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"They 8-4 and
they've lost to some good teams. It loks like they're tough
to run on. Hopefully, they won't be too tough to hit a few
balls on, but who knows until we play?"
-- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the Gamecocks'
matchup in the Outback Bowl.
Players Doing Good:
This space is usually reserved for Michigan athletics.
But this story needed to be highlighted. Central
Michigan players recently spent a day at a local soup
kitchen, feeding people who needed help. This is the
good side of college athletics - and too often, it's the
part that gets ignored. See
the story here.
Bowl Travel: The
Wolverines are officially heading to Tampa Sunday for
the Outback Bowl. MVictors unearthed the expense bill
for Michigan's trip to the 1948 Rose Bowl - total tally:
$32,980. See the
list of expenses here.
On This Day In
Michigan Sports History: The Wolverines have
played just one football game on Dec. 21 in the history
of the program. After a disappointing 6-5 regular season
in 1984 - the worst under legendary coach Bo
Schembechler - Michigan faced undefeated BYU in the
Holiday Bowl. The Wolverines hung tough before falling,
24-17, launching the Cougars to a national title.
Ohio State Stepping Up Surveillance: Since the
Buckeyes were caught trading memorabilia for tattooes,
the athletic department has gone to pretty interesting
lengths to make sure their players are staying on the
straight and narrow, including looking over players'
For all the details, read here.
Wolverine Radio On
Demand:You can now subscribe
to the Wolverine Radio On Demand on iTunes! Just go to
the iTunes store, search "Wolverine Radio" and subscribe
for free. You can now listen to Balas, J.B., Spath and I
talk about Michigan sports on your iPod, in your car or
while working out. Technology is awesome, you guys.
85: The number of yards Denard Robinson
needs to break the all-time NCAA record for rushing yards by
a quarterback. Former West Virginia quarterback Pat White
holds the record, rushing for 4,480 yards in his career. 23-1: The Michigan basketball team's
record at home in the last two seasons. Crisler Arena has
suddenly become an unwelcoming place for opponents.
South Campus Power Rankings
1. Brady Hoke: Year Two
has not been quite as magical, but Hoke still has the
Wolverines on the right track. And a win over a Top 10
opponent from the SEC - South Carolina - will put an
optimistic stamp on the 2012 season.
4. John Beilein: The
are 12-0 for the first time since the 1996-97
season and the ninth time in program history. It's only the
second time in program history that Michigan won its first
12 games. If the Wolverines continue winning, they'll have a
chance to advance to 17-0 in Columbus, against Ohio State,
which would mark the best start in program history.
2. The Volleyball Team: You
have to give it up for the Wolverines. They battled all the
way to the Final Four and took eventual national champion
Texas all the way to the wire before falling in five sets.
Hats off to a great season.
5. Nik Stauskas: The
freshmen sharpshooter has gotten off to a hot start in his
rookie campaign. Stauskas has already claimed two Big Ten
Freshman Of The Week honors, and he is third on the team in
scoring (13.9 points per game). Stauskas is shooting an
incredible 63.6 percent from three-point range (21-of-33).
The Michigan record for single-season three-point shooting
percentage is 51.56 percent, set by Glen Rice in 1988-89.
Seniors: Denard Robinson. Jordan Kovacs. They
took two very different paths to Michigan, but they are two
of the best captains the Wolverines have seen in quite a
Andy's Two Cents
Christmastime:Michigan coach John Beilein
specifically designed the schedule to give the players a
chance to enjoy Christmas with their families. For a
team that has worked as hard as these guys have, this is
a very well-deserved break, an opportunity to get away
from basketball for a little while and come back ready
to kick off the intense Big Ten slate.
The Pressure Is On: With
fifth-year senior cornerback J.T. Floyd suspended for
the Outback Bowl, the Wolverines are going to have to
get a big performance out of sophomore Raymon Taylor and
junior Courtney Avery. Taylor has been one of the most
pleasant surprises this season, stepping in for injured
sophomore Blake Countess. Is he ready to be the No. 1
cornerback? Can Avery gear up to play a full 60 minutes?
It will be interesting to watch these two perform.