"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in his final year of eligibility, hold at least a 3.2 grade-point average and "have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship."
"That was one of those plays that was real contact courage," Harbaugh said of Chesson’s block. "He just went and made a real, hearty block. I was happy to see that. Darboh is doing the same thing, and Ways is doing the same thing at a higher level than most receivers you’re ever going to find."
"The Wildcats' endzone might as well be the moon; sure it is possible to go there, and it's been done in the past, but opposing teams are wondering if they have the manpower and the short-sleeved white button-down shirts to engineer a way there and how are they going to convince the government to give them the resources to try in this economy."
Basketball of note tonight. Michigan is a heavy underdog against UCLA tonight at Madison Square Garden, but this will be the first opportunity to see Michigan's 2008-09 team against a credible opponent and should at the very least provide an indication of how improved they are this year.
Previews are bountiful. UM Hoops has your pregame:
This is a big game whether it is a measuring stick, statement game, or whatever else. On paper this is a game UCLA is supposed to win, but it’s against the one elite team that Beilein has consistently fared well against.
Given our recent history against John Beilein, I think this game will be a toss-up against a much improved Wolverines team, which will be fired up and ready to go all out to make a national statement in Beilein’s second year in what at least in my book is the marquee All Sports school in the Big-10 (in essence UCLA’s twin brother from the Midwest).
I think you'll see UCLA crush Michigan inside on both ends of the floor and it'll be up to M's outside shooting to keep the game close. I'd be happy with 1-1. Michigan will take on either Duke or Southern Illinois in the second game.
9:30 ESPN2; Duke-SIU tips at 7.
About face. Larry Lage, the AP writer who highlighted the "get a life" thing, might be attempting to make nice with a long piece on Rodriguez's struggles. Rick Leach pops up again with encouragement:
“I loved it when we hired him and I love it more now after spending time with him and getting to know him pretty well,” Leach said. “There have been a ton of players who have been through this program and they all have the right to an opinion about him, but personally, I’m proud he’s our coach.
“It’s painful for a lot of people to see Michigan lose like this, but the wins and losses go on his record and so you can multiple the pain he feels. Nobody has taken more of a brunt for this year than coach, but this wasn’t going to be an easy job for anybody.”
West Virginia, man. Questions abound. Is this man drunk? Is he allowed out of the house? What's with the glasses. And… Cyndi Lauper?
if you look at his eyes while hes attempting to form word like things, it looks as though he might be reading, which would indicate that he does know how to read. Though...upon further deliberation I have come to the conclusion that he got kicked in the head by his mule.
I hope RR and most the team got to see that, preferably live. I would have prefered Knight's commentary but Vickee Dee was okay too given the kind of tilt. If lightning strikes (not once but twice), we might start getting top 25 buzz.
Lady Wolverines looked good on BTN but lost.
Here comes the sun.
I hope don't press means press right away! --Homer, 2003 A.D.