I came across this article about Dean Cook -- a Michigan events staffmember who died recently at 58 years old. I never spoke with him, but I saw him at basketball games over the years. This was a nice tribute, with shout outs from Caris LeVert, Beilein, Tom Wywrot, Matt Shepard, the Mlive & Daily guys among others. He sounds like he was a great, behind-the-scenes part of the Michigan family.
Cazzie Russell is an assistant coach for Armstrong State - the team that Michigan plays tonight in an exhibition game in "The House that Cazzie Built". Great story in MLive about Cazzie's road back to Crisler and the reaction of his players when they learn who their coach really is.
SIAP, haven't seen this here yet, but I was in the Nike factory outlet store in Grand Rapids tonight and they're already selling the new Maize Rage shirt. It appears the MDen is now carrying it too.
Jealous that I'm a decade removed from jumping around in the Rage in this.
As the title states, SI released their D1 men's basketball rankings. Seem to see our defense improving (actually ranking it better than MSUat about mid 60s in the nation) and finishing the season 4th in the B1G and as a 6th seed
I understand if the Moms need to remove this post, because it is NBA related and this is football season. However, Ray Allen (who announced his retirement today) has always struck me as a winner, one of those professional athletes who would be a solid role model for kids. Plus, the Players Tribune is awesome and this is a great read.
Synopsis: Work hard, don't care about what other people think, stay focused!