Mike Babcock confirms that the rumors of him replacing Red upon his retirement were a misunderstood joke.
Sometimes Babcock has fun with the rumor and speculation. There has been a persistent whisper that he will take over for legendary coach Red Berenson at the University of Michigan. He has joked to reporters that if the Wings don’t want him next season, he’ll be Berenson’s assistant so he can stay close to his daughter.
“That’s just me entertaining myself,” Babcock said. “I don’t know who started those rumors, and now I keep them going. There’s nothing to it – zero to it.”