case for the women’s bracket, however. The women’s field of teams will be released tonight, and Michigan has a shot at going dancing. On ESPN’s bracketology page for the women’s tournament, the Wolverines are one of the last four teams in, so they definitely have a shot. Hopefully they will get a bid and give Michigan one basketball team in the NCAA tournament this year.
- The NIT bracket is also out, and Michigan unsurprisingly didn’t make it into the field of 32 teams.
- Manny Harris opted not to talk about if he will go pro after the Ohio State game.
- Jimmy King would like to see the Fab Five’s banners put back up at some point in the future. I tend to agree with him just because it would be good for recruits to come to Crisler Arena and see the Final Four banners, but then again, technically those Final Fours didn’t happen and the Fab Five didn’t exist, so I’m not exactly sure what should be done with them.
- A new photo gallery of Michigan Stadium is up on MGoBlue. This particular gallery looks at the entrance to the tunnel, which is being overhauled right now, as well as the installation of speakers in the north scoreboard (they used to be on the press box).
- Jordan Kovacs will likely be placed on scholarship this fall.
- Brandon Graham and Donovan Warren are going to work out for pro scouts on April 8 since both have been dealing with injuries.
- Angelique Chengelis has a great idea for the spring game: play it at night.
- Jake Long is a large man.
- Desmond Howard, Jumbo Elliott, and Rob Lytle are candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Serious knee and ankle injuries are apparently more likely to happen on FieldTurf compared to grass.
- Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary last week, has been suspended for the entire 2010 season.
- Ohio defensive end Jibreel Black committed to Michigan over the weekend. Black originally committed to Indiana and later switched to Cincinnati before eventually deciding on Michigan. He has offers from those schools as well as Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Purdue, South Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. He is a 3-star on Rivals and ESPN and a 4-star on Scout. Overall it seems like he has a lot of upside as a defensive lineman and is somebody who can contribute early on in his career.
- With Black on board, Michigan’s recruiting class technically now has 27 players. It’s probably actually 26, though. There is no official news on Tony Drake’s status yet, but Scout has already removed him from Michigan’s list of commitments. Assuming he will not be part of the class and there will be no decommitments or non-qualifiers (that’s a big assumption), Michigan’s class is filled up. However, there are still two big recruits out there who have yet to choose a school — Sean Parker and Rashad Knight. Michigan would definitely make room for them if they want to commit, but as it stands right now I believe that would mean another commit or two would have to grayshirt. There’s no point in speculating just yet, as you never know if the entire class will make it to signing day or if Parker and Knight will even pick Michigan, but it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. (Demar Dorsey ended up committing to Florida State, by the way.)
- Kelvin Grady has returned to the basketball team. He approached John Beilein about returning, wondering if he could do anything to help the team. Beilein saw that he could be a big help in terms of bringing quickness to the scout team, which is where he will likely spend most of his time right now. It isn’t expected that he will get into a game unless injuries force him to play, because Beilein doesn’t want to burn a year of eligibility this far into the season in case Grady decides to become a two-sport athlete and continue to play basketball in the future.
- Michigan followed up Friday’s impressive win over Ferris State with a crushing loss in Big Rapids on Saturday. There wasn’t a ton of action during the first period, but Ferris State led after 20 minutes thanks to a soft shorthanded goal. Bryan Hogan simply whiffed on the weak shot from a pretty good distance out, letting the Bulldogs go up 1-0. Michigan answered back in the second period with a power-play goal, but the Bulldogs retook the lead before time expired to go into the third period up 2-1. Just like the second game of the series against Alaska, Michigan waited and waited but eventually did tie things up with less than two minutes left. Against FSU on Saturday Michigan went on the power play and Brian Lebler scored on an awesome tip in off of a nice pass from David Wohlberg. Unfortunately Michigan took a bad penalty (it seemed to be a makeup call more than anything) right after it tied things up. Ferris State put on the pressure, and following a terrible turnover by Chris Summers in his own zone, the Bulldogs scored with only 24 seconds left to eventually win 3-2.
This was a tough loss to take considering Michigan was so close to going to overtime and getting a tie. The fact that Michigan did lose, though, makes this coming weekend’s series with Michigan State all the more important. MSU has been struggling a bit as of late, and if Michigan could avenge the Spartans’ sweep from earlier this season with one of its own, suddenly the Wolverines’ tournament hopes would be in pretty good shape. I would settle for a win and a tie and a split at worst. Another sweep by MSU, though, could be a knockout blow for Michigan’s season.
- Erin Andrews will be in Ann Arbor for tonight’s game against Michigan State.
- Purdue’s Chris Kramer and Matt Painter were whining about elbows again on Saturday during the Michigan game.
- Lost Letterman interviewed Cazzie Russell.
- Four former Michigan players (Mike Hart and Marlin Jackson for Indy; Adrian Arrington and Jonathan Goodwin for NO) and two former coaches (Terry Malone and Mike Mallory for NO) are going to the Super Bowl.
- Tai Streets and Desmond Howard played in Curtis Granderson’s celebrity basketball game on Sunday and were asked about Rich Rodriguez. Jalen Rose and Jimmy King also played in the game, and Lloyd Carr was one of the honorary coaches.
- Urban Meyer’s leave of absence didn’t last long.
- Michigan is going to open Big Ten play against Indiana at noon. TV details will be worked out at a later time, but I’m going to assume it will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
- The original report about Kelvin Grady joining the football team said he would receive a scholarship, but an Ann Arbor News piece on him said he is going to walk on to the team.
- John Beilein went on WTKA recently.
- MVictors got in touch with Minnesota’s athletic director, who confirmed that Bill Martin proposed a non-conference game between Michigan and Minnesota in 2010 (presumably to open the ’10 season). Minnesota was interested in the idea, but since they are set to play USC already in 2010, they didn’t want to load up the schedule too much, which is understandable. Minnesota’s AD also shared an interesting story about how Martin sort of gave the first donation to the school for the building of an on campus stadium.
MVictors: Is it true that Bill Martin gave you one of the first donations for the new stadium? Do you still have it?
Maturi: I have his check right on my desk. I have not cashed it. [he pauses, shuffling papers around. I believe it’s under the glass on his desk] “October 9, 2003, University of Minnesota Athletics, $100, new on- campus football stadium, Bill Martin.” That was written [during the 2003 game] and at that time the Gophers were ahead by 21 points if you can remember that game. He was all ticked off that we were in the Dome on a Friday night [due to the Twins playoff game]. I told him, “Bill, I can’t do it until I get a new stadium.” This was long before the dream that we had became a reality. In many ways you can say he gave the first donation for a stadium.”
While Martin was angry when Michigan was trailing by 21, his night got much better shortly after that check was written. This was the game where Michigan made an amazing fourth quarter comeback to eventually win 38-35 on a Garrett Rivas field goal.
- Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson were interviewed together as part of College Football Live’s 50 States Tour.
The 2009 spring game was a huge success. Rich Rodriguez set a goal of having 40,000 people attend the event, and that goal was surpassed by at least 10,000. Unlike spring games in the Lloyd Carr era, which eventually became nothing more than drills and a very short scrimmage, this event was about having fun. Fans were given a chance to get a look at the locker room; the alumni game was very entertaining; and we got to watch a scrimmage that replicated various game situations and lasted for over an hour and a half. All in all, it was a great event and one that will hopefully grow in the coming years.
Here is a recap of the various events that made up the day:
Locker Room Tour
Looking back, I was an idiot for thinking I would be able to tour the locker room despite arriving at 9:15 a.m. When I got to the stadium, I immediately passed on waiting in line, as upon first glance, it was stretched around the side of Crisler Arena. I continued walking and saw that it went all of the way out to Stadium Boulevard. Then, once I made my way into the stadium and walked around the concourse, I noticed that the line stretched all the way to the entrance at the corner of Stadium and Main. As pointed out in The Wolverine Blog’s photo essay of the line, at one time it went all the way to the 50-yard line on the Main Street side. People really wanted to see the locker room, so much so that one person got in line at 3:30 a.m. That is dedication.
(As you’ll notice in the above links, the word “honor” is spelled in a non-American way in the phrase “Strength and Honour.” Anyone know why?)
There were some no shows, and the roster posted on MGoBlue wasn’t all that accurate. Even so, this was a very entertaining event. Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter provided commentary that included many funny digs at the players and coaches (like Brandstatter’s comment about how Jerry Hanlon drew up plays on manila folders). Rick Leach’s interview was particularly hilarious, as his answer to a question about why he was pulled after an interception on the first pass of the game was, “I’m 52 years-old.” Leach also mentioned that he helped put the game together, so he deserves a pat on the back. Ever since the interview on WTKA where he vehemently defended Rich Rodriguez, Leach has been around the program quite a bit, and that is definitely a good thing.
Another funny moment was guest referee James Hall’s response to Brandstatter asking for an official ruling on a play. Hall answered that he didn’t even see the play, and Brandstatter shot back with a great one-liner about how he was just like all referees.
Perhaps the funniest moment was the fact that it was announced that Larry Foote wasn’t allowed to play in the game due to his contract with the Steelers. The Steelers obviously don’t want him getting hurt in a flag football game, so there is a clause that was supposed to prevent him from participating. Well, Foote may or may not have played, and he may or may not have had a one-hand interception. I will leave it at that so Foote doesn’t get in too much trouble.
Holding the Banner
I was lucky enough to be one of the students that got to go down on the field and hold the banner as the team ran out of the tunnel. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for sure, and it was as awesome as I thought it would be. While waiting for noon (when the team would retake the field for the game) to arrive, I got to sit on the bleachers down by the 15-yard line on the northeast part of the field. Jay Hopson and Greg Robinson were running drills with the linebackers, which was cool to see up close.
Holding up the banner was much more complicated than I expected. The wind made it tougher, as it was blowing the banner in one direction as we tried to pull it the opposite way. We were warned to hold on tight when the team started hitting it, but that didn’t seem to be a big problem. Seeing the players and coaches jump up and touch the banner was amazing, though. I tried to stay on the field after the national anthem to hang out behind the bench, but an event staff person quickly realized we weren’t supposed to be down there.
- Let’s start with the one player everyone was watching on Saturday: Tate Forcier. Forcier looked about as good as one could have hoped. His passes were accurate, had zip on them, and actually hit his receivers. Only one deep ball (that I remember) was overthrown, and he scored touchdowns on a couple long passes. He also scored a couple TDs by running the ball. Once he lost the ball in the end zone for a safety, but that was about the only bad play that I remember.
Forcier showed off his scrambling skills quite a bit. The defense could only down him by two-hand touch rules (Michigan can’t afford to lose him to an injury), but he had good field vision when he did take off. When he is fair game to defenses next season I hope he cuts down on the amount of times he scrambles, but at least his scrambles were effective. I think as times goes by he will probably be more patient in the pocket, but that was probably the only real negative about his game that I noticed, and it is probably a stretch to call that a negative. I’m just being extra paranoid about his health, as it is already obvious that Michigan can’t afford to lose him.
- The backup QB on Saturday was David Cone. Nick Sheridan was in uniform, but he didn’t do anything more than play catch with Zoltan Mesko on the sidelines since his foot was still in a walking boot. Cone struggled throughout the day but put together a few decent drives as time went by. His passing ability seemed limited, though, as did his running ability most of the time. I say most of the time because he did have a great 35-yard run after he put a move on Stevie Brown. Brown totally bit on it, allowing Cone to run down the field for a big gain.
- The third-string QB was a walk-on, Jack Kennedy. He isn’t even listed on the spring roster, so I’m assuming he is new to the team. He actually looked better than Cone at times, but I can’t stress enough how important it is that Forcier and Sheridan stay healthy. If there is ever a situation where both are injured, I think putting Carlos Brown in and letting him run on every down is probably the best idea.
- Speaking of Carlos Brown, he looked very good. If he can stay healthy, having he and Brandon Minor will be a nice one-two punch. Minor didn’t do anything too memorable, but Brown broke off a huge run for a touchdown once.
- True freshman Vincent Smith played quite a bit and looked pretty good. Despite his small size, he ran the ball downhill and showed off his ability to make moves as well. I believe he had two touchdowns — one that was right at the goal line and another where he ran around the defense from 20 or so yards out. Before watching him in person, I was a bit concerned his size would lead to big hits like Sam McGuffie experienced, but I’m not as worried anymore. McGuffie’s running style was the biggest reason he had three concussions, and Smith, as I said, runs downhill.
- Kevin Grady had a nice touchdown run where he plowed through a pile and came out unscathed to score. It reminded me of his TD run against Indiana a few years ago. Hopefully we will see him do that in goal line and short-yardage situations next season.
- The two most impressive wide receivers were Roy Roundtree and Greg Mathews. Roundtree seems like someone that will challenge for a starting job, as he has great hands and is a viable deep threat. Forcier hit Roundtree on one of his long TD passes, and Roundtree caught one other TD pass I believe.
Mathews will be the No. 1 WR for sure. His best play was going up on a fade route and taking the ball out of the air. The throw wasn’t great, but Mathews made sure the defender couldn’t pick it off and bailed out Forcier. As a way of saying thanks, Forcier gave Mathews a piggy-back ride to the bench.
- Darryl Stonum also had a great TD catch where he stole it away from Boubacar Cissoko. That play made up for a drop Stonum had early on.
- The starting offensive line was as follows: Mark Ortmann (LT), Stephen Schilling (LG), David Molk (C), David Moosman (RG), Mark Huyge (RT).
- As much as I would like to say that the offense looked great because the offense is great, that isn’t a fair assessment. Part of the reason the offense played so well was because the defense struggled quite a bit. I don’t want to read too much into their performance, though. The scrimmage was set up to favor the offense, both based on the rules and the matchups.
- Injuries kept Jonas Mouton (out for spring), Mike Martin (slightly injured ankle; kept out for precautionary reasons), Donovan Warren (out for six weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle) out of the scrimmage, and Ryan Van Bergen left on a cart mid-way through (out for four weeks with a strained MCL).
- Aside from injuries, Brandon Graham barely played in order to limit the risk of an injury. Even then that didn’t matter too much since the first-team offense and first-team defense didn’t match up at all. The second-team defense faced the Forcier-led unit, making it tough to get a good read on both sides of the ball. I think it is safe to say that the defense does have a long way to go, but their performance on Saturday wasn’t a proper indicator of where they are at right now. I’m a tad concerned but am not ready to panic just yet.
- Due to the matchups and the lack of many starters, no one really stood out on the defensive side of the ball. The secondary did stand out as being particularly bad on many occasions, but Boubacar Cissoko did have at least one good pass break-up that I remember, though Stonum owned him pretty bad on that one TD catch I mentioned. Stevie Brown, as noted, got burned by David Cone. He was playing a hybrid linebacker/safety role and was in a bunch of different formations throughout the scrimmage. It was tough to get a read on him as well, but he did win an award for the most development during the spring, so apparently he has improved from last season.
- Martavious Odoms fumbled a punt during the drills before the game. It was really, really sunny, but that isn’t an excuse. Greg Mathews fielded his punt without any problems, so it seems like Odoms still has practice to do when it comes to punts. Although he took a punt to the house against Purdue last season, he had big problems catching the ball on punts. I don’t want to lose his return ability, but I feel much better when Mathews is back there as the returner.
- Brendan Gibbons can’t get here soon enough. Our current (as in during the spring, not in general) kicking situation is not good. Jason Olesnavage didn’t have any issues with extra points, but his range appeared to be pretty limited. Once he went beyond the 30-yard line, his kicks did not look good at all. His backup is Bryan Wright, who is actually on scholarship. To say he struggled is an understatement. Wright’s kicks were bad, and those were the ones he actually got off. There were issues with the hold and the snap when he tried to attempt some field goals, which probably contributed to his poor kicking. He also had a punt blocked and kicked one off of one of his teammates on a rugby-style kick. It’s a good thing Zoltan Mesko is still here; that’s for sure.
- Entire game (MGoBlue)
- Highlights (BTN)
- Michigan takes the field (YouTube)
- Tate Forcier TD pass (YouTube)
- Tate Forcier TD run (YouTube)
- Carlos Brown TD run (YouTube)
- Kevin Grady TD run (YouTube)
- Tate Forcier interview (BTN)
- Brandon Minor interview (BTN)
- Greg Mathews interview (BTN)
- Greg Robinson interview (BTN)
- View of the crowd (YouTube)
- Post-game press conference (MLive)
- Michigan Sports Center (Flickr Page)
- Michigan Daily
- Detroit News
- Detroit Free Press
- Ann Arbor News
Plenty of recruits were in attendance, including Ricardo Miller, Marvin Robinson, Devin Gardner, and Jeremy Jackson. Some of the recruits made their way up the stadium through the section 23 aisle and were swarmed for pictures and autographs. Denard Robinson, who will be here in a couple months, was also at the game and was the first to get swarmed. He stood out enough thanks to his dreadlocks and red Deerfield Beach varsity jacket, but when a few people started cheering him, it was mayhem. He probably signed autographs and took pictures for at least 20-30 minutes, just as Ricardo Miller and some of the others did (they were all very nice). During the warm ups, Denard was down on the field hanging out with Tate Forcier, Nick Sheridan, and quarterbacks coach Rod Smith, probably getting coached up by all of them.
Varsity Blue has a rundown of the recruits that planned on being at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.
Aside from the alumni in attendance for the flag football game, Super Bowl participants LaMarr Woodley, Steve Breaston, and Harold Goodwin (assistant coach) were honored. Larry Foote was as well, but he got plenty of attention during the alumni game. Like the aforementioned players, Mike Hart and Desmond Howard were given a nice reception when it was announced they were in attendance.
The attendance for the spring game was estimated at 50,000 people. That is a new record for a Michigan spring game, and the hope is that even more people will go to the event next year. If the team has a good season and the weather is as nice as it was on Saturday, I would say they could draw around 70-80,000. I think breaking Alabama’s record is a couple of years down the road and is dependent on a lot of things, but if the team continues to improve it is definitely possible.
The band and cheerleaders were in attendance to help make this more like a real game experience. What made it feel like a Saturday in the fall for me was hearing “down in front” and “sit down.” I don’t want to beat a dead horse and go on a rant about this again, but I certainly did not expect to hear those two phrases at the spring game. Listen, people. If you have a problem with someone standing, then please, stay home. No one wants to hear you bitch and moan when you voluntarily came to the game. It’s clear you don’t want to improve the atmosphere if you are worried about people standing, so just stay home next time. And for the record, the 22 rows in front of me were standing as well, so it’s not like it was just me.
Aside from the complaints about people standing, the atmosphere was great. The crowd was into the game and it did feel like a football Saturday as much as it possibly could for a scrimmage. Overall, this was a great event and I look forward to it growing in the future. Rich Rodriguez definitely is doing a good job of marketing the program, and that job will only become easier if the team starts winning. Until then, being nice and open to the fans is a good way to keep people happy and excited.
- Red Berenson has signed a rolling one-year contract extension, keeping him at Michigan at least through the 2009-10 season.
- If Berenson decides to keep coaching beyond next season, he may get to do so at Michigan Stadium for a game. According to the Ann Arbor News, the University of Michigan is “conducting preliminary research” for playing a game at Michigan Stadium in December 2010. This would be after the Michigan Stadium renovation is completed, and if the game was played, it would likely shatter the record for attendance at a hockey game. For that reason alone I don’t see any reason why Michigan won’t eventually play a hockey game at the Big House.
The fact that Michigan has gotten the ball rolling for making this happen leads me to believe it will. After they get the specifics of price and all of that taken care of, the next step will be to find an opponent. Perhaps we could see the Cold War II or a rematch with Wisconsin, who Michigan will play at Camp Randall Stadium in February 2010.
- No charges were filed against Steve Kampfer’s father for confronting Corey Tropp in the locker room following Tropp’s ejection.
- Varsity Blue’s Tim Sullivan also went on WTKA earlier this week. You can listen to his interview here.
- Desmond Howard, Curtis Greer, and Rob Lytle are nominees for the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2009 induction class.
|Next Page »|