The Michigan Man Podcast Episode 250: Football Recruiting Update

May 26, 2015 by  
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Steve Lorenz from 247 Sports & Ace Anbender from MGoBlog are my guests this week.

1) News & Notes: Softball & Baseball riding high!

2) Gameday: Recruiting analyst Steve Lorenz from 24/7 Sports is here with a May update.

3) Gameday Extra: MGoBlog's Ace Anbender is my guest.

4) Quick Hits: Softball & Baseball Recap

Website: www.maizenbrew.com Listener Line: 313 263-4842 Open 24/7 for your calls. Email: themichiganmanpodcast@yahoo.com

Next show is June 10th. My scheduled guest is BTN Studio Host Mike Hall. Have a great couple of Wolverine weeks everyone.

Justice Hayes announces transfer to Southern Miss

May 26, 2015 by  
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Another former Wolverine announced his transfer destination on Tuesday with former running back Justice Hayes tweeting that he'll transfer to Southern Miss.

Another former Wolverine has announced his transfer destination through social media. And another Wolverine is headed South.

Former running back Justice Hayes announced on Twitter that he will be attending Southern Miss in the fall. According to NCAA rules, Hayes will be eligible to play immediately for his final year of eligibility.

Hayes finishes his Michigan career by playing in 29 games, recording 302-rushing yards and one touchdown.

SEC coaches are going to try to put an end to Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camps

May 26, 2015 by  
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Today's edition of Harbaugh v. The SEC continues, this time at the SEC coaches meetings.

The SEC coaches meetings began today in Destin, Florida, and while it's mainly an excuse for a bunch of college football coaches to fraternize on the golf courses and beaches of the area, it's a great time for media posturing for various rule and policy changes.

What's on the mind of SEC coaches right now? Well, "SATELLITE CAMPS" was trending on Twitter, earlier.

Here's what four coaches have had to say on the issue so far today.

NICK SABAN, Alabama

JIM MCELWAIN, Florida

HUGH FREEZE, Ole Miss

BRET BIELEMA, Arkansas

You can expect the conference to come out of the sessions with some uniform front on the issue -- even though it sounds like they've already reached it.

UPDATE, 6:40pm:

And here you go:

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Broome and Henschke: How can Michigan Football catch up to its rivals?

May 26, 2015 by  
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Michigan has a lot of work to do to even things up with Michigan State and Ohio State.

On today's show, we break down where Ohio State and Michigan State rank position-wise within the Big Ten and what Michigan needs to do to level the playing field. The show wraps up briefly discussing Wolverine head coach Jim Harbaugh's recruiting strategy so far.

Blake Countess says on Instagram he’ll transfer to Auburn

May 26, 2015 by  
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According to former Michigan CB Blake Countess on Instagram, he will be transferring to Auburn for his fifth year of eligibility.

Former Michigan cornerback Blake Countess has found a new home.

According to his Instagram account, Countess says that he will transfer to Auburn for his fifth and final year of eligibility. NCAA rules state that graduate transfers are immediately eligible to play. Due to an ACL injury suffered in the season opener of his sophomore season, Countess was forced to redshirt after a promising freshman season.

Excited to attack the next chapter in my life! #WarEagle #BoomEra

A photo posted by Blake Countess (@theecount2) on

Countess announced earlier this month that he will be transferring from Michigan.

He finishes his Michigan career by playing in 38 games for the Wolverines, registering 114 total tackles, one forced fumble, 13 pass deflections and six interceptions.

Tuesday Morning Brews (5/26/15)

May 26, 2015 by  
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Lots of quarterbacks settling in to new homes.

Running Back Haiku

Trying to catch a breath -

the autumn air is stinging

like the linebackers

Hitting the Links Enjoys The Rain

Handling Packaged Run/Pass Options

This was easy to digest X's and O's from Eleven Warriors that explained how much of Oregon's offense works, and why the Buckeyes were able to stop it.

Matt Millen Leaving ESPN; Will Work For FOX, BTN

Apparently, FOX owns 51% of the Big Ten Network. Millen will also see a prominent role on Fox Sports 1 for both college and pro coverage.

What Can Kenny Hill Do For TCU?

Boykins' successor will have to prove he can calm his partying habits.

What Can Everett Golson Do For FSU?

Winston's successor has to prove he can protect the ball, and he'll be challenged to develop his game before the NFL Draft.

Analyzing Rudock's Game, Part III

MGoBlog looks under the hood of another game and starts feeling confident about our transfer quarterback.

Army-Navy Game Not Moving

There's something refreshing about this; the game itself has enough history and intrigue.

Is Tom Herman Destined For Success?

With the two blue-chip defensive tackles he was able to lure this week, Herman is certainly on a good track to turn Houston into an AAC power.

MSU Winning Recruiting Battles Against The Bluebloods

And the transformation to the dark side is complete.

Top 25 Linebackers

This is easy to digest and worth a peruse. Joshua Perry is definitely overrated, and Ed Davis is underrated. Penn State's Nyeem Wartman-White was a demon on the outside and along the boundaries last year; it will be interesting to see how his game changes to the inside, a bit like Jake Ryan.

SB Nation's Illinois Preview

Wes Lunt does have an injury problem. It's one of the bigger reasons why Illinois might regress. In high school, Lunt broke his foot his senior year, missing most of the season. At Oklahoma State, he had a dislocated knee cap and a concussion that kept him out seven games. After sitting out 2013, he sprained his MCL and broke his left leg while at Illinois, missing another five games.

SB Nation's Rutgers Preview

If I were to rank the skill positions across the Big Ten, Ohio State would undoubtedly come first, followed by Michigan State, Nebraska, and then Rutgers. And it's worth pointing out that the two offensive linemen that Rutgers returns were two of the best-looking linemen they had last year.

West Division Favorite?

Nebraska is intriguing and explosive on offense - I fully expect Tommy Armstrong to flourish under the guide of a quarterback guru who rejuvenated Eli Manning's career. At the same time, lack of proven guys on offense, an offensive line that can't go toe-to-toe with the best in the Big Ten, and a scary lack of depth at various spots on defense make this a potentially rough year for Mike Riley.

Then again, if he can pull a James Franklin and shore up his defense despite tenuous depth, then Nebraska is definitely a favorite.

Challenges Facing Charlie Strong, Texas

This is shaping up to be a rough year for both Texas and Kansas, the latter of which was crippled by Charlie Weis' penchant for grabbing absurd numbers of JUCO prospects. As strong as the Big 12 occasionally looked in 2014, it might look more top-heavy this next year.

Keith Ford Will Transfer to Texas A&M

A&M has been lacking an elite back; they haven't had a 600-yard rusher each of the last two years.

Hot Topics At SEC Spring Meetings

Satellite camps, cost of attendance for student-athletes, and transfer rules that may have kept Everett Golson out of the SEC will be some of the things up for discussion.

Mailbag: Harbaugh, West Respect & More

Bruce Feldman lays out what a successful first season for Harbaugh would be, plus who wins the OSU quarterback battle.

Urban Meyer, The Photobomber

Ohio State has worked harder than everyone else, and they've had fun at the same time. When Urban Meyer integrated himself in the Big Ten and learned his lessons from Florida, I think he was able to find something deeply valuable along the way.

2015 NCAA College Baseball Tournament Bracket Announced: U-M third seed, will play Bradley

May 25, 2015 by  
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The 2015 NCAA college baseball tournament bracket was announced on Monday with the Wolverines set to play Bradley in the Fullerton Regional.

The brackets are set and the route for the national championship is clear for the Michigan Wolverines baseball squad.

Announced Monday on ESPN, the 2015 NCAA College Baseball Tournament brackets are set and the Wolverines were named a three-seed in the tournament thanks to a lengthy run to the Big Ten Tournament championships and secured an autobid.

The Wolverines will be paired against second-seed Bradley who finished the regular season with a record of 35-19 and lost a chance for an autobid in the MVC finals over the weekend.

The game is scheduled to air at 2 p.m. EST on ESPN 3.

The rest of the bracket breaks down as follows:

Fullerton Regional match-ups:

1. CS Fullerton (34-22) vs. 4. Pepperdine (30-27) Fri, 10 ET ESPN 3

3. Clemson (32-27) vs. 2. Arizona St. (34-21) Fri, 6 ET ESPN 3


Louisville Regional match-ups:

1. Louisville (43-16) vs. 4. Morehead St. (38-20) Fri, 6 ET ESPN 3
3. Michigan (37-23) vs. 2. Bradley (35-19) Fri, 2 ET ESPN 3

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Pair of top Indiana prospects visiting on May 30

May 25, 2015 by  
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In this edition, two of Michigan's top prospects from the state of Indiana will visit this weekend, another pair of prospects narrow down their lists, a defensive tackle target commits elsewhere and Jim Harbaugh speaks on recruiting so far during his time with the Wolverines,

Michigan will be getting a visit from a pair of top prospects from the Midwest on Saturday, according to a report from Wolverine247. (FREE)

Defensive end Auston Robertson and wide receiver Austin Mack, both from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will be in Ann Arbor accompanied by their mothers, per the report. Michigan is on the outside looking in here with decision dates looming for the two players, so this could be a huge last-ditch effort to get back into the mix.

"I'm definitely looking forward to getting back up there," Robertson said. "Michigan has really been coming after me hard lately and they've made me a priority."

The Wolverines fell off a bit after the firing of Brady Hoke, but Robertson says that isn't a factor in his recruitment with the Wolverines because of the effort put forth by the new staff.

"I've been in a ton of contact lately with Coach Mattison," he said. "I don't hold the new staff responsible for things slipping before. They've done a great job in building a relationship with me in a short time. Their coaching staff is one of the best in the business and most of them have been where I want to be (the NFL)."

Both players are four-star prospects and are ranked sixth and 20th, respectively, at their positions in the class of 2016.

Two players include Michigan in their top schools

A few Michigan targets narrowed their lists of schools over the weekend.

The first was defensive tackle Chris Daniels (Euless, Texas), who released his top ten in a video released to his Twitter account.

Daniels is a four-star prospect and the 14th-ranked defensive tackle in the class, per the 247 Composite.

Another defensive lineman included Michigan in his latest cut of schools in the form of defensive end Ron Johnson (Camden, New Jersey), who cut his list down to fifteen.

Johnson is a four-star prospect and the 11th-ranked defensive end in the class, per the 247 Composite.

Jordan Elliott commits to Houston

One of the bigger surprises on the recruiting trail in recent days is how new Houston head coach Tom Herman has brought in two very high profile prospects for their 2016 class.

Last week, the Cougars received a commitment from five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver and then followed it up with a pledge from four-star Jordan Elliott at the same position on Friday.

The day before he announced his commitment, Elliott released his top ten list of schools, which included Michigan.

Harbaugh on recruiting: 'Pretty much the same'

Jim Harbaugh was on Jim Rome's radio show late last week and was asked about how different recruiting is now than when he coached in college previously.

He spoke with guests hosts Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith, saying that recruiting is "Not that different than at USD and at Stanford."

The narrative throughout the coaching search was that Harbaugh would not return to college because he did not enjoy recruiting. So far, we have seen that is not the case.

That will do it for Monday's roundup. Check back in Wednesday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.

Michigan Sports Recap: So Many Championships

May 24, 2015 by  
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A *particularly* successful week this week.

Softball

And it's on. Michigan beat Georgia 10-3, then 7-6, to sweep the Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament. And pizza was had by everybody.

Many of the usual suspects that got them here delivered timely performances, including Megan Betsa, Sierra Romero, and Haylie Wagner. This series provided a slight hint that things get harder against top competition - Betsa pitched eight innings, and gave up six runs, while the team batted .310 against Georgia's arms (for comparison, they entered the weekend batting .344).

Still, it was more than enough. There were great performances by many of Michigan's hitters, including a 4-RBI game by left-fielder Kelly Christner, a 3-4, 2-RBI night by right-fielder Kelsey Susalla, and even a solo home run by Haylie Wagner.

It's also worth pointing out that Sierra Romero, who already has the NCAA record for career grand slams, etched her name on some more of Michigan's record books.

Baseball

Well, this was a bit surprising - Michigan baseball has torn through the Big Ten tournament and ousted, well, everybody.

It's easy to look at the tournament game - a 4-3 nail-biter with Maryland - but there was timely hitting throughout and even a comeback win over #4 Illinois.

Miscellaneous

The Regents have approved the design for what will eventually be a completely re-imagined South Campus.

For those who aren't around Ann Arbor regularly, the city is always changing and growing. With worldly spectacles like Real Madrid vs. Manchester United, or the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, Ann Arbor is finding a place on the map in the sports world, even while football is down.

Rowing celebrated a great achievement this week: they will appear in the NCAA championships.

The #2 spot in the Big Ten championships provided a needed boost. And, they're already getting ready for the next challenge.

Michigan football announced a Military Appreciation Game:

Also, here's some film of new transfer Wayne Lyons.

The football team was one of fourteen programs to earn APR recognition this week. Of the fourteen teams, more than a third are in the Big Ten. Also, nine other Michigan sports earned APR honors - a record.

Dylan Larkin is moving on from Michigan hockey, to hopefully bigger and better things. We wish him well while also hoping for a good send-off in Red Berenson's final year.

Trey Burke was in the Philippines for NBA Cares, and he showed off some ups:

That's it for this week. Follow me on Twitter, and as always, Go Blue.

Michigan Baseball Wins Big Ten Championship Game, Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament

May 24, 2015 by  
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Needing to win the Big Ten Tournament to earn a bid in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan baseball completed its magical run with a 4-3 victory over Maryland in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Michigan is a bats and balls school now, it seems.

Two days after Michigan softball punched its ticket to the Women's College World Series with a sweep over Georgia in the Super Regionals, Michigan baseball punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 4-3 win over Maryland in the Big Ten Championship Game at Target Field. This is the first time that the Wolverines have won the Big Ten Tournament and will be in the NCAA Tournament since the 2008 season.

For Michigan to end its NCAA Tournament drought, the Wolverines, which were the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, needed to secure the Big Ten's auto-bid because Michigan was too far off the bubble to earn an at-large bid based on its resume. So, while Michigan had impressed with upsets against No. 21 Iowa and No. 4 Illinois -- a team that carried a 26-game winning streak into the Big Ten Tournament -- earlier this week, it all would have been for naught if they didn't take care of business against Maryland today.

Michigan's bats were kept under wraps for most of the game, but a four-run fourth inning thanks to some critical Maryland mistakes were enough to secure the win. The Wolverines put runners on the corners with no outs after a throwing error by Terrapins starting pitcher Taylor Bloom. Then, singles by Michigan's Cody Bruder and Kevin White drove in two runs with only one out on the board. The Terrapins were able to get the second out, but Maryland walked three straight batters and threw a wild pitch, which brought in two more Michigan runs, before getting out of the inning.

Michigan carried their 4-1 lead into the eighth, but that's when the Terrapins began to give Michigan a scare. With two outs, Maryland had runners on second and first base. Maryland third baseman Jose Cuas hit a rope into right field that Michigan right fielder Johnny Slater lunged at but couldn't reach. The ball went past Slater, and it seemed that Maryland would add two runs to the scoreboard with a double. However, due to a baserunning mix-up, Cuas tried to stretch his double into a triple, and a beautiful throw from Slater to the cut-off man led to Cuas being tagged out at third base before the second Terrapin baserunner could cross home plate. Thus, Michigan exited the eight inning with a 4-2 lead when Maryland should have been down by only one run with a runner on second.

Then, Michigan received an even a bigger scare in the top of the ninth inning as it tried to close out the championship win. With one out and a Maryland runner on first, the Wolverines had a chance to end it with a double play, but, after getting the force at first base, Carmen Benedetti slipped on the wet bag as he planted his foot to make the throw to second base to get the tag and the third out. The slip caused his throw to be inaccurate, so Maryland had a runner on second base with two outs. Two singles and a hit-by-pitch later, and Maryland had the bases loaded while trailing the Wolverines by only one run. But closer Jacob Cronenworth hung tough and forced Maryland's Brandon Lowe to fly out to left field for the third and Big Ten Tournament-clinching out.

And, of course, the Wolverines rushed the field to begin their jubilant celebration:

The NCAA Tournament begins this Friday, May 28th. Michigan will find out the NCAA Tournament regional in which it will participate during tomorrow's Selection Show, which will air at noon ET on ESPNU. The NCAA Tournament Regional is double elimination, with the winners of the 16 regionals advancing to the Super Regionals.

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