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Preview Time: Maize n Brew continues its look at Michigan’s defense with a breakdown of the secondary. Bottom line: Restrained optimism, which seems fair. Meanwhile Magnus has another in his ongoing “Getting to Know [Incoming Freshman]” and “2011 Countdown” series with a Chris Rock (YTCR) profile and previews of several players expected to see spot backup and special teams duty including Brandon Moore, Kelvin Grady, J.B . Fitzgerald, and Richard Ash.
Honorifics: With Desmond Howard’s induction to the College Football Hall of Fame, there has been much talk about how best to honor Michigan’s growing number of special players who arguably deserve official recognition of some sort.
Building on Brian’s Ring of Honor idea, Ace Anbender of The Wolverine Blog makes the case for a 12-man Michigan Ring of Honor comprised of Willie Heston, Benny Friedman, Bennie Oosterbaan, Tom Harmon, Francis Wistert, Albert Wistert, Alvin Wistert, Bob Chappuis, Dan Dierdorf, Anthony Carter, Desmond Howard, and Charles Woodson.
The Hoover Street Rag’s Craig Barker gets in on the act with his take: Retire #21 and #2 but give Howard and Woodson the option of allowing these numbers to continue to be used; go with the Ring of Honor and place it in the future south concourse; commission statues of Michigan's legendary coaches (Yost, Crisler, Oosterbaan, Schembechler, and Carr).
Pyramidically Speaking, These Coaches are Screwed:Sunday was a bad day to be one of a number of current or former football coaches who invested in GLC Enterprises at the behest of ex-UGA head coach Jim Donnan. Using his connections in the coaching fraternity, Donnan attracted investments from several high-profile figures including Barry Switzer, Frank Beamer, Dennis Franchione, and Tommy Tuberville. The problem according to the documents filed in federal court: GLC was operating a Ponzi scheme, bringing millions of dollars of investments in so that fraudulent returns could be paid to the investors.
More troubling are the basketball coaches who invested with David Salinas, an investment adviser who was the founder of a prominent Houston-area summer basketball program. The subject of an SEC investigation, Salinas was found dead Sunday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
"A lot of coaches got (expletive)," said one college coach who spoke to CBSSports.com on the condition of anonymity. "It's bad."
Former Arizona coach Lute Olson, Baylor coach Scott Drew, Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie and former Utah coach and current Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti are among those CBSSports.com has confirmed invested with Salinas. A document obtained late Sunday by CBSSports.com has testimonals from other coaches who invested with Salinas -- specifically Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Willis Wilson, former Houston and Nevada coach Pat Foster, former Duquesne coach and current United States Merchant Marine Academy coach Danny Nee and Augustana College coach Grey Giovanine.
"But the list is much longer," a source said. "Lots of coaches had money with him, but they're going to try to deny it and just hope it doesn't come out." The reason some might be concerned about their financial connection to Salinas is because it's unclear how the NCAA would view college coaches investing money with the founder of a summer basketball program that supplied recruits to several universities over the years.
Yeah, that could be a problem.
Devin Gardner Can Recruit: Women's basketball, that is. Inkster alumnus Gardner's efforts may have been the deciding factor for Inkster 2012 prospect Kelsey Mitchell according to her dad, Ollie Mitchell.
Mitchell, who will be one of the top returning girls basketball players in the state this winter, chose to commit to Michigan after a conversation with her friend Gardner, who played his prep football at Inkster. "She talked with Devin and after he explained to her what Michigan was about, it made her choice a lot easier. We just felt like this was the best choice for her and the family. Michigan is Michigan. She's going to get a great education."
Stu-palooza: MGoBlue.com catches up with our favorite backup/starting 1, backup/starting 2, while Stu gets a 3 part treatement at isportsweb.com. See part 1, part 2and part 3. "The House that Stu and Zach built"? Hyperbole much? Still, there's a nice anecdote about what Coach K said to Stu after the tournament loss, some insight into Stu's seeming difficulty in consistently hitting his spot up threes (see the blockquote) and Stu's takes on many of his teammates and LaVall Jordan:
“It was funny, Coach K, I saw him in the hallway and he stopped me after the Duke game in the tournament and he said, you guys are probably the closest team I’ve seen,” Douglass explained. “He could just tell that from playing against us. As far as college teams go, I think we’re as close as it gets.”
“It’s always perplexed me, it’s tough because with Darius coming off the ball screen a lot of my job was to be in the corner and be ready to shoot. It’s tough for me to kind of sit there and create a shot, create energy out of just sitting there. I was a Reggie Miller fan; he was my favorite player growing up. So I worked on all the time throwing the ball out and faking a cut like somebody was guarding me. Even when I was in second and third grade I’ve always been shooting off the move, that’s all I did in high school, coming off screens. It’s more of a mental thing; thinking about it is the worst thing.”
Get Your Vote On: Vote for your favorite Michigan athletics photos of the year in MGoBlue.com's Year In Photos tournament. There are Blue, Maize, Heroes (available July 20) and Victors (available July 21) brackets to attend to, so get busy.
The MGoBlue.com Summer Sessions series featuring interviews of Michigan's various coaches is well worth your time. Give these a view:
• Head Men's Golf Coach Chris Whitten (July 18)
• Head Women's Golf Coach Cheryl Stacy (July 18)
• Head Rowing Coach Mark Rothstein (July 15)
• Head Women's Swimming Coach Jim Richardson (July 14)
• Head Volleyball Coach Mark Rosen (July 13)
• Head Men's Soccer Coach Steve Burns (July 12)
• Head Women's Cross Country Coach Mike McGuire (July 11)
• Head Men's Cross Country Coach Alex Gibby (July 11)
• Head Women's Soccer Coach Greg Ryan (July 8)
• Head Men's Tennis Coach Bruce Berque (July 7)
• Head Men's Track & Field Coach Fred LaPlante (July 6)
• Head Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson (July 5)
• Head Men's Swimming & Diving Coach Mike Bottom (July 1)