I did not make this headline up
Spring football. For the average joe fan, it's the final drop of Michigan Athletics they'll taste until the Fall now that Basketball season ended earlier than we would have liked and Hockey.....sigh, don't get me started.
Spring football culminates in the annual spring game (or in last year's case, the Spring Stretchy and Punting Exhibition).
But it always wasn't like that. For many, many years Michigan played a Blue-White game every single season up until Lloyd Carr first starting messing with it in 2000 when one of the squads were spotted a 17-0 lead to begin the game...
Being the insane statistics and numbers fan that I am, I have been doing a lot of research using the Google Newspaper archives to look the history of the Michigan Spring Game.
While the Google News archives are not complete by any stretch since there are many, many years and months missing from the Michigan Daily archives, I found a pretty decent chunck of information. Not just from the Daily, but the Toledo Blade and other newspapers from around the state of Michigan that covered Michigan Football at the time.The building of this list of spring game scores will only continue until it's 100% complete. I am already planning several trips to Bentley Library to research spring game info in addition to information on several other sports in my quest to build a SuperGuide for all Varsity sports at Michigan.
The only other instance that I know of a school documenting their spring game history is Nebraska, who has scores going back to 1950.
Confirmed spring game dates and scores throughout history
|Date||Winning Team||Losing Team||Score||Source|
|1991||Cancelled due to field conditions||Source|
|1996||Cancelled due to field conditions||Source|
|4/17/1999||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/13/2002||No Score Kept (Private Practice)||Source|
|2003||Cancelled due to field conditions||Source|
|4/10/2004||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/16/2005||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/10/2006||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/12/2008||No Score Kept (Held at Saline HS)||Source|
|4/11/2009||No Score Kept||*|
|4/13/2013||No Score Kept||*|
|4/5/2014||No Score Kept||*|
Italics- Yes, score was displayed on the scoreboards. It was artificial and in no way an actual game.
*These weren't that long ago so do I really need to source this? I was there.
Who's got it better than us?
Just experienced 1of the high points in my life: Speaking w/ Michigan grad & legend James Earl Jones. Doesn't get any better! Just doesn't!— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) March 27, 2015
247Sports did a comparison of 2015 #1 recruit DT Trent Thompson who committed to Georgia and 2016 current #1 DT Rashan Gary who will hopefully be a Michigan commit.
JC Shurburtt who did the comparison said while he considered it a tossup, he would give a slight edge to Thompson. He also said that shows how good Gary will be given that he has another year to improve.
We need to land this guy.
Angelique Chengelis put up an article this a.m. confirming that Jack Miller left the program due to burnout and to pursue other interests. We saw this explanation from Miller earlier this week, but ESPN posted a conflicting story saying that fear of concussions was the driving factor.
The main takeaway, for me at least, is that Angelique is about 20x more reliable than ESPN. the other takeaway is that it's very easy to pull for Miller here - he seems like an honest guy who has a level of self-awareness that's pretty impressive at his age. As in the earlier story, there's not a trace of bitterness in his words.
"Concussions were really not a factor in this decision. I know it makes for a good headline. ... The story has blown up into this whole thing, because there's not a lot going on in college football right now"
Not official offical but official (wink wink) per Zordich via Mlive. (not sure if we have done a hello on front page for him already - I don't recall one but if so if so kill the topic mods)
I did a diary on Lyons if you are unfamiliar with his background; I would basically classify him as a taller Ray Taylor. Playing in the Big 10 should be a lot easier on the fella when you compare and contrast the level of QBs in the 2 leagues.
Also Zordich says Countess, Lewis and Stribling are the current top 3 corners. No surprises.
One of the worst-kept secrets around Michigan's football program for months now has been the eventual addition of Stanford graduate transfer corner Wayne Lyons.
On Thursday, new Michigan defensive backs/cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich basically confirmed the move, explaining that Lyons was on campus over the weekend, and the team's excited to bring him in during fall camp.
"Wayne was here over the weekend, we spent some time with him and I've watched a lot of film on him," Zordich said. "I think he's the right kind of body, a bigger body, he's a lot like Channing (Stribling). A lot of length.
"Our (cornerbacks room) has been told that there is going to be three (new) guys coming into the secondary," Zordich says. "We've got a transfer from Stanford coming in, a true freshman (in Keith Washington) and a (freshman) safety who likes to play corner in Tyree Kinnel.