Fall camp has begun. Football is near. Hallelujah.
Michigan's 5 hottest position battles as it opens 2012 football camp - AnnArbor.com looks at the big storylines that will need to be answered in fall camp, from the battle at left guard to the search for a competent return game.
Closing out the 2013 class - Tremendous asks some of the Michigan blogosphere's finest recruiting gurus how they think the 2013 class will close now that there are two scholarships remaining and only a few real options to fill those spots.
Ten offensive linemen recruits to watch for 2014 - Maize and Blue News continues its rundown of players to watch in the 2014 class, this time discussion offensive linemen.
"You have to adjust to Michigan's tradition and Michigan's stance," he said in an interview earlier this summer. "For instance, we're not going to have a billboard of Denard in New York for the Heisman campaign. That's not Michigan. It's all about the team. You remember what they did at Oregon years ago with Joey Harrington? We're not going to do that. "As a marketer would that be fun? Absolutely. But you have to do it in the context of what Michigan represents."
Michigan, marketing, and the "wow" factor.
Air Force removes five key football players from team - This came down late last week, but it is worth passing on. The potential upset bid by Air Force in game two just got a little harder to pull off now that a team that was already lacking returning starters just lost five more player.
Michigan basketball once appeared almost disinterested in attracting the best players or investing in success. Despite the school’s brand-name appeal and rich regional talent base, the Wolverines went 10 years, from 1999 to 2008, without an NCAA Tournament appearance. Crisler seemed as obsolete as a peach basket. Now, Michigan’s facilities are up to date. The program is flush with talent. It has the potential to compete at the top of the Big Ten and with the strongest programs nationally.
The rebirth of Michigan basketball under John Beilein and the advancement of the program's infrastructure into the 21st century.
Horford and Morgan are obviously different players with different body types, but a lot of the same verbiage applies for both. Both have room to improve offensively, and by that I don't mean that either can become a regular double digit scorer. Rather, for players like these two, it's important to develop a niche, something that Beilein and the primary scorers can trust in every once in a while. Not unlike hockey, where you have "core" guys and then "secondary" scoring to supplement that top shelf talent, Morgan is without a doubt a secondary scorer. This is admittedly a minor quibble, since what I'm talking about is a short jumper or post move that would be used maybe two or three times a game, if that.
Holdin' the Rope continues the excellent individual season preview, this time with Jon Horford.
Oklahoma-bound Justin Brown brings Penn State exodus to nine, and counting - Penn State football : players :: sinking ship : rats.