Monday Quick Hits: Assistants Jerry Dunn, John Mahoney Leave Michigan

By · Monday, April 12, 2010 · 2:28 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Assistant coaches Jerry Dunn and John Mahoney have left the basketball program.  Jeff Meyer, who replaced Dunn as an assistant during the middle of the 2009-10 season, is now permanently an assistant coach.
  • The ESPNU 100 for the 2010 basketball recruiting class has been updated.  Evan Smotrycz is ranked 85th and Tim Hardaway Jr. is ranked 94th.
  • Observations from a couple people who watched Saturday’s football scrimmage were gathered and posted on mgoblog.
  • The early forecast for the spring game is a high of 55 degrees and a 30% chance of rain.
  • Michigan football players participated in Relay for Life this past weekend.
  • The Michigan lacrosse team’s 49-game winning streak was snapped by Colorado on Friday.  Michigan rebounded on Sunday by knocking off #2 Colorado State.
  • Jordan Taylor pitched a perfect game in the softball team’s 9-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday.
  • In case you were wondering, Boston College beat Wisconsin 5-0 to win the national championship in hockey at Ford Field on Saturday.  Thanks to a great start to the third period, BC went from leading 1-0 to being up by 4 goals fairly quickly.  In a desperate attempt to get back in the game, Wisconsin pulled its goalie with lots of time left, resulting in another BC goal with around four and a half minutes to play.
  • A poster on mgoblog put together an early preview of NCAA Football 11.

Thursday Quick Hits: Michigan Signs Two Basketball Recruits

By · Thursday, November 12, 2009 · 6:42 PM |  Share | 5 Comments 
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. and Evan Smotrycz signed their letters of intent yesterday, officially becoming members of the 2010 recruiting class.
  • It seems like if Carlos Brown is injured then Brandon Minor is healthy and vice versa, and that appears to be the case again this week.  While Carlos Brown is expected to be completely healthy for Saturday’s game, Brandon Minor is still day-to-day with a bruised shoulder.  How much the injury will limit him, if at all, against Wisconsin is left to be seen.  A one-two punch of Brown and Minor would be ideal, but with the way the injury situation has been this year, it doesn’t exactly seem all that likely that it will be present against Wisconsin.
  • Martavious Odoms has returned to practice.
  • Patrick Omameh is the permanent starter at right guard.  There is no permanent starter at middle linebacker just yet, because coaches aren’t sure if Kevin Leach or Obi Ezeh should start.
  • David Molk’s surgery was scheduled to happen today.
  • Brandon Graham has a shot at climbing up Michigan’s all-time list for sacks and tackles for a loss.
  • Michigan is currently leading the nation in attendance.
  • Although going into tomorrow’s Michigan-Michigan State hockey game the coaches are saying that memories of the last meeting between the two teams won’t affect play, it’s kind of hard to forget the image of Steve Kampfer face down on the ice after Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy attacked him.  Perhaps members of the team will do their best to not let it take their focus off of winning the game, but I can tell you right now that the crowd will let Tropp have it all night long.  Anytime MSU comes to Yost the atmosphere is taken to a new level, but as I said earlier this week, tomorrow night may be the most hostile crowd ever, and that’s saying something.  An e-mail from the hockey team was sent out to students basically as a warning to watch what you say, as ejections could happen without warning.  Personally, I am going to try my best to avoid doing something to get ejected, but if another incident happens like in the last game between Michigan and Michigan State, all bets are off.

Wednesday Quick Hits: Carvin Johnson Commits to Michigan

By · Wednesday, November 4, 2009 · 7:31 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Carvin Johnson, a defensive back from Louisiana, has committed to Michigan.  Johnson is an unknown as far as the recruiting services are concerned, meaning he is a sleeper type of player.  His offer list isn’t all that impressive, but Michigan obviously sees something in him.  Chances are he will be nothing more than depth at Michigan, but hey, anybody that is going to provide depth in the secondary is welcomed as far as I’m concerned.  For more on Johnson, check out mgoblog.
  • There is still no word on whether or not the Big Ten is going to suspend starting left tackle Mark Ortmann for what appeared to be a punch in the groin during the Illinois game.  After Illinois’ Corey Liuget recovered a Tate Forcier fumble at the start of the fourth quarter, Liuget walked into Ortmann, who was on his knees.  No camera angle showed exactly what happened, but it looked like Ortmann punched Liuget right in between the legs.  Liuget ran off the field awkwardly and was hunched over on the sideline, so something obviously happened.  Rich Rodriguez isn’t going to discipline Ortmann because he couldn’t see anything on the replays, but the Big Ten is investigating the incident.
  • The Wisconsin game on November 14 will be on the Big Ten Network.  It is a noon start here in Michigan, meaning it will kickoff at 11 a.m. in Wisconsin.
  • Jordan Kovacs is going to get a scholarship when one opens up at the end of the season.
  • I almost wrote an entire post on just how bad the announcing was during the Illinois game, but Maize and Blue Nation beat me to it.  It was painful to listen to Mike Patrick and Craig James, and I hope neither goes anywhere near a Michigan game again.
  • Forest Evashevski passed away last week.
  • WolverineHistorian uploaded highlights of the 1991 Michigan-Ohio State game.
  • Andy Katz did a feature on just how meticulous John Beilein is when it comes to being prepared.
  • Basketball commit Tim Hardaway Jr. was interviewed alongside his father for a feature that aired during the broadcast of a recent Miami Heat game.
  • Basketball recruit Brandan Kearney committed to Michigan State over Michigan and a couple other schools yesterday.
  • AnnArbor.com did a story on what C.J. Lee has been doing lately.
  • Michigan swept Lake Superior State on the road in hockey this past weekend.  Michigan won on Friday by a score of 5-1 and on Saturday by a score of 6-3.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Commits to Michigan

By · Monday, June 29, 2009 · 1:35 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

John Beilein picked up his second commit for 2010 today, as Miami guard Tim Hardaway Jr. verballed to the Wolverines. Hardaway participated in a team camp at Michigan this past weekend and played so well that he received an offer from Beilein. After getting the offer, it took Hardaway very little time to decide to commit to Michigan.

Hardaway is a 3-star shooting guard on both Scout and Rivals. ESPN grades him as a 93, which is very good. By comparison, Michigan’s other 2010 commit, power forward Evan Smotrycz, is graded as a 95. Obviously stars and rankings aren’t that important when you consider how unheralded Stu Douglass and Zack Novak were coming out of high school, but it is still nice to see future Michigan players rated highly by a site like ESPN.

One of the early criticisms of John Beilein was that the majority of his recruits were more like Douglass and Novak than highly rated players like Darius Morris and Tim Hardaway Jr. Well, I think it’s pretty obvious that those criticisms weren’t accurate, as Beilein has proved he can find diamonds in the rough and land some big names as well.

As you probably guessed by now, former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway is the father of Michigan’s latest commit. Hardaway Sr. played in Golden State and Miami for the majority of his career and was a very talented point guard. He was a five-time All-Star and won a gold medal with Team USA in the 2000 Olympics. Obviously Hardaway Jr. has some good basketball genes.

Wednesday Quick Hits: Catching Up on Everything

By · Wednesday, December 10, 2008 · 4:48 AM |  Share | 6 Comments 
  • With my exams out of the way and the semester over (for me, anyways), I plan on working on some site-related things in the next few weeks. I don’t think there will be any major changes to the design of the site, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Also, even though Michigan isn’t in a bowl game, I still planning on doing predictions and things like that for all 34 games. I will also probably post a bowl schedule like I did last year in the coming days.
  • According to Rich Rodriguez, Carson Butler is probably going to enter into the NFL Draft, Avery Horn may transfer, and Sam McGuffie’s future is still uncertain. Rodriguez also expects Brandon Graham to return, which makes sense considering Graham was recruiting Will Campbell at the basketball game and rushed the court with the recruits.
  • Despite the win over Duke, Michigan is not ranked in either of the major college basketball polls. Michigan is 28th in the AP Poll and 31st in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.
  • When I rushed the court after the Duke game there were two not-so-great moments that I was nearly involved in. A Duke student manager or assistant of some sort was actually physically grabbing and pushing fans out of the way so Mike Krzyzewski had a clear path to leave the court. I understand why they wanted Krzyzewski out of there, but I felt it was unnecessary to physically move students out of the way like the Duke person did.

    Also, as I made my way onto the court, a couple people in front of me actually fell. A police officer thankfully made his way over to help them up, but I was worried they were going to get trampled. Now I see why rushing the court can be dangerous.

  • Speaking of rushing the court, a few different videos of the aftermath of the Duke game are on YouTube.
  • UM Hoops has a video of John Beilein’s speech before the Duke game.
  • C.J. Lee’s reaction to the Duke game has been posted on MGoBlue.
  • Whether or not freshman center Ben Cronin will redshirt is likely going to be decided this week. My guess is that he will redshirt, as it still looks like he is still being bothered by a hip injury.
  • As mentioned in the recap of the Duke game, Rich Rodriguez, his wife and son, William Campbell, William Gholston, and Brandon Graham were all in attendance. The three players (as well as other recruits) rushed the court after the game. Some of the other recruits for both basketball and football at Crisler on Saturday were Tim Hardaway’s son, Matt Poches, Brandan Kearney (basketball recruits), all three of Michigan’s football commits from Ohio, and commits Thomas Gordon and Teric Jones from Cass Tech.
  • Basketball commit Jordan Morgan was ejected from his first game of the season for getting two technical fouls.
  • Laval Lucas-Perry was wearing a kick ass suit on Saturday. If he plays half as well as he dresses, Michigan will be in good shape at the point guard position.
  • Freshman David Wohlberg was named the CCHA Player of the Week.
  • Nearly 1300 teddy bears were tossed on the ice during the first intermission of the Michigan-Michigan State hockey game. The teddy bears will be given to kids at Mott Hospital.
  • “Ann Arbor’s Big Show” will debut today on WTKA from 3-6 p.m. The show will be hosted by Jeff DeFran and Ben Holden. John Bacon will join the show in the New Year. I guess that explains why none of Bacon’s classes at the University of Michigan were offered for the upcoming semester. I was disappointed, as I wanted to take one or more of them, but a radio show definitely would conflict with them.
  • Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who may win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, committed to OU just days after Lloyd Carr was unable to call him to offer a scholarship due to the birth of a grandchild.
  • Kicker Brendan Gibbons, a Michigan commit, was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that will be played on January 3.
  • Football commit Craig Roh is Arizona’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year.
  • The Spawn of MZone put Ohio State players into the ElfYourself website. The video that was produced is hilarious.
  • Eastern Michigan’s basketball coach was suspended for three days due to an altercation with a student. The coach will be back on Thursday, so he will be on the bench for Saturday’s game at Michigan.
  • USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is Washington’s new football coach.
  • Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who is a great assistant and even better recruiter, is New Mexico’s new head coach.
  • Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is going to return for his senior season.
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