2010 Spring Game Recap

By · Monday, April 19, 2010 · 7:42 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 

Going into this year’s spring game, my opinion on the rumblings about how Denard Robinson was legitimately challenging Tate Forcier for the starting quarterback job was that it was nothing more than coach speak intended to push Forcier.  Based on what happened in the spring game, though, those rumblings are not only accurate in saying that there is a quarterback competition, but Robinson actually looked better than Forcier on Saturday.

Granted, just like any spring game you have to remember not to generalize what you saw too much since it was simply one scrimmage/practice and it’s possible that Forcier had an off day and  Robinson was just on his game.  On top of that, there were many players out with injuries and the first-string offense didn’t line up against the first-string defense, so it’s tough to get a great read on how telling this brief look at the team really was.  Even with that said, the spring game does provide a small look at how the team is performing, so although there are caveats with any football-related findings from the event, it is interesting to look back on what we saw.

Offense

The obvious focus for the offense starts at the quarterback position.  Based solely on the spring game, Denard Robinson looked like he should start over Tate Forcier and Devin Gardner looked like he should redshirt his freshman season.  Like I have said, this was merely a brief look at the team, but just how much Robinson has improved since last season is quite amazing.  His passes were crisper and didn’t seem to wobble down the field.  His patience in the pocket was much better, as he didn’t take off at the first sign of a lack of open targets.  Also, his speed and moves were just as great as ever.  Of course, the defense could only down him two-hand touch style, but Robinson still was running circles around defenders on some plays.

Forcier didn’t necessarily look bad or anything, but it was tough to look good compared to how well Robinson played.  Even so, there were indications that Forcier has not improved on some things, such as taking better care of the ball.  Just like last year, Forcier held the ball out there with one hand when he was scrambling around in the pocket.  That was an issue last year that really hurt Michigan against Illinois and Ohio State, and in that regard it doesn’t seem like Forcier has learned to protect the ball.  Other than that there really isn’t much to say about how Forcier played in my mind.  Like I said, he didn’t play that bad; he just didn’t do a lot to impress me compared to Robinson.

The same can’t be said for Devin Gardner, who made his Big House debut on Saturday.  Although Gardner showed flashes of potential on some plays with great passes and exceptional running ability, overall he struggled.  His first snap of the day was a fumble, and his passing wasn’t all that impressive outside of a couple select plays.  Perhaps more concerning than his throwing motion, which is definitely raw and needs work, was that Gardner’s struggles with reading the coverage nearly led to quite a few interceptions.

My guess is Gardner simply had an off day and had some nerves since it was his first game in Michigan Stadium, but right now it seems like he would be better off redshirting in 2010.  All along the hope has really been for Forcier and Robinson to handle the quarterback duties in 2010 to allow Gardner to take a year to develop, and unless Gardner rapidly improves during the summer, that still seems like the best-case scenario for Michigan.

Moving on to running back, I was very impressed with how deep this position looked, and that was without Vincent Smith.  Players like Mike Cox, Fitzgerald Toussaint, and true freshman Stephen Hopkins really looked good, especially Hopkins.  He was running defenders over all day long and seems like a very powerful runner.  Add Michael Shaw and Smith into the equation and the running back position should be very deep this fall.  (Austin White played as well on Saturday, but I think he will probably be redshirted this season.)

Slot receiver is another position that looks very deep.  Roy Roundtree picked up where he left off at the end of last season and put on a show on Saturday, scoring a 97-yard touchdown on a pass from Denard Robinson.  In general he was the top receiver on Saturday, making plays as a slot receiver and downfield as well.  With Martavious Odoms back for another year, Jeremy Gallon and Terrence Robinson ready to get on the field, and Kelvin Grady returning from another stint with the basketball team, slot receiver is really looking solid.

At outside receiver, we got our first look at true freshmen Ricardo Miller, Jeremy Jackson, and Jerald Robinson on Saturday.  We also got to watch Je’Ron Stokes catch a touchdown pass from Tate Forcier.  Darryl Stonum didn’t do anything too noteworthy and Junior Hemingway was out with an injury.  Although the wide receiver position as a whole is pretty deep, I hope one of these freshmen becomes a downfield threat, because Michigan had a tough time completing long passes on Saturday outside of the TD to Roundtree, who simply got wide open in the middle of the field.  Hemingway and Stonum both can be pretty good deep threats, but that’s it at outside WR right now.

There was nothing too noteworthy to take away from tight ends Kevin Koger, Martell Webb, and Brandon Moore.  Koger had one drop if I remember correctly, but other than that there wasn’t anything too noticeable.  Koger and Webb struggled with drops in the latter part of last season, but early on Koger was very good.  If he can play like he did in September of 2009 there should be no doubt about who is the starter at this position.

I didn’t pay a ton of attention to the offensive line, but a lot of younger players were getting reps with the first couple of units.  Part of that was because David Molk and Elliott Mealer were both out with injuries, but it seems like Michigan should have a pretty good two-deep at offensive line this year.

Defense

Just as the general theme with the offense was solid depth, the general theme with the defense was a lack of depth.  That is nothing new, and it’s already obvious that how Michigan performs as a team in 2010 will greatly depend on if the defense is once again a liability or not.  I don’t see the defense being a strength with so many question marks surrounding it, but the key is to not be a liability either.

On Saturday I really didn’t watch the defense too closely (partly because spring games like Michigan’s aren’t designed to favor the defense), but Ryan Van Bergen stood out to me, as he seemed to be putting pressure on the quarterback throughout the day.  I’m sure Mike Martin and Troy Woolfolk would have stood out if they had played, but injuries kept them out.

Special Teams

Let’s hope Will Hagerup is ready to be the starting punter from the second he gets on campus, because Tate Forcier was the best punter on Saturday.  He punted the ball once on a fourth down where he backed up out of the shotgun, and that one punt went much farther than any of the ones during the punting drill earlier in the day.  The actual kickers and punters could barely keep the ball in between the sidelines, and even when they did, the punts were very short.  Jeremy Gallon only got one real chance to catch a punt as a result, and unsurprisingly he dropped it.  It looks like some things haven’t changed in that regard.

The kicking competition is definitely wide open, but that is because a few kickers played quite well on Saturday.  I don’t see Michigan making a ton of long-range field goals in 2010 just based on the distances kicked from on Saturday, but thankfully every kick wasn’t shank like with the punters.  Some walk-ons, a person from the soccer team, and Brendan Gibbons will compete for the starting job at kicker.

Other notes from Saturday

  • The alumni flag football game was once again very entertaining.  Desmond Howard and LaMarr Woodley were two of the coaches, and Woodley was pretty funny, complaining about calls to the refs all game long.  John Navarre, Jermaine Gonzalez, Pierre Woods, and Jimmy King (yes, basketball’s Jimmy King played and even caught a touchdown) were just some of players involved.  Despite not playing a snap, Vada Murray, the captain of one of the teams, was named the MVP of the game, a well deserved honor considering he has been fighting cancer for the last few years.  (Phil Brabbs was supposed to be one of the captains as well, but I don’t think he was there.)
  • I just love how it was 82 degrees and sunny on Thursday and on Saturday it was cold, cloudy, and windy and it even snowed a little bit in the morning.  There was still a pretty good crowd despite the chilly weather (the estimate was 35,000 people, although I thought that was a little low), with both sidelines filling up by the time the actual spring game got started.
  • I personally didn’t have a big problem with the PNC banners that were hanging in each corner of the field.  Yes, it was advertising in Michigan Stadium, but it was for a good cause.  I can understand why people would be against it, but to the douchebag that felt the need to boo every time something about PNC was mentioned, get over it.
  • The fundraiser for Mott Children’s Hospital went very well and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, but did anyone else feel like the interviews with families were a little tacky?  I realize the importance of keeping Mott on people’s minds, but it was awkward more than anything and seemed to hold up the game itself at times.
  • Along those same lines, why was it necessary for Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter to announce the game over the PA system like it was a radio broadcast?  Last year we simply watched the game and then had interviews with players every so often.  That was much better than having to listen to Beckmann and Brandstatter announce every play, which was not only unnecessary, but I bet it was also really uncomfortable for the players who had to listen to the announcers talk about them while they were trying to play football.
  • It’s definitely a good thing Michigan Stadium is getting new FieldTurf before next season, because the new piece of the Block M that replaced what was cut out by vandals was noticeably brighter.  As it turns out, part of that is because the new turf will be “Duraspine,” which is a “brighter and higher quality version of field turf.”
  • It was weird going into the stadium and not seeing the old press box.  The area where the old press box used to be was blocked off, as construction of the new seatbacks is still ongoing.
  • The new speaker system sort of seemed like an improvement, but I think it would have been a good idea to install speakers in both scoreboards for a surround sound type of effect.  That would have also been a good idea in order to be consistent, because the very top of the north scoreboard where the speakers are housed is now covered with a banner that is sort of see through, whereas the south scoreboard is unchanged.
  • There were a lot of football recruits at the game, including Demetrius Hart, who was getting a lot of love from the fans that noticed him.
  • Some members of the basketball team were also at the game with a few recruits, including Isaiah Sykes.

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Friday Quick Hits: Looking Back at the “Michigan Goal”

By · Friday, April 9, 2010 · 1:21 PM |  Share | 2 Comments 
  • ESPN Page 2′s Patrick Hruby put together an absolutely awesome piece on Mike Legg’s lacrosse-style goal from back in the 1996 NCAA tournament.  The piece is basically a running commentary of the goal and the history behind it from everybody involved, including Legg, Red Berenson, Marty Turco, and Brendan Morrison, just to name a few.  Steve Halko, one of the other people involved in the piece, made a great suggestion for something that should happen at the Big Chill:

    HALKO: “We have a big reunion coming up at the Michigan-Michigan State outdoor game in December. I’ll have to speak to people at school and see if they can let Mike shoot that shot before the game.”

    That would be awesome.

  • I originally wasn’t going to watch the Frozen Four just because I was still bitter over Michigan not being there, but I have to admit, I took in some of the beatdown Boston College gave Miami and it was very entertaining.  BC ended up winning 7-1 and will meet Wisconsin in the national championship game.  The Badgers won their game over RIT by a score of 8-1, so hopefully Saturday night’s game is actually close.
  • Devin Gardner ran for a 60-yard touchdown in practice this week.
  • It appears that NCAA Football 11 will feature an ESPN-like broadcast.  The previous incarnation of EA Sports’ NCAA Basketball featured both ESPN and CBS, which really upgraded the presentation.  The game itself stunk, but at least it looked nice.  Hopefully for NCAA Football it looks nice and the game in general is a lot better compared to last year’s version.

Wednesday Quick Hits: Spring Practice Gets Underway

By · Wednesday, March 17, 2010 · 7:54 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • 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.

Football Quick Hits: Michigan Fills Coaching Vacancy with Adam Braithwaite

By · Saturday, February 13, 2010 · 4:37 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

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.

Devin Gardner Enrolls Early; Boubacar Cissoko Attempts to Transfer

By · Tuesday, January 19, 2010 · 8:21 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

After news on whether or not Devin Gardner would enroll early changed on a near-daily basis, the definitive word is finally in and it’s good news: Gardner has been cleared by Inkster and will start classes today (U-M was off yesterday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day).  For the last few weeks news has gone from Gardner being ready to enroll early to him having to wait until the summer like most of the other incoming freshman, but finally in the last few days Inkster cleared him to graduate, allowing him to come to Michigan.  He actually went on his official visit this past weekend, but that visit is going to turn into a much longer stay considering Gardner is now a U-M student.  He will be a couple weeks behind everybody else, but in the freshman classes he likely was able to get into that just means he has some extra reading to do.

What Gardner enrolling early means for the football team is added depth at the quarterback position for spring practice and a chance for Gardner to have much more time to develop.  I’d say it lessens the chances of him redshirting next season, though I imagine the hope is for Michigan to be in a good enough situation with Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson where Gardner doesn’t have to play in 2010.  Either way, the extra time to develop will be huge for Gardner.  Although he is physically gifted, his talents as a passer are still fairly raw and could use some work.

In other personnel news, Rich Rodriguez confirmed that Brandon Smith is going to transfer.  Also, according to Dave Birkett, Boubacar Cissoko attempted to transfer to Grand Valley State, but that “didn’t happen” for whatever reason.  Birkett mentioned that Cissoko is in “more legal trouble,” which I imagine is a big reason why his attempted transfer to GVSU didn’t work out.

Thursday Quick Hits: Talking Crisler Renovations, Recruiting, and More

By · Thursday, January 7, 2010 · 6:32 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • 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 BulagaPenn State’s Evan Royster and Ohio State’s Chimdi Chekwa and Cameron Heyward have decided to return for another year.

Thursday Quick Hits: Michigan Beats Michigan Tech 5-3

By · Thursday, December 31, 2009 · 3:08 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan rebounded from a terrible loss to RPI by beating Michigan Tech 5-3.  Considering MSU won 10-1 over Tech, this doesn’t really seem like that impressive of a victory.  Even so, a win is a win at this point.  Michigan just needs to build some confidence as the second half of the season gets going.  (MSU beat RPI 6-1 in the championship game, making the loss on Tuesday even tougher to swallow.)
  • Sam Webb has a rundown of which all-star games Michigan recruits are playing in.  Saturday at 11 a.m. is the Under Armour All-America Game on ESPN, which will feature Devin Gardner.
  • Dave Birkett shared his top 5 storylines of this decade for Michigan football.  I can’t really disagree with the list.
  • Texas Tech fired Mike Leach yesterday.

Tuesday Quick Hits: U-M Looks to Start GLI Title Defense with Win Over RPI

By · Tuesday, December 29, 2009 · 1:01 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan plays RPI at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Invitational, beginning its attempt to win a third consecutive title in this tournament.  If Michigan wins, it will play the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan Tech game in the GLI final tomorrow night.  The final will be televised by FSN Detroit, but if Michigan loses tonight and has to play in the third-place game on Wednesday, then radio and game trackers will be the only coverage of the Wolverines’ game.
  • Michigan returns to action in basketball on Thursday at Indiana.  Indiana actually just lost its leading scorer, Maurice Creek, to a knee injury, which should give Michigan a better chance of winning on New Year’s Eve and on January 14 when the two teams play again.  Thursday’s game begins at noon and can be seen on ESPN2.
  • Jordan Dumars, son of Joe Dumars, is “leaning toward” transferring from South Florida to Michigan.  A decision will be made shortly, but I’m not sure if Dumars would be on scholarship if he does come to Michigan.  It’s not like Michigan can just pass out scholarships at this time, especially considering Dumars wasn’t exactly a big-time recruit.  Plus, I imagine Joe Dumars can easily pay for a Michigan education, so this seems like a good move if he is going to join the team as a walk on.
  • ESPN’s Tom Luginbill had nothing but good things to say about Devin Gardner, who is going to play in the Under Armour All-American game this weekend.
  • There was some talk recently about Boubacar Cissoko possibly rejoining the football team if he takes cares of his academics and all that, but this certainly isn’t a good sign that he is getting things in order:

    According to Ann Arbor court records, he was cited on Nov. 19 for driving with an invalid or improper license. He failed to appear before Magistrate Margaret Currie at his Dec. 23 arraignment, so a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

    It seems like some people just never learn.

  • If the allegations are true, WTF, Mike Leach?
  • Florida head coach Urban Meyer was set to resign after the Sugar Bowl, citing health issues as his reason for leaving.  The next day, though, he changed his mind and is now only going to take a leave of absence from Florida, meaning he will likely return to the Gators at some point.
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