I've been reading a book about the history of the Notre Dame and Michigan rivalry, which some of you may have read. It is called "Natural Enemies" by John Kryk and it is great. If you haven't read it yet, it is definitely worth checking out. It reads almost more like a history textbook than a novel like "Three & Out."
While reading, I came across one of my favorite pieces of UM history, which I have noticed a lot of fans don't know about. The fans here at MGoBlog are pretty knowledgeable, but I thought I'd make a post just in case some people didn't. You can read the relevant section at the top of page 6 here: http://books.google.com/books?id=IBzFV5QGSv0C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false.
"[I]n 1881 . . . Michigan traveled east to play the best teams anywhere--the mighty trio of Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. The Wolverines lost all three hames but the scores were respectable, especially considering the games were played within the span of a week. The Easterners, in fact, were so impressed they later invited Michigan to join the Eastern College League, but Michigan's faculty would not permit the Wolverines to join such a faraway association for mere athletics."
This was a bit before the Ivy League precursor (which would initially include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Cornell) was formed. The major takeaway is that effectively Michigan was asked to join the Ivy League and said no. The Ivy League obviously isn't an "academic conference" and we are clearly a bit better than their athletic standard. Nonetheless, it is a fun fact to have on hand.
According to Mike Farrell's twitter (http://twitter.com/rivalsmike).
Dude can't make up his mind.
Cal's DL coach Tosh Lupoi has left to go to Washington. In the last ten minutes alone, Shaq Thompson, Aziz Shittu and Jordan Payton have all tweeted that they might be looking elsewhere. I'm not sure if Michigan sits anywhere with any of these three right now, but perhaps this could lead to some doors reopening.
2013 OH CB Cameron Burrows will announce his decision this Thursday. We've offered and there may be some interest, but most believe he's all Scarlet and Gray.
I just caught these coming through my feed and both have an effect on us, so I thought perhaps they were worth discussing.
EDIT in the "OMG recruiting is like People Magazine" fashion: Allen Trieu of Scout tweeted that Michigan targets Ethan Pocic and Ty Isaac were among the MVPs at the Core 6 Showcase today. Also of note was Logan Tuley-Tillman, who showed up in a Michigan jacket less than 24 hours after visiting Urb in Columbus yesterday.
Apparently, a group of men were arrested for rectal gold smuggling. Hoke was not named as a suspect. Maybe we should all be more careful with our incrimination of Coach.
...under the Did You Knows. For anyone that has five minutes to kill and needs to be reminded about Desmond Morgan.
Do we have a mole at wikipedia or something?
It appears that Ondre has been upgraded by rivals,