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Fans Guide to the 2015 Spring Football Game Presented by PNC Bank
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The 2015 Spring Football Game presented by PNC Bank will be held at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, April 4, at noon EDT. The spring game is free and open to the public.
The gates to the Big House will open at 10 a.m., as events will surround the football team's final spring practice. The Big Ten Network will televise the annual spring game starting at 12 p.m. In addition, the football game will be broadcast on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit.
The typical prohibited items list applies for the spring game and all activities at Michigan Stadium.
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 starting at 7 a.m.; however, availability in these lots is extremely limited. Pioneer High School will be charging $20 for cars and $50 for RVs on Saturday.
ADA Parking: A limited number of parking spots for guests with mobility impairments will be available (free of charge) in the parking area east of the William Davidson Player Development Center and can be accessed off of Stadium Blvd. A State-Issued Disability Parking Placard will be required in order to gain admittance into this area of the parking lot and it will open at7 a.m.
Gates, Restrooms and Concessions: The Michigan Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m. Most restrooms will be open and concessions will be available at several locations throughout the stadium. Please see the nearest Michigan Stadium Event Team Member for assistance on game day.
MDen Stores: The MDen stores located inside Michigan Stadium will be open for fans to purchase official Michigan merchandise. The stores are located in the north end zone, the south end zone just inside Gate 4 and the southwest corner inside Crisler Center.
Beneficiaries: Beginning in 2015, the Michigan Spring Game will be leveraged to raise both awareness and donations for the Trail to the Victors Big House 5K Race Beneficiaries. The 2015 race beneficiaries include Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Ann Arbor YMCA, Dance Marathon, 826 Michigan, Project Healthy Schools and Special Olympics of Michigan. The beneficiaries will be located on the south stadium concourse between Gates 2 and 4 during the Spring Game to share information about their respective organizations. There are several ways you can show your support for these local organizations. Please visit http://www.mgoblue.com/bighouse5k/ to volunteer for race day, make a donation or register to run!
Radio Broadcast: The Michigan/IMG Sports Network will broadcast the 2015 spring football game held at Michigan Stadium. Jim Brandstatter, Dan Dierdorf and Doug Karsch will be on-hand to provide play-by-play, analysis and reports on the Wolverines. The broadcast can be heard on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. In addition, fans can listen online at MGoBlue.com. Coverage will begin at 11:45 a.m. and end at approximately 2:45 p.m.
The spring game will be broadcast on the following radio affiliates: Alma (WFYC 1280 AM), Ann Arbor (WTKA 1050 AM), Detroit (WXYT 97.1 FM), Grand Rapids (WOOD 1300 AM), Muskegon (WOOD 106.9 FM) and Toledo (WLQR 106.5 FM). The game will also be broadcast on Sirius XM Radio -- channels 93 (Sirius) and 195 (XM).
Big Ten Network Broadcast: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), former Wolverine defensive back Marcus Ray (analyst) and Sue Ann Robak (field reporter) will broadcast Michigan's spring game live on the Big Ten Network (BTN). The network will come on the air at noon and run until the completion of the scrimmage at 2:30 p.m.
Michigan Football Highlights and Interviews: The athletic department will have a complete highlight package and interviews with head coach Jim Harbaugh and players available on MGoBlue.com following the conclusion of the spring game.
PNC Bank 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 -- a 10-, 20- or 30-yard kick -- with varying prizes for each of the three distances.
Towsley Museum: The Towsley Football Museum located inside Schembechler Hall will be open to fans from 9 a.m. to noon. The museum chronicles the history and passion of Michigan football.
Golf Course Sidewalk Sale: Be sure to stop by the University of Michigan Golf Course before or after the Spring Game on April 4 for the spring sidewalk sale. Running 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., everything in the shop will be at least 15% off with some items up to 40% off. In addition, a large selection of hats will be available for only $5! This is your chance to get your hands on brand new gear at great prices.
August 13, 2014
Opening Statement ... "It's been a really busy summer. We have been able to do a lot of things, but it's been busy. Now we're ready to get on the plane on Friday and head overseas and continue the growth that this team is really going to need all year long. I think things have been productive. We have been delayed by several injuries that have kept us from having a big enough group, so thank goodness LaVall Jordan is still in pretty good shape and can go with us. We're plowing through things and trying to give the players as much info as we can and as much conditioning as we can without overloading them. I expect us to go over there and play our best, but we could be overmatched in some games, just in experience and size, but it will be good for us."
On his excitement about the trip ... "We get to do this every four years and this will be my fifth trip, with different teams. I'm always excited to see what the game conditions look like, who performs in games and this also gives us something to come back and grow with as a team."
On injuries the team has suffered over the summer ... "The one we probably planned on the least was D.J. Wilson. Right from the beginning, his injury to his right pinkie kept him from doing almost everything. We've found that he can shuffle really well without anyone guarding him. That's been difficult because we were trying to experiment with him at a couple of positions but we never could do it. We were very hopeful that Max Bielfeldt could play when he's over there (Italy), but he's not going to be able to play. He's still not moving in the way we want him to move. Austin Hatch is continuing to do rehab; he's in some drills and he probably will play in some games over there, but he's not as ready as we hope he will be later on."
On the health of Caris LeVert ... "Caris started playing last week, but he's not himself yet. As you can imagine, he was pretty much dormant for 16 weeks and so you'll see some of those flashes today. It's just a matter of him getting back in game shape."
On his early observations of Kameron Chatman ... "His basketball IQ has been outstanding. He's picked up some of our concepts and some of our actions as quick as anybody we've ever had. He's been very productive as far as his talk and his knowledge of the game. We're still trying to find out the sweet spots of his game and (teach him) when it's time to make a play and be a player."
On the importance of this trip to helping the team find its identity ... "I think it's very important. We made this trip four years ago and I would imagine if we did a poll, we would have been picked to finish 11th out of 11 teams the last time we did this trip. We came back, after getting it handed to us a little bit, a better team and that team went on to make the NCAA Tournament. I don't know where this team measures to that team. There are some similarities, with how many young kids are playing. On and off the court, there are so many things going on that are important to us."
On the summer program for the freshmen ... "It's been a great adjustment for them. The summer program for our freshmen is very demanding and they have finished it. That's been a big part of growing. Now, they've been around the players. I think there are two more projects that are due, but now that the schoolwork is mostly done, I'm really looking forward to them playing over there (Italy) without the academic workload on their back."
On some of the players who will push for playing time on the trip ... "I think you have to look at the guys who played the most right away last year. In the backcourt, you have Derrick, Caris and Spike, so those three are going to play, and Muhammad is vying for time there as well. Zak has been playing both sides of the floor, Kam has been playing one side of the floor, and then our two big guys Ricky and Mark have been sharing that workload. I like what we've seen from Aubrey Dawkins; he shoots the ball well and he's athletic. There are some things like Hardaway and like Glenn in his game, but there's a lot of refinement to do. He will play a lot over there (Italy); probably the left side more, where Nik (Stauskas) and Tim (Hardaway) have played before. It's natural, with Kam being a lefty, for him to play on the right side."
On Derrick Walton Jr. having a bigger role on and off the floor ... "It's the same speech I gave Nik last year. With Nik, Mitch, Glenn, Jon, Jordan all gone there are a lot more minutes and a lot more shots out there and there's a lot more defense to be played. It's all right there in front of them. Guys have to be more aggressive. Derrick has been much more aggressive. I don't know if Zak can shoot it any better than he did; he made a three for every nine minutes that he played last year (in league play), so we expect similar type of shot selection from him. He's shooting the ball really well right now as well. As far as vocal leadership, it has to fall on the oldest players and Spike and Caris and Max have to be a big part of that. Those guys know almost nothing but Elite Eight and Final Four appearances, but they know the intangibles it took to get to that point."
On what Zak Irvin has added to his game ... "You'll see at practice, Zak is taking the ball to the basket better, he's rebounding more -- he did not rebound last year, and he's becoming a defensive stopper. He has some ability to do that. I don't think he's proven that in games yet, but most freshmen don't."
On Zak Irvin's preparedness this year for a bigger role as compared to his freshman year ... "Zak had a good freshman year. For him to come in and average five or six points a game as a freshman, with that team and that returning talent (was great). Now it's the next step. He'll be in at the end of games, he's going to have to make big foul shots, all natural things that come with that."
On when Caris will return to full form ... "He just needs repetition right now. He was not able to do a lot of work during that time, so he needs to just get his legs back to an endurance area where he can go longer. We're going to need a lot of minutes from him. Right now he needs to rep out shooting, shooting, scoring, shooting, defending, etc. All he needs is time right now, but this certainly helps. As you watch him out there right now, he's trying to find his spots and he's done very well in some practices, while at other times you can see the layoff."
On Caris keeping his weight on with all the down time ... "I think he looks good right now, he's not a guy that naturally puts on weight with ease. Zak, Ricky and Mark have done that much more easily (than Caris). I think he's wiry-strong; he may be one of our best rebounders right now from the standpoint of he'll just in go and get it. He's usually been back on defense and that's been a thought, maybe he should be crashing the boards as an off guard and somebody else should be back."
On the difference between having all these freshmen enter a traditional camp vs. entering camp with the Italy experience ... "What we're trying to do right now is just throw things at them. We talked about switching patterns and some different double-teams that we might be forced into doing because of their age. We're throwing the whole game at them, so when we come back in September they'll have a whole different understanding. When they watch film, they'll understand why they have to come out with high hands, or why they have to be in a stance. It's just this test before the test. It's a practice test, almost, for our practices in the future. They will understand how important these things we do in practice to their success."
On what questions he hopes to have answered during the trip ... "I have a lot of questions and they'll be answered over time. We have three or possibly four young men who'll be playing in the post that have had very limited post opportunities, or post touches. How much can we throw it in to them? How much can we play off of them? We're still working in all those areas. Our post defense -- Jordan Morgan was so good at that -- and now we have to replace all that, so that's one of the bigger areas. We are experienced in areas all around the perimeter; we have no experience, except for Max a little bit, but no genuine game experience in any type of big man position."
On his personal relationship with Austin Hatch ... "It's been extremely rewarding thus far, watching him. He has not been in all the action yet, but he is working his tail off to get his motor skills back up and do all the things that he used to do so easily. Being a part of this thing is an incredible blessing to all of us, with what he's doing for the team right now. Our relationship is pretty close. Between he and I and Jeff, who was big in the early recruiting process, and his family, we're very close with everybody. We're all in this together to help him really live his dream, playing in the Michigan basketball program and getting a degree from the University of Michigan."
More on Austin Hatch ... "The unfortunate circumstances of his last plane accident led me to be in situations where I saw him come out of his coma, and I've seen a progression that others may not appreciate. It's amazing what he's done so far, so there's genuine care, going both ways. I know he is very appreciative of this opportunity he has."
On the importance of Spike Albrecht and Derrick Walton's experience in the backcourt ... "They're going to be out there a lot. They're two of our cagey veterans. They were out there in every game last year, they've played in big games. In the Elite Eight game, we called Zak's number for maybe the first time all year and he just knocks down a three as soon as he comes off the bench. He has to have some great qualities to do that, and you can see Derrick continues to grow all year long. We're depending on them."
On Max Bielfeldt's status as a senior ... "That's my prerogative, when someone goes into their fifth year. We thought it was best right now that he complete his degree and graduate in four years, and that gives him an option to do something like Blake McLimans did that fifth year, so it's one that the head coach can exercise and we thought it was a good thing and he understands it."
On Zak Irvin's growth this summer ... "He's over on the left side of the floor and he's going to have a lot of opportunities to either pass or score and he's embracing that. He's worked really hard. I like the way he looks right now. Because he didn't get an incredible amount of time as a freshman and we had so many good players, now being that go-to guy again is going to be a big question. Between Caris and him and Derrick, those are the natural veterans who have been go-to guys in the past on their high school teams but never at the University of Michigan."
On Derrick Walton's growth this summer ... "He's another youngster; he just turned 20 and he really understands his role is so important on this team, and that he does have to score more, and we're asking him to do that. At the same time, he's got to do that in a fashion that's helpful to the team, he's got to keep the other guys involved."
On keeping his staff intact from a season ago ... "These guys love coaching here. We have a great staff and I encouraged them, and told them that if they were interested in other opportunities elsewhere, I would certainly assist them. But they're interested in making the Michigan basketball program the best program that it can be. If they were out applying for other jobs every other week and something opened up, you would have seen. There was nothing, they liked Michigan and they're trying to all grow so that when they do get their opportunity they're going to be ready."
On filling C.J. Lee's position ... "We're in the process of it. In the last month we've talked with several people at different times. The position is very important, program personnel, because we have to make sure we have someone that can identify with these young men."
On Mark Donnal and Ricky Doyle ... "Neither one is afraid of physical contact, that's what has really been impressive so far. I see them banging with each other legally inside; they don't back off that at all. I love the idea that they are embracing that. Both of them can shoot the ball, and we haven't had our big men shoot a lot from the outside in the past. We expect them to see 15-footers, which really opens the floor up for us."
On using all of the available scholarships ... "In today's age of transfers and guys going pro, you have to look at it differently. There was a time in my career where I would have 10 or 11 guys, then save a couple (of scholarships). Then you'd be down if guys were going pro, so we're trying to use all our scholarships when we think it makes sense, so we're looking forward to getting back in September and rolling with this team, continuing to recruit to our needs and the people who fit the Michigan program."
Here's a play-by-play of today's B1G AD Golf Challenge. Thanks.
July 24, 2012
Dave Brandon vs. Mark Hollis
•1. Both tee shots down the middle, both Brandon and Hollis 3-putted
from 15 feet
•2. Brandon great second shot from behind tree to green, Hollis great
up and down from behind green to win hole
•3. Both players bogeyed the third hole
•4. Brandon won the hole after getting up and down from the front of green
•5. Both players made par on the fifth, keeping the match all-square
•6. Brandon won the sixth as his 4-foot birdie putt was conceded
•7. Brandon was in the trees on the seventh, while Hollis made par
•8. Brandon hit his tee shot to within four feet to make birdie on the
hole and retaining 1-up lead
•9. Hollis hit an excellent bunker shot to 6 feet to win hole
•10. Hollis two-putted from 15 feet for par to win the hole
•11. Brandon made an eight-foot putt for bogey to halve hole
•12. Brandon hit his tee shot to 10 feet, Hollis conceded the par.
•13. Both players bogey the 13th hole.
•14. Match remained all square as both players bogeyed the hole.
•15. Brandon hit his 115-yard shot to 10 feet but missed the par putt
•16. Brandon hit his shot out of the bunker to 7 feet and made putt for par.
•17. Hollis hit his approach to 15 feet and had 2 putts for par to
square the match.
•18. Hollis drove it to right and hit his second shot into the water.
Brandon drove left in the trees, chipped out, hit his chip over the
green and missed a 3 foot putt as Hollis won the match.
Chris Whitten vs. Casey Lubahn
•1. Whitten wins the first hole as his putt was conceded by Lubahn
•2. Whitten got up and down from fringe to save par to keep a 1-up lead.
•3. Both players bogeyed the par-5
•4. Lubahn made a 4-foot birdie putt to square the match.
•5. Lubahn's chip went into tap-in range to take a 1-up lead.
•6. Lubahn went 2-up by making a 10-foot birdie putt
•7. Both players parred the seventh hole
•8. Whitten got up and down to save par
•9. Lubahn got up and down to save par
•10. Whitten sunk a 5-foot birdie putt to square the match
•11. Lubahn wins the hole with a 12-foot birdie putt
•12. Whitten's 3 foot birdie putt was conceded, giving him the win.
•13. Whitten won the hole as Lubahn's tee shot went out-of-bounds
•14. Whitten hit his tee shot to a foot for the birdie.
•15. Lubahn parred the hole while Whitten bogeyed, cutting Whitten's
lead to 1-up
•16. Whitten drove it in the fairway bunker and made 5, tying the match
•17. Both players made pars on the par-4
•18. Whitten's sand save on 18 sent the match to extra holes
• 19. Whitten missed a 2 foot putt on first playoff hole to extend match
• 20. Lubahn makes a 12 foot birdie putt to win match
Cheryl Stacy vs. Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll
•1. Both players bogey the first hole.
•2. Both missed green with Stacy 3-putting and Slobodnik-Stoll 2-putting
•3. Slobodnik hit her approach to within a foot, tapping in for birdie
•4. Stoll was in the bunker and made bogey with Stacy winning the hole
with a 2-putt par
•5. Stoll made a 2-putt for bogey for the win
•6. Stacy made birdie by holing out her shot from 100 yards.
•7. Stoll made a 4-foot putt for birdie.
•8. Stacy 2 putted and Stoll 3 putted to halve hole
•9. Both players bogeyed the hole
•10. Both players 2 putted for a par
•11. Both players 2 putted for par
•12. Stoll's 1 foot par putt conceded
•13. Stoll went 4-up after her par on 13
•14. Stacy's par beat Stoll's bogey on the par 3
•15. Stacy got up and down for par for the win.
•16. Both parred the hole, Stoll wins
Andy Matthews vs. Ryan Brehm
•1. Brehm birdied the first hole for an early 1-up lead.
•2. Brehm hit a 340-yard drive, chipped on from behind tree and saved par
•3. Matthews made a 20-foot par putt to halve
•4. Matthews scrambled from the rough for par
•5. Matthews chipped to 6 inches, Brehm missed 30-foot birdie putt by 2 inches
•6. Brehm drove pin high in the rough, up and down for birdie
•7. Matthews 10 foot putt for par
•8. Matthews makes an 8 foot birdie putt
•9. Matthews chipped to 2 feet to win hole
•10. Brehm made a 10-foot birdie putt
•11. Brehm made a 4 foot birdie putt
•12. Matthews made an 8 foot par putt to win
•13. Both players parred the hole.
•14. Matthews missed 4 foot par putt, giving Brehm a 2-up lead.
•15. Andy made a 15 foot putt for par
•16. Brehm missed 35 footer for birdie by two inches, wins match
Matt Thompson vs. Jack Newman
•1. Thompson takes an early 1-up lead with a birdie
•2. Thompson got in trouble off the tee and made bogey
•3. Both players parred the par-5 third
•4. Thompson made a 20-footer to halve the hole
•5. Thompson hit green and two putted, Newman missed green and did not
get up and down
•6. Newman nearly holed out from front bunker, won hole
•7. Both players parred the par-4
•8. Newman hit a 2 1/2 feet putt for birdie
•9. Thompson made a 2 foot par putt
•10. Both players parred the uphill par 4
•11. Thompson hit his 3rd shot to a foot, made par
•12. Great tee shot for Thompson, two putted from 25 feet
•13. Both players parred the 13th
•14. Both players parred the par-3 14th
•15. Thompson makes a 25 foot birdie putt for a 3-up lead
•16. Newman missed a 5 footer to extend match
Elaine Crosby vs. Natalie Brehm
•1. Brehm 2-putted off the fringe for birdie
•2. Brehm 2-putt from par after hitting the green in regulation
•3. Crosby conceded hole to Brehm for a 3-up lead
•4. Brehm up and down for par to win hole
•5. Crosby made a 16-foot putt for birdie
•6. Brehm 2 putted from the fringe for par
•7. Brehm 2 putted for par
•8. Brehm got up and down, Crosby three putted
•9. Crosby 2 putted for par
•10. Crosby 2 putt par for third straight win
•11. Brehm parred 11 to earn a win
•12. Brehm hooked ball off tee
•13. Both players halved the 13th with bogeys
•14. Both missed green and neither got up and down
•15. Both bogeyed, giving Brehm the win
Ashley Bauer vs. Sara Brown
•1. Brown 2-putt for par, Bauer 3 putt for par
•2. Ashley 10-foot putt for birdie for the win
•3. Brown eagled the third hole
•4. Brown 2 putt for par for the win
•5. Both get up and down for par
•6. Both bogeyed, failing to get up and down
•7. Bauer makes 6 foot putt to win hole
•8. Bauer almost holes it on the tee shot, wins hole with birdie
•9. Both players bogeyed the ninth
•10. Bauer 15 foot 2 putt
•11. Brown holes six foot birdie putt
•12. Sand save for Bauer
•13. Bauer made 5 foot par putt
•14. Bauer to 5 feet made birdie
•15. Ashley made 4 foot par to win the match
Frank Beckmann vs. Jim Miller
•1. Beckmann sand save to within inches to save par
•2. Miller conceded hole
•3. Beckmann won the hole with a double bogey
•4. Miller great approach shot only to lose hole
•5. Beckmann pars the fifth to win hole
•6. Beckmann great shot through trees to within 6 feet, going 6-up
•7. Miller hit nice 125-yard shot to win hole
•8. Beckmann nice shot out of bunker to win hole
•9. Both players made an 8.
•10. Both players hit green in regulation and par hole.
•11. Miller lipped out a short putt for five
•12. Both players make 5 on the par 3
•13. Frank had 300 yard drive to make par, close out match
Thad Polk vs. Trey Rogers
•1. Rogers pars the first hole to take a 1-up lead
•2. Polk 20 foot par putt to tie match
•3. Polk conceded hole
•4. Polk hit a 3-foot par putt to win
•5. Polk made a 2 foot putt to win hole
•6. Both had conceded putts with bogeys
•7. Both made short putts for par
•8. Both made par putts within 8 feet
•9. Polk 40 foot birdie putt to win hole
•10. Both made short par putts
•11. Rogers made short putt for 5 to win hole
•12. Both made sand saves for par
•13. Hole halved in pars, match abandoned
Michigan Athletics Announces Ticket Prices for 2012 Football Season
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Friday (March 30) the ticket pricing levels for the 2012 football season. The six-game home slate will cost $390 per ticket.
“We appreciate the contribution our fans make to our football program and Michigan Athletics through their commitment every Saturday at the Big House,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “The financial support we receive from our fans provides us with critical resources we need to create outstanding academic and athletic experiences for our student-athletes across all of our 29 sports. Our fans passion for Michigan Football is unparalleled.”
Individual game tickets will be priced at $75 per ticket for games against Air Force (Sept. 8), Massachusetts (Sept. 15), Illinois (Oct. 13), Northwestern (Nov. 10) and Iowa (Nov. 17). The Michigan State game on Oct. 20 has been designated as a premium game and individual tickets for that contest will be priced at $95 per seat.
This is the second straight year that Michigan has moderately increased season ticket prices after keeping prices constant for the seven years prior to the 2011 season.
The athletic department will also offer ticket packs to accommodate fan interest in partial season ticket packages. Ticket packs and individual game tickets will go on sale in July.
Season ticket renewal packages will be available in early April.
Beilein getting in on that Hoke swag
THE MODERATOR: Coach, an opening statement.
COACH BEILEIN: It's hard to believe that it's been already five years to have the privilege of coaching at Michigan. We love practicing with this team right now.
We have an incredible team-first attitude that's been very healthy so far. And now we're a couple of weeks away from the start of the season. So we love the young men on our team.
The most difficult thing will be replacing Darius Morris and all the intangibles that we had last year as a team that was really playing with a chip on their shoulder. So we're working hard at that. And I like the progress so far.
THE MODERATOR: Questions?
Q. How close to the start of the season do you think you'll choose a starter for the point guard position to replace Darius Morris?
COACH BEILEIN: You know, we have a scrimmage coming up. We have an exhibition game coming up. That will be a big part of it. And then every practice there's an opportunity for me to evaluate.
So I would think about that, the three or four days before our first game with Ferris State on a Friday night, we'll probably choose that just the week of that game.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about the improvements to Crisler Arena, what that's meant both in terms of recruiting and just the players you have right now and also the play itself on the court, I think (Michigan women’s head) coach Kevin Borseth talked about the painting of the roof, making it seem a little brighter in there?
COACH BEILEIN: Yes, there's been two things going on. First of all, the Chrisler improvements are striking. There's just -- you just walk into it, you feel like it's a brand new arena.
And it had aged quite a bit. It's a wonderful building for Michigan basketball for a long time. But Cazzie Russell being inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame, that's the last time it was probably updated was when they built it.
So it's been really nice for our kids. I think they feel good about themselves when they're out there. The other thing, with our player development center, our practice facility, is all but completed. It's two weeks away. We've actually moved into the offices. That's going to lead into so much more efficiency how we operate every day.
So it's a very -- it's a good environment right now to grow as a basketball program.
Q. How do you think (Tim) Hardaway (Jr.) is going to react to defenses really keying in on him this season as him being the focal point of the Michigan offense?
COACH BEILEIN: You know, we had an early answer on that the other day. We just had a scrimmage where he was so unselfish he had seven assists and no turnovers in a scrimmage.
And just he sees the open people almost sometimes to a fault, where if they're putting extra men on him or guarding him a certain way, this is a team-first guy now.
So he's been really -- he's fairly comfortable in that. I think obviously he's still young. He's 19 years old. He's still young. His body is developing. But, still, he's going to have a lot of bumps in the road, because you have to guard him.
But he realized that's part of the journey himself to reach his goals of being a great Michigan basketball player and then playing afterwards.
Q. Two years ago there were more expectations in the program with Manny Harris and additional players coming back, how is this year different than those expectations and how that season turned out?
COACH BEILEIN: I think that one of the things that happened in that season was injury to Manny Harris earlier in that season. The expectations were very high, but Manny never really got to 100 percent, we felt, the entire year.
And we were probably more dependent on he and DeShawn (Sims) and the rest of the pieces were not complete yet. I think that we can -- if those two did not have a good game, we had a very difficult chance of winning.
This team, I think, has where the talent, those two are extremely talented players, this team may have a few more pieces, and I think we have a great team chemistry on the team as well, that hopefully a lot of intangibles going into winning. We hope we possess as many as you would need.
Q. Where does Trey (Burke) rank among the other freshmen in the Big Ten as far as being able to play right away, with (Indiana’s Cody) Zeller and those other big-time freshmen?
COACH BEILEIN: I have no idea about the other freshmen. I just look at my team -- you have to look at the rotation and how many veterans they have coming back. He's walked into a great situation with Darius Morris leaving, as far as him personally.
At the same time, there's a lot that goes on from going from a high school guard to a college guard. So after two weeks of practice, he's shown a lot of moxie, some great poise. And yesterday, the other day, in particular, a lot of toughness.
Those are three things you'd like to have a freshman have. Usually that takes a few years for them to accumulate some of those traits. He showed last week some really positive things in those areas that are beyond his ability to make a jump shot or make a play.
And so we're hopeful he'll continue that trend.
[Ed: MGoWife got this in the inbox and forwarded it along to me for obvious reasons. A good cause and a good way to get your recipes in the lore of Michigan tailgating.]
Hi, everyone --
Just received this email from Alpha House, which helps the homeless in Washtenaw County, and thought some of you might like to submit recipes to them.
" ... we would love to include you in a tailgate project to raise money to support Alpha House, a local shelter for homeless children and families in Washtenaw County (www.alphahouse-ihn.org). Over the next three weeks we will be collecting your favorite tailgate recipes, memories, and photos to be published in a cookbook celebrating the long tradition of Michigan tailgating.
Please consider sharing your favorite recipes, the history of your tailgate and/or any tailgate photos. Any and all recipes from appetizers to bbq to dessert are welcome and desired. We will compile the recipes, stories, and photos into a beautiful (and delicious) tribute to UM tailgating. If you would like to share with us please email recipes (you can use the attached
form or another format that works for you), pictures and/or tailgate remembrances to Helen Starman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kelly Pearson (email@example.com). If you have any questions at all please feel free to email or call Helen or Kelly (734.822.0220).
A shelter in East Lansing very similar to Alpha House has had a lot of success with a similar project the last two football seasons. We of course expect to show them who reigns supreme in all football matters in the state of Michigan.
Intern, IHN @ Alpha House
MSW Candidate, 2012
University of Michigan School of Social Work