ANN ARBOR -- The 2014 Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank in partnership with University of Michigan Athletics will be held at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. The men's lacrosse team will host Fairfield in the "Battle at the Big House" immediately after the spring game, with action tentatively slated to start at 4:30 p.m.
Both events are free to the public, and Michigan Athletics and U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital have teamed up once again to raise funds for the hospital.
The gates to the Big House will open at 11 a.m., as events will surround the football team's final spring practice. The sixth annual alumni flag football game is scheduled to begin at noon, while Team 135 is set to take the field at approximately 1:30 p.m. The Big Ten Network will televise the annual spring game/practice starting at 2 p.m. In addition, the football scrimmage will be broadcast WWJ-AM 950. [ Radio Affiliates ]
Since 2010, the Spring Game has raised more than $1 million for U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Individuals making donations in the following amounts will receive the following prizes while supplies last:
- $5 -- Spring Game Jersey patch + pair of hothands handwarmers
- $10 -- Mott-branded 24-oz acrylic tumbler
- $25-- "Hail to the Little Victors" winter hat
- $40 -- "Hail to the Little Victors" stadium sweatshirt blanket
- $250-- Coach Hoke signed football
- $500-- Coach Hoke signed football + 4 preseason scrimmage passes
- $1,500-- Watch the game from a suite** in the Big House (Opportunity for 2 people, game options pending. Limited number of opportunities)
- $2,500 -- Be a "Michigan Man" for 2 days in June (Join us for the Michigan Men's Football Experience -- extremely limited amount)
* while supplies last; online donations are not eligible for donation prizes
** NCAA Compliance rules apply
Can't attend the 2014 Spring Game? Donate now at mottchildren.org/spring-game.
Following is a list of everything fans need to know about the annual spring game and activities:
Parking: The lots around Michigan Stadium owned and operated by the University of Michigan will be free and open to the public; however, availability in these lots is extremely limited. Pioneer High School will be charging $20 for cars and $80 for RVs on Saturday.
Gates, Restrooms and Concessions: The Michigan Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m., one hour prior to the alumni game. All available restrooms on the lower concourse and main concourse will be open, and concessions will be available at several locations throughout the stadium.
Victors Classic: Former U-M football players will be split into the maize and blue teams and will match wits in the sixth annual alumni flag football game starting at noon. More than 100 former football players from five decades are scheduled to participate.
Kick for Cash: The athletic department will randomly select one fan to attempt field goals with the chance to win a PNC gift card up to $300. The fan will have the opportunity to kick from three different spots -- the goal line, 10- or 20-yard lines -- with varying prizes for each of the three distances.
Big Ten Network Broadcast: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), former Wolverine defensive back Marcus Ray (analyst) and Lisa Byington (field reporter) will broadcast Michigan's spring scrimmage, which will air live at 2 p.m. on Big Ten Network. The network will feature in-game and post-scrimmage interviews with head coach Brady Hoke, assistant coaches and players.
Radio Broadcasts: The Michigan Radio Network will broadcast for two hours during the spring football scrimmage. Jim Brandstatter and Doug Karsch will call the action from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on WWJ-AM 950. For a full list of affiliates carrying the spring game, please visit MGoBlue.com.
Golf Course Sidewalk Sale: The U-M Golf Course will have its annual sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday in the clubhouse. The new 2014 merchandise has arrived and last season's selection is up to 40 percent off. All shoppers will be entered into a drawing for a FREE twosome of golf.
Michigan Football Highlights and Interviews: The athletic department's online football recap show will have a complete highlight package and interviews with head coach Brady Hoke and players available on MGoBlue.com following the conclusion of the final practice.
Adam Schefter reports that Desean Jackson agrees to a 3 year, 24 million dollar contract with the Washington Redskins.
The link below is to an MLive article about Will Hagerup and what he has been doing to get himself back on track. It sounds promising and I hope he succeeds.He even spent time working in a steel factory and said he's learned to appreciate what he has.
I thought an important part of the article was the support he has from the entire athletic department. After his suspension, he had to go through weekly meetings with Brady Hoke, Dave Brandon and of course Greg Harden. He said all of these meetings including with Dave Brandon continue to this day. Some of the meetings with Brandon last 3 hours. This is a tremendous committment to turn one young man's life around.
I don't agree with everything Brandon does. You have to give him credit here. I think few people would expect the athletic direcor to take that much time out of his week for one player.
As I said before, I hope Will has learned his lesson and uses these tremendous resources he has to his advantage.
This is not an April Fool's joke. UIW is a school which has been playing football since '07. No, not 1907...2007. I think Baylor will be attempting to be the first team to score >100 in the past however many decades.
For those curious UIW plays in a stadium of 6000... in Texas. There are HS stadiums in Texas that seat 30K+.
Not sure what Baylor is doing if it wants to be a legitimate playoff contender, when strength of schedule is supposedly going to be a key component.
The University of the Incarnate Word announced Monday that it has scheduled a 2019 game against the Bears in Waco. The game will be played Aug. 31 in McLane Stadium, which is currently under construction. UIW founded its football program in 2007 and played at the Div. II level before moving up to the FCS in 2013.
Between 2014 and 2019, Baylor has just two non-conference games scheduled against programs from the five power conferences: a home-and-home with Duke in 2017 and 2018.
Canteen is practicing with the starters on the inside and the outside, mainly reps with Devin Gardner.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 1, 2014
Freddy Canteen believes he's the fastest player on the team, believes he'll be a real playmaker this season right away— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 1, 2014
It looks like Canteen has a real shot to run with the ones this fall. Especially after reading this news:
Canteen says he 'always' felt he'd be able to compete at this level. Very confident kid.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 1, 2014
Drake Harris says he's probably going to sit out the rest of spring with his hamstring injury— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 1, 2014
Desmond Howard reached a settlement with the photographer of his Heisman Trophy pose after his punt return TD against Ohio State. The photographer will transfer the copyright over to Howard in exchange for a cut of the financial benefits from its future use. The photographer's lawsuit against the other defendants for the photo's unauthorized use still remains. Good for Desmond.