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.

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: Minor Should Play Against Notre Dame

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Wednesday Quick Hits: Don Nehlen Attends Practice

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Wednesday Quick Hits: Fitzgerald Toussaint Out with Fractured Shoulder

By · Wednesday, August 19, 2009 · 3:34 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • The reason Jason Forcier isn’t enrolling in grad school and won’t be playing football for Michigan is because he had to be in a grad program that Stanford didn’t offer.  That and the fact that he started all the paperwork so late in the process is why things didn’t work out.  Even so, Forcier plans on staying in Ann Arbor to serve as a mentor for his brother Tate.  Jason has already set up a meeting between Tate and Drew Henson, hoping that the former Michigan quarterback can give advice to the new Michigan quarterback.
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint has a fractured shoulder and will be out for an extended period of time, perhaps the rest of fall camp.  If that happens, he will probably be guaranteed to redshirt.  That is what will likely happen anyways, but if he misses over two weeks of practice, a lot would have to happen for him to see the field.
  • Donovan Warren is day-to-day after spraining his knee on Monday.
  • Ricky Barnum, Thomas Gordon, Mark Moundros, and walk-on Zac Johnson are also day-to-day.
  • Denard Robinson scored four touchdowns during Monday’s practice.  Two were in the air and two were on the ground.
  • It seems like the defense is giving up quite a few big plays.  Just over the last two days, there has been a 25-yard pass from Tate Forcier to LaTerryal Savoy, a 45-yard run by Kevin Grady, runs of 68 and 72 yards by Denard Robinson, and a 58-yard pass from Forcier to James Rogers.
  • Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will be on the field during games.
  • Drew Henson was at practice on Monday and Tuesday.
  • This fall’s walk-on tryout for students will be on September 16.
  • Wolverine Liberation Army took Jim Carty to task for a post he made about the Justin Feagin situation on his blog.
  • Several videos featuring Devin Gardner, Ricardo Miller, Jeremy Jackson, and Larry Foote have been uploaded to YouTube.  Local high school players visited the Lions’ practice yesterday, which is what the videos are from.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Michigan to Play Creighton in Old Spice Classic

By · Tuesday, August 4, 2009 · 3:08 PM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • The Old Spice Classic’s bracket has been released, and Michigan will play Creighton in the first round.  They will play either Xavier or Marquette in the second round, and could match up against Ekpe Udoh and Baylor at some point.  The Creighton game will be played at noon on Thanksgiving, which makes little sense to me.  It will be right in the middle of the Lions’ annual Thanksgiving game, which just seems like poor planning.  Regardless, Michigan will help get the Old Spice Classic started down in Orlando, FL.
  • Dick Vitale has Michigan ranked 11th in his preseason basketball poll.
  • As you can imagine, the coaches at Ann Arbor Pioneer are excited that Ricardo Miller and his brother, who is 6-6 and plays basketball, are going to their school.
  • Countdown to Kickoff on MGoBlue.com is returning for its second year.
  • Maize n Brew recapped what Rich Rodriguez had to say at Big Ten Media Days.
  • The Patriots have released Matt Gutierrez.
  • Lou Holtz is reportedly considering running for Congress.  If that’s what it takes to get him off ESPN, I hope he runs and wins.

Monday Quick Hits: Ricardo Miller Will Attend Ann Arbor Pioneer

By · Monday, August 3, 2009 · 3:22 PM |  Share | 2 Comments 
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