- For the third straight year, Michigan’s season-opener in football will be broadcast nationally and start in the afternoon. Just like the Utah game in 2008 and the Western Michigan game a year ago, the UConn game on September 4 will start at 3:30 p.m. and be shown on ABC/ESPN2 (depending on where you live). Also, it was announced that the UMass game on September 18 will start at noon and be shown on the Big Ten Network. So far the game times/TV details have been announced for five games. The other game times will be determined either six or twelve days prior to kickoff.
- Brian of mgoblog went through the documents included in Michigan’s response to the NCAA and determined that Brad Labadie and Scott Draper should be canned over how incompetent they were in handling the CARA forms. It’s truly amazing to read through the different e-mails and see just how poorly this was handled. If I were Rich Rodriguez, I would demand both to be fired right now, because this situation was made a lot worse over how mishandled it was by Labadie and Draper.
- Jonathan Chait took the Free Press to task for how inaccurate their “investigation” was.
- Michigan’s game against Kansas at Crisler Arena has been scheduled for January 9, the Sunday after the winter semester starts. Also, the Utah game is set for December 10, meaning it will be played the night before The Big Chill at the Big House.
- Ashton Kutcher had to wear a Michigan Wolverines shirt for some movie he’s in, and based on this picture I’d say he’s not a fan.
- Assistant athletic director for football Scott Draper confirmed that Michigan is in talks to schedule a game with UMass. If scheduled, however, that game would not be the 2010 season opener, as originally reported. Draper said that Michigan is in talks with a couple teams about Michigan Stadium’s “dedication game,” an event that Michigan hopes to make “special.” I doubt the opponent will be anything more than a cupcake, simply based on the way Michigan schedules and because they likely wouldn’t want to bring in a tough opponent for a dedication game.
- Former Michigan player and Detroit-native Larry Foote will likely sign with the Lions if he is released by the Steelers. The expectation is that he will be gone from the Steelers after the weekend if no trade occurs. Should he be released, the chances of Foote ending up a Lion are extremely high.
- Andy Katz released a revised preseason top 25 for basketball and moved Michigan from 11th to 9th. I’m optimistic about the 2009-10 season just as much as the next guy, but 9th? I think that is a pretty high expectation for Michigan. Although there’s no denying the progress the team made in John Beilein’s second season was truly remarkable, I think the top ten is a bit of a stretch right now.
From the Associated Press:
Rich Rodriguez walked through a flashlight-lit locker room, down a darkened tunnel and stepped onto the Michigan Stadium field for the first time.
“It’s beautiful,” he said with snow covering his dress shoes.
Welcome to Ann Arbor, Coach.