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"I am very
excited to have this opportunity to coach at the University
of Michigan for at least five more years ... My staff and I
will continue to work every day with our student-athletes to
ensure they grow from this incredible educational
opportunity. At the same time, competing for Big Ten
championships will be the goal every year."
-- Michigan basketball coach John Beilein on his contract
extension through 2018-19.
News and Views
Tannehill?: Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner
turned some heads at the Manning Passing Academy this
week. NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks left the camp
impressed, comparing Gardner to former Texas A&M
quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who similarly switched from
wide receiver to starting quarterback. "After watching
him perform in workouts, I believe that fascination will
grouw based on his spectacular talents as a passer,"
Brooks wrote about Gardner. "He displayed superior arm
strength in drills, showing the kind of zip and velocity
to rival big-armed NFL passes like Cam Newton and Colin
Kaepernick And he demonstrated outstanding accuracy and
ball placement." Read
the rest of the article here.
Gearing Up: Next
week, the preseason officially kicks off with Big Ten
Media Days in Chicago, July 24-25. The conference's 12
coaches will be in attendance, along with Big Ten
commissioner Jim Delany and team leaders from every
squad. The Michigan contingent of players in attendance
will consist of Gardner, offensive tackle Taylor Lewan
and fifth-year senior safety Thomas Gordon.
TheWolverine.com will be on hand to provide all the news
from the event. Check
here to see the other teams' player lineups.
On This Day In
Michigan Sports History: On July 19, 2007, the
University of Michigan Board Of Regents approved designs
for a new indoor football facility - which eventually
became the Al Glick Fieldhouse, the Wolverines'
beautiful practice home on South State Street.
Wolverine Radio On
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talk about Michigan sports on your iPod, in your car or
while working out. Technology is awesome, you guys.
42: Days until Michigan football
kicks off the 2013 season with a home game vs. Central
Michigan. College football is just around the corner. 54.1: With the loss of Burke, Tim
Hardaway, Jr. and the senior class, the Wolverines are
returning 54.1 percent of their scoring next season.
South Campus Power Rankings
1. Brady Hoke: In a little
over a month, Hoke will kick off his third season as
Michigan's coach - and almost everyone is predicting a
Wolverines-Buckeyes rematch in the Big Ten Championship
Game. Will Hoke bring hom his first conference championship?
4. Taylor Lewan: Lewan's
decision to return to Ann Arbor for his fifth-year senior
season was met with some criticism by national pundits. But
now, with the football season just around the corner, Lewan
is receiving national praise. Lewan is a consensus preseason
All-American, according to the national preview magazines. Lindy's
magazine ranks Lewan as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the
entire country and considers him the Big Ten's best pass
2. John Beilein: After
taking the Wolverines all the way to the NCAA Tournament
National Championship Game, Beilein is riding high. Beilein
just extended his contract through the 2018-19 season and
earned a raise to over $2 million a year. The future looks
5. The Michigan men's
swimming and diving team: The Wolverines scorched
through the 2012-13 season, dominating teams all year and
finishing the year with a national title. Now, several
members of the team - including coach Mike Bottom - are
gearing up for a fun summer. Two swimmers, Connor Jaeger and
Sean Ryan, and two former swimmers, Tyler Clary and Charlie
Houchin, will compete in the FINA World Championships in
Barcelona, Spain. Bottom will be on the Team USA coaching
LaVall Jordan: During
my time at the Adidas Invitational last weekend, I
talked to a ton of Michigan prospects - in the 2014,
2015 and 2016 classes. Michigan assistant coach LaVall
Jordan was on hand, seeing all of them in person. When
I spoke with the recruits, nearly all of them talked
about their great relationships with Jordan. The fact
that Michigan is keeping him after his brief
flirtation with the Butler head coaching job is huge.
He's a huge part of the Wolverines' recent success,
and they're going to continue to benefit from having
UConn Game: I
really like how the schedule sets up this season,
especially considering Michigan is going to have a young
interior offensive line and a couple question marks at
various play-making positions. Kicking off the year
against Central Michigan - as opposed to, say, Alabama -
is big. And having the first away game of the year at
UConn is great. The Huskies have big concerns,
especially at quarterback, and if if the Wolverines get
off to a slow start in an away environment, they will
have the opportunity to bounce back. Michigan hasn't
been terrific on the road the last two years - 4-5 in
true road games - so this game could be a
confidence-builder, heading into the Big Ten slate.