"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Per Ondre Pipkins, who I just spoke with, and his Twitter, Jordan Diamond is "100% not coming to Michigan".
EDIT: "his twitter" being Pipkins, not Diamond, just to be clear.
EDIT2: I am just going on what Ondre told me. I have no first hand sources with Diamond so I am only reporting what Ondre has said.
Bill Connelly, of Football Outsiders and SB Nation, has put together preliminary 2012 season rankings of every team. They incorporate last year's ratings, how many starters are returning, and recruiting rankings to guess how other gaps will be filled.
The F+ rankings last year were pretty kind to Michigan overall, rating the team 12th overall. Because of a high number of projected returning starters (16), and a solid recruiting haul the last two years, that ranking is up to 8th.
Unfortunately, Alabama remains #1 with a button.
Other Michigan opponents:
Air Force: 112th
Notre Dame: 12th
Obviously this is all subject to change, and much too early, but an interesting first look at how things look from a purely statistical point of view.
In an interview with Jennifer Hammond, Zack Novak had only three words to say about the matchup with Sparty on Sunday, "It's go time". Also, I consider Zack Novak saying something as awesome as "It's go time" as worthy of its own thread.
And as we all know, there ain't no time, like go time.