Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Article on SI about Michigan recruiting on an elite level and mentions this very site.
What is known as "manball" to many on MGoBlog is discussed on the first page of this Stewart Mandel column in SI:
I basically agree with him and I look forward (seriously) to seeing something like that here.
Prior implementations at UMich have been partially flawed (RS freshman WR inserted only on running plays, pre-snap fullback bunny hops in the direction of the run, agonizing lack of adjustments to realigned defenses where required, etc.) but there's no reason it can't be done effectively.
Nice article on Tim Hardaway Jr.
SI has a nice story in this week's issue about Tim Hardaway Jr and Glenn Robinson centered on growing up with NBA dads and their respective relationships. I checked the SI site and there isn't a link, but it's worth checking out.
Sports Illustrated released its 2012 Pre-Season Top 25 which includes a preview of each of the teams.
Notables: Alabama #1, MSU #8, Michigan #13, Nebraska #19, OSU #22
The Michigan preview is mostly about Denard, but there are some other interesting bits including a Q&A with Coach Hoke. Also, I believe Denard is going to be on the print cover this week.
Link to the Top 25
Link to Michigan Preview
Luke Winn includes Michigan among "a pool of eight teams that's guaranteed to contain the national champion." Meaningless SI fluff piece to be sure, but it's high praise even if the list also contains Wichita State and New Mexico. Luke clearly loves the Big 10, as he has both OSU and MSU in there as well.
When Brian talks about enjoying these next few weeks, I take it to mean appreciating appearing in an article like this. Even my magic 8 ball won't go out on that limb. I'm still wondering how the hell this group has become a top 10 team (likely after tonight) that's still in position for a title in the toughest conference in America. Who knows what kind of run we could make if the team really gets hot? Regardless, it's great to see M hoops back on the national radar. GO BLUE!
For those who don't want to click through...
MICHIGAN. The Wolverines are 20-7 and outside the top 10 of the polls, despite having a few big wins on their resume. Remember which team, on the same week last season, was 20-7 and just outside the top 10, despite having a few big wins on its resume? The answer is UConn. (The Eight Ball does have better reasons for picking Michigan, namely that the Wolverines have been playing solid, turnover-creating, low-fouling defense in Big Ten games, and that a late-season surge from Tim Hardaway Jr. could take their offense from good to elite.)