Monday Quick Hits: Michigan Wins Third-Straight Club Lacrosse Title

By · Monday, May 17, 2010 · 10:24 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • The Michigan club lacrosse team won its third-straight MCLA title on Saturday, downing Arizona State 12-11 in the championship game.  It certainly seems like it’s only a matter of time until lacrosse gets bumped up to the varsity level, but I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.
  • Michigan was trailing Northwestern in baseball 14-0 yesterday after only 2.5 innings.  The bad news obviously was that Michigan played so bad that it was down 14-0, but the good news was that it had plenty of time to get back into the game, and that is exactly what they did.  Michigan slowly but surely chipped away at the 14-run deficit and eventually tied the game on a 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, in the bottom of the tenth, Mike Dufek hit a walk-off home run to give Michigan the unbelievable 15-14 victory and to keep Michigan near the top of the Big Ten standings with one week left to play.  This was such a ridiculous game that it made SportsCenter, which isn’t too surprising considering teams don’t often come back from 14-run deficits and win on a walk-off homer.
  • The softball team received the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and will be hosting a regional this weekend.
  • MGoBlue put together a piece on softball’s Bree Evans, who was seriously injured during a game last October but is once again healthy and playing for Michigan.
  • Michigan’s game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is going to be at Clemson on Tuesday, November 30.
  • Gil Brandt, the former longtime VP of player personnel for the Cowboys, said that whatever Rich Rodriguez told scouts about Morgan Trent was not why Trent dropped to the sixth round.  In fact, Brandt gave his own scouting report on Trent and explained exactly why the former Wolverine was only a sixth-round pick.
  • Mike Hart doesn’t regret using the phrase “little brother” to describe Michigan State after Michigan won the rivalry game in 2007.
  • If he could do it over again, Drew Henson would have stayed for his senior season at Michigan instead of signing with the Yankees.
  • Marvin Robinson is going to join the football team at some point in the next couple of weeks.
  • Johnny Sears has signed with the Bengals.
  • Dayeesha Hollins has left the women’s basketball team and is going to transfer somewhere closer to home.
  • Isaiah Sykes ended up deciding to play college basketball at Central Florida.
  • There may be some rule changes coming to NCAA hockey.
  • MVictors has a good post examining what exactly went down between Bo Schembechler and Ernie Harwell during that whole saga in the early 90s.
  • Purdue reinstated Justin Siller, the quarterback who torched Michigan in 2008.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Colton Christian Commits to Michigan

By · Tuesday, May 11, 2010 · 2:50 PM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • Lloyd Carr spoke to Angelique Chengelis about the whole Morgan Trent/Rich Rodriguez draft book fiasco that developed over the weekend, clearing up exactly what his involvement in the situation was.

    “That paragraph is completely a distortion of my conversation with Morgan,” Carr said. “That is a complete distortion, and it is not accurate. I have never spoken with the author. I have never met him. I have never had a conversation with him to the best of my knowledge.”

    Trent also talked to Chengelis and backed off the assertion that Carr was the one who brought up what Rodriguez supposedly said and used specific quotes about it like the book implied.

    “Lloyd didn’t bring any of this to my attention,” Trent said. “When we spoke, I brought it up to him, and he said he had heard some of the same things.”

    This still isn’t a great situation, but at least we now know that Carr didn’t go running to Trent or the author of this book to share the specifics of how Rodriguez was trashing one of his former players to scouts.  That wasn’t necessarily what the book was trying to convey either, but the excerpt could easily be interpreted that way.

  • 2010 power forward Colton Christian has committed to Michigan.  Christian was originally set to go to Tulane, but he changed his mind after a coaching change.  Christian then made a few visits and picked up offers from Cal and Penn State before ultimately deciding on Michigan following a trip to Ann Arbor this past weekend.  He isn’t ranked on Rivals and only has two stars on Scout, but ESPN grades him as an 85, which isn’t bad.  This definitely seems like another sleeper type of recruit, but Christian did play at the Hargrave Military Academy this past year, prompting ESPN to give him this evaluation:

    Tulane may have landed a sleeper as Christian plays a very efficient, and college ready, brand of basketball. He isn’t going to dominate the game with his scoring but has some inside-out skills and impacts the game in a variety of ways. He’s a capable scorer on the block with a little jump hook and can also step out to 18 feet and shoot. He’s strong and very athletic off of two feet, bodies up well defending the post, and rebounds out of his area. Look for him to see immediate minutes next year at Tulane.

    The best part about getting Christian is that he adds more height to the team (Rivals lists him as being 6-7).  He isn’t a seven-footer or anything, but the added depth in the post will be very welcomed by John Beilein and company.  Plus, he becomes the fourth recruit to join the 2010 recruiting class, meaning he, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz, and Jon Horford will be coming to Ann Arbor this summer as true freshmen ready to contribute to the 2010-11 Wolverines in some form.

  • UM Hoops has a recap of yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new basketball practice facility. also has a recap of the event as well as some videos.
  • Patrick Beilein (John’s son), who has been a graduate manager at Michigan, is leaving to take an assistant coaching job at Dartmouth.
  • Some of the top matchups for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge have leaked out.  There’s no word on who Michigan will play yet, but its opponent will not be Duke, Virginia Tech, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State, or Miami (the ‘Canes aren’t participating in it this year).
  • Big Ten expansion rumors went crazy yet again yesterday when a radio station reported that Nebraska, Missouri, Notre Dame, and Rutgers had been invited to join the conference.  The rumor itself seemed like just another BS report, which was seemingly confirmed by the various denials issued throughout the day by the schools involved.  Even so, the rumor picked up steam and even caused ESPN to report on it, kicking discussion of expansion back into high gear.

    I will admit that I took the bait when the Pitt rumor came out a couple months ago, but since then each rumor has just really been annoying more than anything.  Until the Big Ten has deals in place to add teams to the conference, I doubt anything will be announced by them, and all of these other rumors just don’t seem too credible.  I’m sure there is some validity to the idea of where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  However, I will have a tough time believing any rumor until something official is announced by the Big Ten.

  • Personally, I think Black Heart Gold Pants’ take on Big Ten expansion was just about as credible as the rumor that popped up yesterday.

Monday Quick Hits: Germany Breaks Cold War Attendance Record

By · Monday, May 10, 2010 · 2:23 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • The hockey attendance record set by the Cold War at Spartan Stadium in 2001 is no more.  That is because Germany broke the record last week when 77,803 fans came out to watch the United States and Germany play in the opening game of the IIHF World Championships.  The record Michigan and Michigan State set back in 2001 was an attendance of 74,554 people.  That record had stood ever since but now moves down to No. 2 on the list.  Even so, Michigan and Michigan State should easily take the record back this December at Michigan Stadium.  Already more than 100,000 tickets have been sold to the event, so barring some really crappy weather, this new record of 77,803 should go by the wayside with ease.
  • It’s been a while since the last Rich Rodriguez controversy, so naturally this weekend there was a story written about how Morgan Trent was one of the players focused on in a book about the draft.  The story mentioned that the end of the book included something very interesting about Trent, Rich Rodriguez, and Lloyd Carr.

    At the end of the book, Deren describes the scene with Lloyd Carr, the former Michigan head coach that recruited Trent to Ann Arbor, breaking the news to Trent that current head coach Rich Rodriguez did him no favors.

    “Rodriguez had bad-mouthed him to every NFL scout he could,” Deren writes. “Rodriguez claimed that Morgan was lazy, he had an attitude problem and he was a big reason the Wolverines finished with a 3-9 record…”

    Trent admits the words were “jarring,” and they were hard to understand given that he was so serious about his career that he actually moved in with his brother and sister-in-law and their two small children while going to Michigan.

    But Trent was also worried about what Carr thought about his words showing up in the book. He talks to him, not Rodriguez.

    “I really like Coach Carr. He’s been very good to me,” Morgan says. “I think at first he was wondering, but I let him know it didn’t put him in a bad light. I would never do something like that to Lloyd. He’s great.”

    The claim here is that Carr let Trent know that Rodriguez had trashed Trent to NFL scouts.  Trent’s position coach from the Bengals didn’t talk to Rodriguez during the pre-draft process, but he did give some interesting insight about the situation.

    “When there is a coaching transition and the team ends up not having success, you have to step back and try to decipher what the truth really is,” Coyle says. “There was a lot of heat on those people and there was some pointing of blame. Plus, the players were somewhat chagrined, so you had to look at everything.”

    Rodriguez denied the supposed comments, saying the following:

    “The comments attributed to me are inaccurate and absolutely ridiculous.  I said just the opposite about Morgan Trent to NFL scouts and wish him well with the Bengals.”

    As Brian pointed out on mgoblog, by the time Rodriguez’s supposed comments got to the author of this book, they had been passed along by four or so different people, meaning the chances of them being 100% accurate weren’t great anyways.  What’s more, as Tim pointed out in the comments section on MVictors, this may be a case of Rodriguez giving an accurate assessment of Trent rather than badmouthing his former player.  It’s not like Trent was some great player that somehow fell to the sixth round of the draft.  He was a guy that struggled throughout his career and was downright awful in 2008, his final year at Michigan.  It’s no secret that Trent isn’t a fan of Rodriguez, and although this whole story is annoying in the sense that it’s more bad PR for Rodriguez, it’s not all that surprising given who the player involved is.

  • Michigan’s deal with adidas is at the top of the list when it comes college apparel contracts.
  • Manny Harris is officially gone since the deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft was this past Saturday and no change to his status was made.
  • E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, on the other hand, are both coming back to Purdue after originally declaring for the NBA Draft.
  • Apparently some “unnamed sources” from the Big 12 are upset that Nebraska and Missouri are so publicly interested in Big Ten expansion.  This all boils down to the fact that revenue sharing in the Big 12 isn’t equal, which is why Nebraska and Missouri have an interest in giving themselves leverage.  By expressing interest in potentially joining the Big Ten, they have quite a bit of leverage since they can threaten to leave the Big 12 if things go unchanged.  Of course, for that to actually work they would need to have an invite to the Big Ten waiting for them, and right now nothing is official.  We’re still in the rumor phase of possible Big Ten expansion, and these “unnamed sources” don’t like hearing Nebraska and Missouri mentioned so often.  I don’t know what will eventually happen with Big Ten expansion, but there could be chaos across the land of college sports, especially with the Big 12, regardless of what the Big Ten actually does.

NCAA Accuses Michigan of Violations

By · Wednesday, February 24, 2010 · 10:59 AM |  Share | 2 Comments 

The NCAA has completed its investigation of the Michigan football program and submitted its findings to the University on Monday.  After sorting through everything, Michigan held a press conference yesterday with Mary Sue Coleman, Dave Brandon, and Rich Rodriguez to share what the NCAA found.  Brandon handled most of the press conference and did a very good job of answering the questions that were asked and presenting the findings in a way that showed Michigan understood the severity of the accusations.  At the same time, Brandon also did a good job of trying to lessen the publicity nightmare of this whole situation by blaming the “mistakes” that were made on communication breakdowns and a poor internal system.  All in all I would say the press conference went about as well as it could given the circumstances.

As for the actual accusations, Michigan released the documents from the NCAA to the public, giving everybody a chance to read through and see for themselves what the football program allegedly did.  ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg already summed up the accusations perfectly, so I will just run down the list and share my analysis on each.

1. Five Michigan quality control staffers regularly engaged in both on-field and off-field coaching activities that are prohibited by NCAA rules. By engaging in these activities, Michigan exceeded the limit on number of coaches who can engage in these activities. Quality control personnel are alleged to have coached players two days a week in offseason workouts, warm-up activities during the season and film study, and they also attended meetings that involved coaching activities.

This is problematic in the sense that Michigan’s coaching staff, according to the NCAA, was five people too big based on what activities the quality control staffers participated in.  My guess is quality control staffers around the country all do similar things and interact with the players like they are coaches, but unfortunately that was against the rules and Michigan got caught.  That is pretty much the general theme to these accusations.

2. Michigan violated NCAA rules by having football staff members “monitor and conduct voluntary summer workouts, conduct impermissible activities outside the playing season, require football student-athletes to participate in summer conditioning activities for disciplinary purposes [missing class], and exceed time limits for countable athletically related activities during and outside the playing season.” This seems to be the most serious charge and the one that sparked the Detroit Free Press report and the investigation. Here are some of the specifics:

  • In two separate offseason periods in both 2008 and 2009, football players were sometimes required to participate in up to 10 hours of athletic activities or weight training/conditioning, which exceeds the limit of eight hours.
  • During the 2008 season, players were sometimes required to participate for up to five hours a day in “countable athletically related activities,” exceeding the maximum of four hours. The staff exceeded the 20-hour-a-week limit by 20 minutes during the week of Oct. 19, 2008.
  • During September 2009, football players were required to participate in four and a half hours of activities per day, exceeding the NCAA limit by 30 minutes. The report identifies four dates in question: Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28.

The accusations involving the offseason seem to be more serious than what took place during the season.  Although Michigan was apparently exceeding the maximum daily hours during the season, it sounds like the 20-hour limit was only exceeded once, and that was by a mere 20 minutes.  In that regard the attitude that Michigan was blowing by the 20-hour limit is not correct.  Michigan’s problem was that it did too much on individual days rather than as a whole each week.

3. Graduate assistant Alex Herron is accused “providing false and misleading information” to both Michigan and the NCAA enforcement staff when asked about the allegations. He denied being present for 7-on-7 passing drills in the summers of 2008 and 2009 when he allegedly conducted the sessions.

All I can say is Herron probably won’t be involved with the Michigan football program going forward (at least I hope he won’t).

4. Because of the first two allegations (detailed above), Rodriguez is alleged to have “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failed to adequately monitor the duties and activities of the quality control staff members, a graduate assistant coach and a student assistant coach, and the time limits for athletically related activities.”

5. Because of the first two allegations, Michigan’s athletics department is alleged to have “failed to adequately monitor its football program to assure compliance.” Compliance staff members became concerned about the duties of the quality control coaches in the winter of 2008 but didn’t gather enough information to determine potential problems. The strength and conditioning staff didn’t calculate time limits for offseason workouts or effectively communicate information to the compliance office. This resulted in the compliance office approving miscalculated activities and failing to follow its own policies for monitoring these activities. Athletics staff also failed to provide the forms showing countable activities to the compliance office.

Internal changes will hopefully eliminate these last two issues going forward.  As Lloyd Carr said in his reaction to the accusations, the internal problems that helped cause these issues can be improved “quickly and easily.”  Hopefully that is the case and these improvements to their internal system will help lessen the blow when it comes to what punishment Michigan will receive from the NCAA.  The way the process will move forward now is Michigan has 90 days to respond to the accusations, and then in August Michigan will have a hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.  Any punishment wouldn’t be dealt until a couple months after the hearing, though it’s possible Michigan could self-impose sanctions before that.

The one thing that people have been making a big deal about is the fact that in the NCAA’s letter to Rich Rodriguez, the accusations were described as “potential major violations of NCAA legislation, unless designated as secondary violations.”  A lot of people have taken that to mean that these are major violations for sure, which is not the case.  Michigan will likely designate all of the accusations as secondary violations because that would be less of a black eye for the program and would likely result in a lesser punishment.  Whether the NCAA will allow them to be designated as secondary violations is beyond me, but I’m hoping they do.  If these all turn out to be secondary violations then the punishment probably wouldn’t be anything more than probation and the loss of some scholarships.  Major violations certainly bring about a worse feeling, but the key in all of this is that the accusations are merely potential major violations.

The other main thing I want to address is the idea that Rich Rodriguez suddenly is on the hot seat even more than he was before.  I can understand why that is the perception considering the situation, but as Adam Rittenberg pointed out, “Rich Rodriguez’s fate ultimately comes down to whether or not he wins games, not what the NCAA decides in August.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  While what happens with the NCAA could make it easier to fire Rodriguez if it comes to that, his job status heading into 2011 will be dependent on what the team does in 2010.  If Michigan puts together a great season that shows this program is headed in the right direction, then a couple NCAA violations, though embarrassing, probably won’t be enough to cost him his job.  At the same time, if Michigan has another bad season, Rodriguez is probably gone regardless of what happens with the NCAA.  The only thing violations will do is let Michigan fire him with cause and therefore not have to pay his buyout.

Side note from all of this: WTF, Morgan Trent?

“I’m not surprised because I know what happened, and I know what kind of rules were broken. I couldn’t see how they were going to get out of that.

“Whatever steps need to be taken (to restore Michigan’s winning tradition), I’m all for it. What is happening right now obviously is not working. I don’t know how long they’re going to let this last until changes are made. This year is going to be the tell-all what’s going to happen. We can’t have three losing years in a row. Not at Michigan. To lose seven of last eight games (in 2009) is an embarrassment.”

Hey Morgan, you know what’s also embarrassing?  Your play as a cornerback for much of your career at Michigan, especially in 2008.  Perhaps you should just keep your mouth shut considering you contributed to one of those losing seasons.

Toney Clemons, Morgan Trent, & Chad Henne Comment on Allegations

By · Sunday, August 30, 2009 · 8:07 PM |  Share | 12 Comments 

Two former Michigan players who played for Rich Rodriguez have commented on the record about the allegations U-M is facing.

One of them, Toney Clemons, left the team earlier this year and transferred to Colorado, citing that he wanted to play in a different offense.  He spoke to ESPN’s Joe Schad, and his comments did not do Michigan any favors.

“The allegations are true,” Clemons said. “Nothing is fabricated or exaggerated in that story. I was there on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. depending on if guys needed treatment. You were there daylight to nighttime.”

“On Sunday, it was lifting, film, dinner and practice,” Clemons told Schad. “I usually got out around 10:20. I truly don’t want to be associated with the program back there. But I am going to help benefit my teammates back there by speaking and giving testimony.”

Helping which teammates, Toney?  Sure, you’re helping the few current players who spoke to the Free Press and don’t like how much time they have to spend on football, and I’m sure there are others who feel the same way but didn’t speak out.  But what about the rest (majority) of the team?  Do you think people like Brandon Minor and Brandon Graham, who are seniors and want to win this season, appreciate you making this situation even worse for Michigan?  I doubt it.  By now the damage is already done from the report itself, but the more former players like Clemons come out and go beyond simply confirming that the story is true, the worse this situation gets for Michigan.

Another former player, Morgan Trent, who didn’t transfer but simply graduated, spoke to Angelique Chengelis today on the record.

“Yes, we were there all day it seemed sometimes,” said Trent, a former Michigan cornerback now in his first season with the Cincinnati Bengals. “But if you expect to win, that’s the sacrifice you make. I was a senior (last season under Rodriguez) — I just wanted to win, that’s all.”

Chad Henne, who played his last game before Rich Rodriguez took over, spoke to Dave Birkett and echoed similar feelings, saying that putting in more than 20 hours was necessary to become a better player.

“Twenty hours is a very, very small portion of what you do, especially if you’re a quarterback at a high-profile school,” Henne, now with the Miami Dolphins, said in a phone interview Sunday. “Twenty hours isn’t enough for you. You have to be in there by yourself, studying film, no coaches around, and doing it on your own. That’s where the leadership comes in and that’s where, if you want to get better and play better, you have to do it on your own.”

Henne went on to say that while he wasn’t obligated to be there all that extra time, the hours really were already racked up enough just by practicing.  He also shared his thoughts on the players who spoke out to the media.

“I really think whoever’s saying it really doesn’t want to be there,” Henne said. “If they’re saying that then they’re not really worried about the team, they’re not worried about what they’re going to do during their season and they’re kind of just giving themselves up. That’s just negative talk right there. So whoever it is just really doesn’t care about the team, I would say.

“If they’re complaining about that, then they don’t want to be the best they can be and that’s their own fault.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Monday Quick Hits: Catching Up on Everything

By · Monday, April 27, 2009 · 2:51 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims are officially coming back to Michigan next season. There wasn’t a whole lot of concern about either of them leaving school early for the NBA, but it is good for all of the speculation to be put to rest.
  • Terrance Taylor and Morgan Trent were the only Michigan players drafted this year. Taylor was picked by the Colts in the fourth round, and Trent was selected by the Bengals in the sixth round. Michigan hasn’t had fewer players drafted since 1994, but they’re not the only school with a smaller than usual number. Miami (Florida) only had one player drafted, which is highly unusual for the U. (BTW, Pat White was picked by the Dolphins in the second round. It will be fun watching him play in the Wildcat.)
  • Michigan is going to play Boston College at Crisler Arena on December 2 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • If Michigan ever breaks the record for spring game attendance, they won’t be surpassing Alabama anymore. That is because Ohio State broke the record this past Saturday. 95,722 attended the Buckeyes’ spring game, which is pretty remarkable considering there was a $5 admission fee (some of that went to charity). Hopefully a few years from now we see that kind of turnout at the Big House. Now there should be even more incentive to break the record since it belongs to Ohio State.
  • Jason Forcier told Adam Rittenberg that his primary motivation for coming back to Michigan is not football. He wants to return for academic reasons, which should make his chances of receiving a waiver to play for Michigan this fall very good.
  • Some photos of Michigan’s new football practice facility have been posted on Rich Rodriguez’s Facebook fan page.
  • The Hoover Street Rag has video of Michigan’s new drum major.
  • The Big Ten Network recently posted some interviews with former players from the spring game. They interviewed LaMarr Woodley, Steve Breaston, Larry Foote, and Mike Hart.
  • Greg Paulus was scheduled to visit Syracuse on Sunday and will probably end up going to his hometown school if he does decide to pursue football.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Mark Mitera Fully Practices

By · Tuesday, February 3, 2009 · 6:11 AM |  Share | 3 Comments 
  • I’d like to give a big thanks to all of you for making January Michigan Sports Center’s largest month ever traffic-wise.
  • The Free Press has a rundown of which recruits Michigan fans should keep an eye on tomorrow. As posted yesterday, I will be providing updates throughout the day as news relating to Michigan comes out.
  • Mark Mitera fully practiced for the first time since the start of the season on Monday. He still isn’t ready to play in a game, but it is looking more and more likely that he will be back before the end of the season.
  • The ticket application for the 2010 Frozen Four at Ford Field is out.
  • UConn, Michigan’s opponent on Saturday, is now ranked #1 in the country. Yikes.
  • Jay Bilas is an idiot.
  • The CCHA official who blew his whistle right before Michigan scored what would have been the game-tying goal against Notre Dame on Saturday is also an idiot. He was in the neutral zone and blew the play dead because he thought the net came off its moorings. Thanks, moron, for costing Michigan a chance of sweeping Notre Dame.
  • Even though Michigan only split with Notre Dame, the Wolverines moved up to #4 in the latest USCHO rankings. If Michigan can finish the season without any losses to bad teams and make a run in the CCHA tournament, a #1 seed may be in reach.
  • Sean Griffin, Tim Jamison, Terrance Taylor, and Morgan Trent were invited to the NFL Combine.
  • Cleveland’s Marcus Hall, an offensive lineman from Glenville High School, committed to Ohio State on Monday. Hall visited Michigan in January and named the Wolverines his leader following the visit. That proved to mean very little, as he did the same thing after visiting Miami (Florida). Throughout all of the visits, Ohio State remained on his list, which basically foreshadowed that the Buckeyes would end up landing his services. It’s not surprising considering he is from Glenville, an Ohio State pipeline, but at one point this looked like it could be Michigan’s chance at breaking Ohio State’s grip of Ted Ginn Sr.’s football team.
  • MGoBlog’s Brian Cook was interviewed by John U. Bacon on WTKA yesterday.
  • Former Michigan pitcher Rich Hill was traded from the Cubs to the Orioles.
  • Add Ohio State offensive lineman Alex Boone to the list of idiots from above. Boone was arrested on Sunday after being tasered. He allegedly was “jumping on car hoods, yanking on a tow truck cable and trying to break a window,” and when police arrived he resisted arrest and tried to hide under a patio. Boone is set to be drafted by an NFL team in April, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want someone like him on their team. Sure, he’s talented, but this isn’t the first off the field incident he has been involved in.

Thursday Quick Hits: West Virginia Wants $50,000 from Barwis

By · Thursday, January 22, 2009 · 3:52 AM |  Share | 3 Comments 
  • West Virginia is now going after Mike Barwis’ $50,000 buyout that hasn’t been paid yet. I get that $50,000 is $50,000, but is it that hard to pick up the phone and call Barwis or his agent about the buyout? It probably wouldn’t be too tough to work the issue out in private. Then again, what fun would that be? WVU isn’t going to miss a chance to send more negative publicity Michigan’s way.
  • Michigan should have both Matt Rust and Chris Summers for its series against Michigan State this weekend. Rust was suffering from flu-like symptoms and didn’t play against Bowling Green on Saturday, and Summers left that game after taking a hard check at the very start of the first period.
  • Rick Leach is one of six former Michigan athletes that will be inducted into U-M’s Hall of Honor.
  • Morgan Trent and Tim Jamison are going to play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday night.
  • Despite the majority of college coaches being in favor of an early signing period, “numerous” conference commissioners shot down the proposal that would have created one in late December.
  • Northwestern, Michigan’s opponent on Saturday, went into East Lansing and beat Michigan State 70-63 last night. NU’s Kevin Coble got hot and dropped 31 points on the Spartans, and Michael Thompson added 20 of his own. Craig Moore also scored in double-digits with 11 points. Outside of those three players, the rest of the team only scored 8 points, which is a pretty remarkable stat.

    I’m definitely more concerned about Saturday’s game than I was before NU’s big victory, but two things to take away from the NU-MSU contest are that Michigan has to contain Coble and has to limit its turnovers. MSU turned the ball over 18 times and had trouble establishing any flow with its offense. Michigan must take care of the ball if they want to win on Saturday.

  • Also in the Big Ten last night, Wisconsin lost to Iowa 73-69 in overtime. Wisconsin has now lost three straight games (the last two were both in OT).
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