Football Quick Hits: Catching Up on Everything

By · Wednesday, April 28, 2010 · 2:32 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan’s game at Penn State on October 30 is going to be at night.
  • Brandon Graham was selected with the 13th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft last week by the Philadelphia Eagles, which traded up to get him.  Zoltan Mesko was picked by the Patriots in the fifth round and Stevie Brown went to the Raiders at the end of the seventh round.
  • The three players mentioned above were the only ones from Michigan drafted, meaning Donovan Warren really shouldn’t have decided to skip his senior season to go pro.  Just like Ernest Shazor, he left a year early only to go undrafted.  He did sign with the Jets as an undrafted free agent, which is a pretty good team to end up with, but another year in college would have helped his stock big time.
  • In other undrafted free agent news, Greg Mathews and Brandon Minor signed with the Bears, Mark Ortmann ended up with the Panthers, David Moosman joined a few other former Michigan players in Arizona with the Cardinals, Carlos Brown got a deal with the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, and Marques Slocum, who left Michigan in 2008, signed with the Redskins.
  • The Free Press recapped what Graham’s draft night was like.
  • Maize n Brew interviewed Zoltan Mesko, and it is a must read.
  • Dave Brandon recently said this about Michigan’s current scoreboards at the Big House:

    “The reality is those scoreboards are old. They’re old technology and they’re old. I’ve already looked at sketches as to what that might look at and one of the scenarios could add a few seats.”

    Brandon also reiterated that construction of the new basketball practice facility will begin as soon as President Obama leaves town following this weekend’s commencement.  Also, while there may be advertising in Michigan Stadium for the spring game and The Big Chill, things will be different for normal football games, as Brandon understands the tradition of no ads in the Big House.

  • Rivals interviewed Elliott Mealer.
  • Troy Woolfolk, who has a split personality named T-Wolf, didn’t play in the spring game because a Devin Gardner pass in practice broke his pinky finger, causing the bone to go through the skin.
  • The Toledo Blade interviewed Mike Barwis.
  • Jamie Morris no longer is employed by the Michigan athletic department.
  • TomVH interviewed Demetrius Hart’s mom shortly after the spring game.  Hart and his mother visited Ann Arbor for the spring game, and he will be back next month for the BBQ at the Big House, where there’s a chance he could commit to Michigan.
  • Braylon Edwards is going to host a charity basketball game at Crisler Arena on June 19.
  • Chris Perry was arrested last week after getting into a fight with his cousin.  His mother is fighting cancer again, which is said to be the cause of tensions in his family.
  • Boubacar Cissoko allegedly attempted to rob a cab driver earlier this month and stole money from two deliverymen last month.  Some people just never learn.
  • Northwestern is going to play a football game at Wrigley Field.
  • The NCAA approved the Dallas Football Classic and Pinstripe Bowl, bringing the total number of bowl games to 35 for the next four years.

Friday Quick Hits: Brennen Beyer Commits to Michigan

By · Friday, April 16, 2010 · 9:17 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Canton defensive end Brennen Beyer has committed to Michigan.  Beyer is a four-star on Scout (the only service that has evaluated him so far) and has offers from Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Vanderbilt, among others.  Beyer is the fourth recruit to commit for the 2011 class, joining cornerbacks Greg Brown and Delonte Hollowell and wide receiver Shawn Conway.  For more on Beyer, check out mgoblog.
  • Tate Forcier’s status for the spring game is up in the air due to his ankle injury.
  • Florida running back recruit Demetrius Hart, who will be visiting for the spring game, has a final three of Michigan, Alabama, and Auburn.
  • The Free Press wrote a good article on the Mealer family and their bond with Rich Rodriguez.  (Shocking, isn’t it?)
  • The NCAA has approved the following rules changes for football: messages on eye blacks are no longer allowed (sorry, Terrelle Pryor, no more supporting dog killers and then making dumb comments about it later), wedge blocks on kickoffs are now illegal (the NFL made that change last year), and starting in 2011, if a player taunts the opponent before crossing the goal line for a touchdown, the score will not count as a result of the penalty (lame).
  • Jon Falk, Michigan’s equipment manager since the 70s, has a book coming out in August.  You can bet that it will have loads of great stories. (UPDATE: A reader on mgoblog found the Amazon link to it.)
  • EA Sports has confirmed that ESPN integration is coming to NCAA Football 11.
  • Ray McCallum Jr. is going to Detroit Mercy to, like Trey Zeigler, play for his dad.
  • Evan Smotrycz answered readers’ questions on UM Hoops.

E:60 Story on Elliott Mealer

By · Wednesday, October 7, 2009 · 1:31 AM |  Share | 5 Comments 

Tuesday Quick Hits: Schedule Set for Michigan Madness

By · Tuesday, October 6, 2009 · 4:40 AM |  Share | 4 Comments 
  • Michigan’s night game against Iowa on Saturday is going to be nationally broadcast on ABC.
  • The Delaware State game on October 17 will start at noon and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
  • The E:60 story about Elliott Mealer is going to air tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
  • The schedule for Michigan Madness, which takes place a week from Friday, has been released.  Gates to Crisler Arena won’t open until 8 p.m., but “Borseth’s BBQ” for Michigan students will start at 7 p.m. and be held outside of Crisler.  The basketball-related activities will get started shortly after 8, and the list of events includes a skills competition, a three-point shootout, a dunk contest featuring DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris, Zack Novak, and Darius Morris, and finally a 10-minute long scrimmage for the women’s team and another one for the men’s team.
  • It looks like freshman cornerback J.T. Turner is going to be redshirted.  Obviously there is still a chance that he could play, but considering he hasn’t even played yet at a position hurting for talent outside of Donovan Warren, I highly doubt he will progress enough to see the field this season.
  • Braylon Edwards allegedly hit a friend of LeBron James early Monday morning outside of a club.  The situation definitely doesn’t look good for Braylon, especially now that LeBron has called him out for what he described as “childish” actions.

Thursday Quick Hits: Minor Should Play Against Notre Dame

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Wednesday Quick Hits: Witty Still Hasn’t Qualified

By · Wednesday, September 2, 2009 · 4:44 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • One of Rich Rodriguez’s partners in the project that resulted in him getting sued is a banned Clemson booster who has racked up five felonies for breach of trust with fraudulent intent.  He allegedly stole money Rodriguez and the other investors, which could help explain how Rodriguez is a victim in this.  The reason Rodriguez is getting sued is because, according to the bank that is doing the suing, he is “the financial strength behind the loan.”
  • Cornerback Adrian Witty retook the SAT again in hopes of qualifying.  He doesn’t know when the results will be out, but even if it was tomorrow and he did qualify, it’s probably too late for him to see any real playing time.  Realistically, if he ends up on campus at all, the chances of him being redshirted are probably close to 100%.  To miss all of fall camp and not arrive until after the season would leave him extremely behind.
  • Mike Patrick and Craig James are the announcers for Saturday’s game against Western Michigan.  The last time Patrick announced a Michigan game was the 2008 Capital One Bowl (Lloyd Carr’s final game).  While he has an interesting personality, I hope Patrick is able to correctly say the players’ names this time around.  If I had a nickel for every time Adrian Arrington was called Adrian Harrington, I’d be rich.
  • Click here for a coverage map of Saturday’s 3:30 games.  Even if Michigan’s game isn’t going to be shown on ABC for you, I believe it will be shown on ESPN or ESPN2.
  • It obviously could still change, but the predicted weather for Saturday looks very promising.
  • Although Inkster got beat by Ann Arbor Pioneer last Saturday in dramatic fashion, Devin Gardner played extremely well.  Gardner seems to continually be improving, at least he is in Rivals’ eyes.  Gardner is now the No. 53 in the 2010 recruiting class, the top player in the state of Michigan, and the best quarterback in the country.  That is quite a list of accolades.  (Highlights of Gardner from last Saturday can be found at mgoblog.)
  • Lloyd Carr was recently interviewed by FOX 17, and it was interesting to see how uncomfortable he got when the subject turned to Rich Rodriguez.  I don’t know if this was shot before the whole practicegate thing happened or not, but Carr’s demeanor definitely changed when Rodriguez was mentioned.
  • The Toledo Blade looked at the friendship Elliott Mealer and Kevin Koger had even before coming to Michigan because of their days of playing AAU basketball.
  • Someone on mgoblog posted a hilarious picture made in Microsoft Paint that shows how David Cone lost his number to Denard Robinson.
  • John Kryk, who wrote a book about the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry, analyzed the presentation of the Free Press’ investigation article for The Wolverine.
  • UMTailgate was featured in ESPN SportsCenter’s Blog Buzz segment.
  • WolverineHistorian uploaded highlights of Michigan’s 38-0 win against Notre Dame from 2003.
  • Michigan’s volleyball team is ranked 7th in the nation after upsetting Nebraska, which was ranked 3rd, and beating Kansas State, which was ranked 22nd.  This is the highest Michigan has ever been ranked in its history.
  • The Pac-10 is officially part of the Alamo Bowl starting in the 2010-11 season.
  • The Motor City Bowl is now known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.  It was originally going to be called the Little Caesars Pizza Pizza Bowl, but one “Pizza” was removed, making it sound a little less cheesy.
  • Iowa running back Jewel Hampton is out for the season because of a knee injury.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Mark Mitera to Play This Weekend?

By · Tuesday, February 24, 2009 · 4:58 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Mark Mitera is expected to play against Ferris State in both games this weekend. It would be great for him to get to play on Senior Night.
  • During Monday’s Big Ten teleconference, John Beilein didn’t really expound on why he benched Manny Harris for overtime of the Iowa game. Beilein did say that Harris “will be ready to roll against Purdue,” so let’s hope Manny comes out on Thursday and plays with extra intensity.
  • Speaking of Thursday, Bill Raftery will be the color commentator for the Purdue game. ONIONS!
  • John Beilein and Tom Izzo watched the PSL finals together.
  • Chad Langlais was named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week.
  • The baseball team started its season over the weekend by going 4-0 in Clearwater, Florida. The first two games ended on walk-off hits, and the last two games were fairly comfortable wins. Michigan beat South Florida, Cincinnati, and St. John’s as part of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge and also beat Purdue in a non-conference game (I don’t get it, either). For more on the baseball team, I suggest checking out Varsity Blue, where new writer FormerlyAnonymous has already provided the most in-depth coverage of Michigan baseball than any other place I’ve seen before.
  • A kicker from Royal Oak is going to be a preferred walk-on at Michigan. His name is Eddie Murray, and he once worked out with Jason Hanson. What’s so coincidental about this is that the Lions’ kicker before Hanson was Eddie Murray, who has no relation to the kicker coming to Michigan.
  • The Big Ten changed its BCS tiebreaker rules so playing an FCS school doesn’t penalize a team in a tie-breaking situation.
  • There was a good article written about offensive tackle Elliott Mealer, who is continuing to get better. Mealer shared some interesting stories about how much faster the college game is compared to high school.
  • Former Michigan long snapper Sean Griffin took the Free Press behind the scenes of the NFL Combine. Click here and here for parts 2 and 3, respectively.
  • Terrance Taylor was asked about Justin Boren at the combine and had this to say about him:

    “He ain’t my brother if he transfers to Ohio State,” Taylor said. “I’m a Michigan man. Nah. He made his choice. He’s a good player. He’s my friend. But brother? No.

    “Tim Jamison’s my brother, guys who stayed. Those who stay will be champions. He didn’t stay. I’m a Michigan man. He’s a Buckeye.”

    Taylor was a lot more reserved than I would have been if I had to answer a question about Boren.

  • Michigan’s Adam Harris broke his school record in the 60m dash on Saturday.
  • The University of Michigan isn’t going to renew its licensing agreement with Russell Corporation, makers of Russell Athletic apparel.

Friday Quick Hits: Michigan Stadium Opened Up to Media

By · Friday, August 15, 2008 · 2:22 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • Next Wednesday there will be an event called “Bowling for Brock” at Colonial Lanes in Ann Arbor. The event will feature Michigan football players and coaches and will serve as a way to help the brother of freshman offensive lineman Elliott Mealer pay his medical bills. Brock, Elliott’s brother, suffered serious injuries in a car accident on Christmas Eve of last year that claimed the lives of Hollis Richer, Elliott’s girlfriend, and David Mealer, Elliott and Brock’s father. Elliott tore his rotator cuff in the crash and Brock was told that he may never walk again.

    After the accident, both Elliott and Brock came to Ann Arbor for treatment at the University of Michigan. Brock was at U-M for quite some time just working to move his legs and the progress he has made is remarkable. Brock was taken in by the Michigan family and Rich Rodriguez even watched some of the Super Bowl with him in his hospital room. Oh, and did I mention that Brock graduated from Ohio State last year? This is certainly one case where Wolverines and a Buckeye have come together for a great reason.

    For full details of Bowling for Brock, check out MGoBlue.

  • Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics by setting yet another world record, this time in the 200m Individual Medley. Less than a half hour later he was back in the pool and won his semifinal for the 100m Butterfly. He will do that race again tomorrow morning in Beijing (tonight for us), and a win would tie Mark Spitz’s record for the most gold medals in a single Olympics.
  • The Big Ten Network is officially on Comcast. For me, the switching of channels on basic cable occurred around 2:30 a.m., and as of the time of this post, I’m still waiting for the digital lineup to be updated.
  • With all of the steel in place, the media got a tour of a much different looking Michigan Stadium on Thursday. The Michigan Daily and Detroit Free Press have pictures from the tour, and everything does look quite different, especially on the outside. The two steel structures dominate the facade, and the look inside the bowl is no different. With the new giant structures in place, the old press box really looks puny compared to its future predecessor, and the anticipation for this project to be completed two years from now really is growing.
  • On top of going inside Michigan Stadium, the Michigan Daily also snapped some pictures of the new looking court in Crisler Arena. The paint job is not finished just yet, but I already am loving the new bigger block “M” at center court.
  • If anyone thinks Rich Rodriguez doesn’t get the Ohio State rivalry, this little tidbit relayed by Angelique Chengelis should let you know that he is singling out the Buckeyes, albeit in a subtle way.
    Scattered around the field behind Schembechler Hall are red blocking dummies. From behind, they look like, well, red blocking dummies. But on the side facing the players, Ohio State logos have been attached to the dummies at the contact point.

  • A couple of NASCAR drivers and the Goodyear Blimp were in Ann Arbor today. The reason for that is because NASCAR is at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, so the drivers and the blimp decided to make the short trip to Ann Arbor.
  • The CCHA has approved a rule change that adds a shootout into the mix during league games. If a game remains tied after three periods and one five-minute overtime then a shootout will determine the winner of the game.
  • Sports Illustrated released a commemorative 80-page issue that is “A Celebration of Michigan Football.”
  • Another former Michigan baseball player, Chris Getz, was recently called up to the Chicago White Sox.
  • MVictors’ latest eBay watch features a Michigan helmet covered in pride stickers.
  • 25% of USC’s football team has “jock itch,” and the resulting story about said itch provided this great quote:
    “It burns,” Patterson said.

    Thanks for sharing that. I don’t know how a quarter of the team could have gotten this itch, but maybe the Trojans should use, you know, Trojans just to be careful. After all, the Song Girls can’t be put in danger.

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