At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
@umichfootball Tweet (5:23am ET):
Spring football scrimmage and lacrosse game will proceed as scheduled at Michigan Stadium ... check MGoBlue.com for full release.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) April 14, 2012
I just realized I don't know how to embed a tweet on the board. Anyone?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite earlier weather reports, the University of Michigan Athletic Department has decided to proceed with plans to host the 2012 Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank and the "Battle at the Big House" men's lacrosse game at Michigan Stadium today (Saturday, April 14). The football scrimmage and lacrosse game are free to the public, but the University has teamed with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in a fundraiser for the new hospital.
"The reports have improved overnight and we felt that it was appropriate to prepare for the football and lacrosse games at Michigan Stadium," said Rob Rademacher, associate athletic director for facilities and operations.
Fans are asked to use caution because of the weather reports. Michigan will proceed with the originally scheduled plan at Michigan Stadium, but if lightning or thunder comes within six miles of the stadium, the spring game will be cancelled immediately for the safety of the fans and players. The regular-season lacrosse game will follow NCAA rules when it pertains to weather delays.
The gates to Michigan Stadium will open at 9 a.m. The fourth annual alumni flag football game will start with introductions at 10 a.m. Following the conclusion of the alumni game, Team 133 will take the field for warm-ups at approximately 11:30 a.m. The final spring practice and scrimmage will begin at noon and will be broadcast nationally by the Big Ten Network. Immediately following the conclusion of the Mott Spring Game, the Michigan and Ohio State men's lacrosse teams will begin warm-ups. The "Battle at the Big House" is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
Check the weather and mgoblue.com before you head out to the Big House tomorrow...
There is a chance that the game will be canceled tomorrow due to the weather. In the event that happens, we will move the scrimmage to the Glick Field House. The game will not be open to the public, but players' immediate families will be permitted in Glick. We understand that almost every family has extra guests coming to the game, but we will only be able to accommodate immediate family.
Please come to the side doors of Oosterbaan Field House (by the softball field) if the game is canceled at the Stadium, and checkMGoBlue.com beginning at 6AM for information on cancellation.
See you soon!
Inclement Weather Expected Saturday for Mott Spring Game
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department has been following the weather map and conditions that are expected for Saturday (April 14) during the Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank and the "Battle at the Big House" men's lacrosse game against Ohio State. The radar shows a 60-percent chance of thunderstorms.
"We are concerned about the weather conditions that are expected in Ann Arbor at the time of our scrimmage and lacrosse game," said Rob Rademacher, U-M's associate athletic director for facilities and operations. "We will cancel the events at the stadium if the safety of our fans, players and staff is compromised by the weather. Cancellation is a possibility given the reports we have received from local weathermen and from radar."
The athletic department will make a final decision on whether or not to cancel the events held at Michigan Stadium around 6 a.m. on Saturday.
If weather causes cancellation, the football team will hold its final spring practice indoors at Al Glick Field House. The scrimmage will not be open to the public because of space limitations but will still be broadcast on Big Ten Network.
The men's lacrosse game between Michigan and Ohio State will be played at Michigan Stadium or move indoors to Oosterbaan Field House adjacent to Schembechler Hall. The game is free to the general public and will be played at 2:30 p.m.
Fans should check MGoBlue.com for updates on Saturday's Mott Spring Game and the "Battle at the Big House." Listen to AM 1050 WTKA, WWJ and 97.1 FM The Ticket for updates on whether or not the events will take place on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
I just thought this article could spark some good debate on which schools produce the best quarterbacks (or most NFL talent - however you want to word it), and specifically where Michigan should fall in that debate.
Steve Megargee, the writer of this article, makes the claim that USC is currently the top producer of NFL quarterbacks (Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel, and Matt Leinart). Michigan, Purdue, Boston College among others are also briefly discussed as candidates.
Personally, it's hard to argue against Megargee. However, I wouldn't be shocked to see Michigan coined as "Quarterback U" in another 8 years. We have some talented quarterbacks on the roster currently, and the future obviously looks bright (Hello: Shane Morris).
Just as a side note, Rivals is putting out an article every day for the next week or two for each position, and this is the first in the series.
A little history of the Spring game-
Last 10 Spring Games
2001 White 28 Blue 21
2002 White 27 Blue 17
2003 Cancelled Due to FieldTurf installation
2004 Blue 24 White 20
2005 Blue 34 White 18
2006 Blue 30 White 26
2007 White 42 Blue 41
2008 White 23 Blue 19 Invite-only held at Saline HS
2009 White 73 Blue 32
2010 Blue 49 Maize 37
2011 Blue 14 Maize 7
The Blue team leads the all-time series against Maize (formerly White) 27-26. They took the series lead back last season. Maize/White has won 3 out of the last 5, but Blue has won the past two.
The teams will be organized like last season. 1st team offense & 2nd team defense (Maize) vs 2nd team offense & 1st team defense (Blue).
My prediction: Blue 17 Maize 14. There will be one defensive touchdown.
Hope to see the receivers do well because that is a huge question mark heading into this season. Also want the DL to get some "sacks" (when you touch the QB, the play ends).
Your predictions/hope to see do well?
The roster has been released for the Victor's Classic Alumni Flag Football Game on Saturady.
Seeing a series of tweets on this from Helmholdt, TomVH and Laquon himself about his Oklahoma visit being cancelled due to tornado. There seems to be a possibility that he'll be heading to Ann Arbor for the UM spring game.