Grand Rapids and Pittsburgh

July 28, 2016 by  
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Metro Grand Rapids’ economy was in the news twice recently. One very positive story, the other not so much. Both are accurate. The differences between the two highlight the importance of how you define economic success.

The positive story comes from Bridge Magazine. It documents the strong job growth metro Grand Rapids has enjoyed. Bridge writes: “But nowhere is Michigan shining brighter than West Michigan, where two counties, Kent and Ottawa, account for one fifth of all new jobs in the state, despite comprising just one-tenth of the population. In Ottawa, the April jobless rate was 2.7 percent. It was 2.9 percent in Kent. Both are historic lows not seen since 2000.” Good news indeed.

The not so positive story comes from a new study by the Economic Policy Institute which found that Grand Rapids has the worst income inequality of any Michigan metropolitan area. With the top one percent making 25 times the bottom 99 percent. What probably matters most to most people is the average income of the 99 percent in West Michigan is $41,061 compared to a national average for the bottom 99 percent of $45,567.

As the Bridge story eludes to, West Michigan has low unemployment but also low wages. So if your measure of economic success is how many people are working metro Grand Rapids is clearly doing well, far better than the rest of Michigan. But if your measure of economic success is how well people can pay the bills, save for their retirement and their kids education metro Grand Rapid is not doing so well.

The Michigan Association of United Ways calculates that 39 percent of Kent County households and 34 percent of Ottawa County households earn to little to pay for the basics: housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation. (Statewide 40 percent of Michigan households earn to little to pay for the basics.)

At Michigan Future we believe the goal should be an economy with lots of good-paying jobs, a place with a broad middle class where there is a realistic chance for families to realize the American Dream. Places with low unemployment rates, but also lower personal income, aren’t successful to us. Governor Snyder describes it as more and better jobs. Both matter.

The Bridge article suggests that metro Grand Rapids should replace metro Pittsburgh as a model for Rust Belt revitalization. Lets look at how the two regions compare. First the EPI study found that the average income of the bottom 99 percent in metro Pittsburgh is $45,165. More than $4,000 higher than metro Grand Rapids.

In our last report we compared the two metros (along with four others). The average wage in Pittsburgh is $50,941, in Grand Rapids its $43,801. In terms of how many are working, in metro Pittsburgh 466 of every 1000 resident work, in Grand Rapids its 489.

Combining how many are working and how much they earn metro Pittsburgh is 18th out of 52 metros with populations of one million or more in employment earnings per capita, metro Grand Rapids is 48th. We believe employment earnings per capita is the best measure of how well the state and its regions are doing on Governor Snyder’ goal of more and better jobs. It measures the combination of how many Michiganders are working and how much they earn in wages, self- employment income and employer paid benefits.

Sure seems like Michigan should look to metro Pittsburgh as a model for a region which has gone through the collapse of their dominant factory-based industry and has emerged as once again one of the most prosperous regions in the country.

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Michigan Basketball Releases Official 2016-17 Non-conference Schedule

July 27, 2016 by  
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The program announced the non-conference slate of games on Wednesday.

Michigan basketball’s 2016-17 non-conference slate of games has been officially revealed and is set in stone, according to a release from the program on Wednesday afternoon.

The schedule will feature matchups with South Carolina, Texas and UCLA, as well as participating in the 2K Classic in New York City.

Michigan will open the season with an exhibition game on Nov. 4 against Armstrong State, which is notable because it means the return of U-M legend Cazzie Russell, who is an assistant coach with the program.

"Cazzie called and asked that we use our exhibition game to play his team, Armstrong State," Beilein said in the statement. "I said yes because it is always great when Cazzie returns to Ann Arbor. This time, however, he is with the other team. I am just glad he will not be in uniform playing against us."

Michigan opens regular season play by hosting two 2K Classic regional matchups at Crisler Center with Howard and IUPUI on Nov. 11 and 13, respectively. From there, they travel to the Big Apple to take on Marquette (Nov. 17) and either Pittsburgh or SMU (Nov. 18) pending the results of the first round games.

The Wolverines will also host Virginia Tech in the ACC/B1G Challenge on Nov. 30 and play at South Carolina (Nov. 23), vs. Texas (Dec. 6) and at UCLA (Dec. 10).

"We were successful in scheduling some very competitive home-and-home games for 2016," he said. "These games not only guarantee a strong RPI but provide our U-M fans some exciting non-conference games in Ann Arbor. These types of opponents have always proved to be excellent preparation for our tough Big Ten schedule."

Other non-conference opponents include Mount St. Mary’s (Nov. 26), Kennesaw State (Dec. 3), Central Arkansas Dec. 13, Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 17) and Furman (Dec. 22).

Michigan’s full 2016-17 schedule can be viewed here.

Michigan to make 2017 3* OT Toryque Bateman’s Top 8

July 27, 2016 by  
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Michigan and Tennessee are automatic locks for Toryque Bateman’s list.

Class of 2017 three-star offensive tackle Toryque Bateman said that he will release his Top 8 before August 2nd, but he told Maize and Brew that Michigan and Tennessee are automatic locks to make the list. He is still deciding on other schools.

“I like everything about them (Michigan),” he said. “The family feeling that they bring is nice. I felt comfortable in that environment.”

Bateman has offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Arizona State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Memphis, Southern Miss, Troy, UAB and USF. He has been recruited to Michigan by Tyrone Wheatley and Tim Drevno. Don Mahoney and Tommy Thigpen recruited him to Tennessee.

The 6-foot-8, 305-pound athlete from Gadsden City High School in Alabama is the 411th overall player in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. He is the No. 43 ranked offensive tackle and is the 20th-best player in Alabama.

Bateman has connected most with Michigan offensive analyst coach Antonio ‘Bam’ Richards. Coach Bam likes the athleticism, bending ability and all-around game of the offensive tackle.

Michigan’s new gear includes the Jordan Trainer 1

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Jordan’s Daily has released the new Michigan-themed Jordan AJ Trainer 1.

Michigan has a new era of clothing coming soon, including shoes. Jordan’s Daily released the Michigan-themed Jordan Trainer 1.

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“The University of Michigan will officially be a Nike school once the clock strikes midnight, August 1,” Jordan’s Daily said. “Part of the new deal, announced in July 2015, is the option to wear Jordan Brand footwear and apparel, which should be a well-received option with UM’s basketball and football programs. The Jordan Trainer 1 is part of the first wave of gear, featuring Michigan’s blue and gold set inside elephant print, with the iconic M logo underneath translucent tread. Stay tuned for more looks at Jordan Brand x Michigan stock as we head into the fall.”

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The shoes will be released with the jerseys on August 2nd.

Michigan makes Final 5 for 2017 4* SF Kyle Young

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Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Butler and Clemson make the Final 5 for 2017 SF Kyle Young.

Class of 2017 four-star small forward released his Final 5 and included Michigan.

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound athlete has three Big Ten programs in Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue, with Butler and Clemson completing the list.

Young, who played for the King James Shooting Stars on the AAU circuit this summer, trimmed that list down from the top 10 he announced last month. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina State and West Virginia were removed from his consideration.

Young has offers from Ohio State, Akron, Clemson, Davidson, Florida, High Point, Illinois, Kent State, Miami (OH), Michigan State, N.C. State, Northwestern, Purdue, Toledo, Wisconsin and Xavier.

The four-star from Jackson High School (Massillon, Ohio) is the 80th overall player in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. He is the No. 18 small forward and the third-best player in the state of Ohio.

Big Ten Media Days: D.J. Durkin reflects on time with Michigan

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We take a look at D.J. Durkin's comments on Michigan from Big Ten Media Days

Maryland head coach, 2015 Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was on hand at the Big Ten Media Days. I was able to ask his thoughts about the Michigan program. Although he didn't go into specific details about his time in Ann Arbor, his response was genuine and it was evident he enjoyed being part of the Harbaugh staff.

"Jourdan (Lewis) is a great kid, a great player, very proud of all he's been able to accomplish. Whenever you go to games, you go to battles with guys, you build tight relationships with your players and the coaches your with, and so obviously there's feelings there but at the same time we're now on the opposite sideline and their doing everything they can to beat us, and we're doing everything we can to beat them. At the end of the day our relationships will last a lot further than any one game. And that's the cool thing about it, you get to look around and so many guys I've been able to be some small part of their career and their life. And when you hear back from them, talk to them, see them, it always bring a smile to your face."

Durkin will be returning to "The Big House" November 5th with the Terrapins. It will be interesting to see how the game unfolds, with Durkin knowing so much about the Michigan offense, and Michigan knowing all about Durkin's type of scheme. It should be fun to see.

Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: 2016 LB Dytarious Johnson to Enroll Early

July 27, 2016 by  
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In this edition, Michigan nabs a spot on a top list, a commit announces his early enrollment, and more.

Michigan Cracks Top 16 for 2017 4* OT

Per his Twitter page on Sunday, 2017 four-star offensive tackle Aaron Banks (CA) has listed Michigan in his top 16 list. Also included were Arizona State, Notre Dame, and USC, among others. The 247Composite lists Banks as the 20th-ranked recruit in the state of California and 21st at the OT position.

Noteworthy: Banks is listed as 6'7".

2016 LB Dytarious Johnson to Enroll Early at Michigan

Class of 2016 commit Dytarious Johnson will enroll early at Michigan in January after a fall semester at prep school, per Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. Johnson was the 47th-ranked inside linebacker in his class and 40th overall in Alabama (Prattville).

Johnson posted the following on his Twitter page a few days ago, with current Michigan athlete Kingston Davis:

Read more on Johnson here.

Michigan Commit Priority for LSU

Per Ryan Bartow of Wolverine247 ($), LSU is making a strong push for four-star safety Otis Reese following an offer this past weekend. Reese committed to the Wolverines back on June 18.

He is the 14th-ranked safety in his class and 14th overall in Georgia (Lee County). To read more on this, you will need a subscription to 247Sports.

Big Ten Media Days: Jim Harbaugh Podium Q&A Recap

July 26, 2016 by  
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After his press conference, Jim Harbaugh sat down for an hour long Q&A with the media. We take a look at some of what he had to say.

Jim Harbaugh not only took part in the Big Ten Media Days press conference, but also a podium Q&A session later Monday afternoon. MaizeNbrew was on hand to catch his comments:

Here are some highlights from the hour session:

Difference between a good player and a great player:

"Somebody that puts the work in. Any dream can be realized, and if you don't set your sights high enough, if people aren't laughing at what you aspire to, what you dream about, and what your goals are, then you probably haven't set your goals and dreams high enough. All that is possible once the work is realized. That's the biggest thing that needs to happen.

Thoughts on Don Brown:

"He's a legend in my mind right now. Everything he has done. Everything that he has been associated with has been successful. Even as a baseball coach at Yale. They say we need you to coach the baseball team, he coaches them into the playoffs. Everywhere I go, and I've been a lot of places, and the amount of people that come up to me and say I've played for Don Brown.. at U-Mass, played for Don Brown at Boston College, tell Donny I said hi he coached me, and to hear the ways he's effected lives and made people, developed individuals, is on the same par as people talk to me about my Dad, and how he's effected people through his coaching career, the many lives he's influenced, it's running neck and neck right now."

On Browns defensive style:

It's an attacking defense. They're attacking, they are covering. They are coming from everywhere. The blitz percentage is high. I think the scheme is going to be tough to beat.

Thoughts on Jake Butt:

From day one Jake Butt as been A++ as a player. And then I look out in a meeting, and I see him on the edge of his seat, I see him gung-ho, sit through a two/three hour meeting, and he's communicating with guys next to him. He's walking out of that meeting with a bounce in his step. Puts his uniform on, he's out to the field, the hair on the back of his neck is standing up, goes to his sled, goes through a blocking drill with just as much excitement as he does when we're going through pass routes, the routes on air, seven on seven. I think the world of him. I think he's a tremendous football player, and I've always thought he's the most gung-ho player on our team when it comes to playing football. Football isn't fun, football is hard, rough and tough, you don't play many games, you're practicing, lifting weights, conditioning it seems like year round. And guys that love competition that embrace the struggle. Then you know you got a true football player, and to say "Jake Butt, he's a football player", is the highest compliment that I think I could receive or give anybody. Jake Butt, football player."

Satelite Camps Positives:

"It was all good. It was good for the student athletes, the youngsters, their families, it was good for the coaches, it was good for competition. I think that anybody that had questions about it, people even were talking about the sky falling, that is was the wild west... it wasn't. It was much adieu about nothing and those complaints were all proved unfounded."

About the rap video:

The rap video.. why not? My default answer is yes, that would be great. And then had fun writing some of the lyrics, had some input in that, was in the video, it was fun, the feedback has been great, got texts from people and people stop me and say "that's really good". We did not embarrass ourselves with that video. It's a respectable song and video. All cool people like it."

Playing on the road:

"Hard pressed to think of anything better than to go into another teams stadium, to compete against their teams, their fans, and if you can throw in the elements too.. the cold, some kind of rain weather and come out the victor there's nothing better in life that I've found."

Thoughts about the kick-off on special teams:

"I like the kick-off. Having done it, I've run down on kick-offs, it's one of those great thrills in life. For a competitive junkie to take that running down on a kick-off, you're hair is on fire, you are trying to be the fastest guy down on the field from point A to point B. You're going to get hit, somebody's coming to block you. That is a wonderful feeling and thrill."

Big Ten Media Days: Jake Butt Podium Q&A Recap

July 26, 2016 by  
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We take a look at what Michigan Jake Butt had to say at Big Ten Media Days.

Michigan Tight End Jake Butt was at Big Ten Media Days to answer questions from the media. MaizeNbrew was there to catch some of his comments.

Here are some highlights from his Q&A-

How he feels about quarterback battle:

"I feel very great, they're all in great hands with coach Harbaugh, he's a quarterback guru. They both have the capability to succeed and get the job done. They great thing is they have competition so they can't go into any single practice relaxed. They can't take a meeting off, a rep off, they going to have to be going all out at every single thing they're doing and that's great for us as a team because that's going to bring out the best in both of them."

How much easier does it make it for the new quarterback having himself, Darboh, and Chesson as targets?

"I hope it makes it a little bit easier and an edge. Aside from us we have an experienced offensive line, we got an experienced run game, we have a proven run game, we have a defense we know we can trust, we got a special teams that we know are going to put us in great positions. They're all little pieces of the puzzle that come together."

How to win:

"Since a young kid I figured out that way to win football games is you gotta run the ball and play defense. It's looking like we should be able to do both of those things. We have all the personnel in place, we have the coaching, we got the talent, so I think we got a good shot."

On Michigan wearing the Jumpman jersey:

"Our team cannot wait, it's a great honor to have our name and our brand next to Michael Jordan, who's obviously the greatest basketball player to ever play the game. And to be the first one to pave the way as a Jordan football team.. I know we're all really, really excited."

Thoughts on Freshmen tight ends:

"They're very talented and eager to learn. That's a recipe for success right there."

Who's more competitive? Butt or Harbaugh:

"That's a tough one. He's probably the most competitive person I've ever met and probably will ever meet. That being said, I try to match that competitiveness for sure."

One game at a time mentality:

"You can't win the Big Ten Championship without winning the game right in front of you. You can't win the College Football Playoff without winning game one. We're going to have a target on our back this fall and we know that. Everyone that comes into our stadium is going to be at their best, their going to be playing their best against us, trying to knock us off. We saw that last year. We fought in some really close games, some of them we lost, some of them we won, the goal this year is to win them all."

Has he been around a player as versatile as Jabril Peppers?

"I haven't. That guy is something else. He's played cornerback, nickel, safety, he's playing linebacker now, returns punts, kicks, played quarterback, running back, slot, the list could go on. He can cover our fastest receivers, he can cover me, he can come fill the hole against lineman, I'm glad he's on our team and not somewhere else."

Rutgers head coach Chris Ash: “No rivalry with Michigan… yet”

July 26, 2016 by  
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Michigan and Rutgers have bad blood, but Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash says “no rivarly.”

Michigan snatched six recruits from New Jersey in the 2016 class, which has caused bad blood between the Wolverines and Scarlet Knights. However, Rutgers head coach Chris Ash does not believe there is a rivalry with Michigan just yet.

"I'll start by saying there's no rivalry with Michigan yet," Ash said. "They've done some things that we have no been able to do. I think it's great for fans to get a chance in the off-season to talk about college football. ... I have a tremendous amount of respect for coach (Jim) Harbaugh and the job that he's done at Michigan and the program that they've had for a number of years. We're doing the best we can at Rutgers to create rivalries with everybody that we play. It's great that the fans are involved, care and are passionate about what we're doing at Rutgers."

In 2014, Michigan lost at Rutgers, 26-24, under Brady Hoke in his final season with the Maize and Blue. Last season at The Big House, Michigan won 49-16 over Rutgers in Jim Harbaugh’s first tenure as head coach.

When Harbaugh came to New Jersey in June for a satellite camp at Paramus Catholic High School, Rutgers supporters were not happy. There was $600 to $700 worth of Rutgers magnets placed all over the Paramus Catholic campus. A group threw teddy bears on the practice field and sent Harbaugh a cryptic message.

Believe it or not, Ash decided to hold a camp of his own on the same day, at the same time, and just 30 miles away. To make matters worse, Ash teamed up with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer for the camp.

Defensive tackle Rashan Gary (No. 1 overall prospect), running back Kareem Walker, athlete Ahmir Mitchell, defensive end Ron Johnson, defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour, and wide receiver Brad Hawkins are the Class of 2016 players committed to Michigan from the state of New Jersey.

Michigan and Rutgers do not have a rivalry... yet.

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