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  • Michigan football has added its third verbal commitment to the class of 2007. In-state athlete Ryan VanBergen committed to the Wolverines on Tuesday. Standing 6'5" and weighing 250 lbs., VanBergen has the size to play defensive end, and that is apparently what the plan is for him right now. He runs a 4.8 forty, though, and may also be considered at tight end depending upon how the rest of this recruiting class shapes up. Michigan doesn't appear to be short on scholarships this year, so the early commitment of a supposed in-state sleeper (who will likely get a three-star rating from Rivals, at least to start) isn't as alarming as it might have been a year ago. Especially if VanBergen stays at defensive end, a position at which UM has some young depth and will not be specially targeting in this class.
  • Honestly, I don't feel like there's much left to say about Michigan losing in the NIT finals. My feelings about this team and this coach are well documented. Failing to reach the NCAA Tournament was a deserved failure for this team given the listless efforts put forth against Purdue and Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament. Sadly, though, it was just more affirmation of Michigan's status as a third-tier basketball program at best. And now, the results are starting to show...
  • TheWolverine.com is reporting that Alex Legion, the presumptive class-of-'07 savior of Michigan basketball, has reopened his recruitment. Legion will be transfering from Detroit Country Day to Oak Hill Academy in the fall, and it was thought for some time that the change in high school might encourage a change in college destination. UCLA, Kansas, Villanova, and UConn are said to be among Legion's suitors. Legion is regarded as the best basketball player in the state of Michigan, regardless of grade, and as one of the top 15 juniors in the country. If Legion does not matriculate in Ann Arbor, he will become part of an unsettling trend: Tommy Amaker has recently lost top in-state recruits Joe Crawford and Al Horford after both had offered verbal commitments to the Wolverines.
  • For a guy who follows college basketball professionally, Andy Katz sure doesn't seem to know much about it sometimes. Peep his early top 25 for next season. Notice anything completely absurd around, say, #25?
  • Finally, enjoy a(nother) good laugh if you can ($ub. req.). This is an article from an LSU fan site about Les Miles's spring practice. Sayeth TigerBait.com: "Miles, who has a never-ending desire to let out as little information as possible about his football team, could not have gone through a less publicized 15 workouts." Sound like any other programs that you know of? Oh, and remind me where Miles went to college?
Back tonight with answers to the roundtable questions. Tomorrow, I'll post a roundup.