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On February 10th, Michigan players took part in the Clay Miller Networking Event, where former players from around the country came to Michigan and connected with current players. It's part of a greater emphasis on developing student-athletes for life after football and forging opportunities and careers.
DT Willie Henry at the annual U-M Football/Clay Miller Networking Event. pic.twitter.com/ekJQ2ZDVz9— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 10, 2015
A huge thank you to all former players who traveled to AA to speak with the team at tonight's networking event. pic.twitter.com/3c4Yly3A3b— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 10, 2015
Jehu Chesson opened up to MGoBlue.com about what that experience was like.
The one that stood out in my mind was the general management table, where I was able to talk to CEOs about what goes into their decision-making process on a day-to-day basis. A lot of the same principles they use to make big decisions are principles I have learned here at Michigan. What I took away was that whether you are a CEO, an employee, a player or a coach, the team always comes first when making a decision. It doesn't make any decision easier or harder, but these CEOs, just like our coaches, put the team or organization (the needs of the customers) first when making key decisions. We play the ultimate team game here with football, but once you leave and enter the real world, it is also a team game inside a successful organization.
Players do a lot of growing up during college, and life after football is something that can get lost in the hectic routines and daily grind. This event helps a lot.
Speaking of daily grind, here's a moment from Jay Harbaugh's day:
Adam Rittenberg had a couple interesting notes about the influx of money to Big Ten coffers.
Previous B1G bowl revenue shares per school … 2012: $2.26 million. 2013: $2.75 million. 2014 (estimate, not finalized): $4.6 million.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 12, 2015
Big Ten bowl revenue per school for 2015 estimated at $6.6 million.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 12, 2015
He also had a not-so-fun fact about OSU.
Knew it was a lot, but Ohio State set or tied 74 records (NCAA, B1G, team) during championship season … http://t.co/iGWUKRsoVo— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 12, 2015
The full list is available in the link, but they include J.T. Barrett's 45 touchdowns and 7 freshman of the week honors, Devin Smith's double-take-inducing 28.2 yards per catch, 45 first downs against Cincinnati, and the most touchdowns, first downs, and yards an Ohio State offense has ever gotten.
And speaking of the team in Columbus, the players celebrated their morning on Friday the 13th with S&C coach Mickey Marotti. It's a Buckeye tradition to unleash a "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" workout, which remains mysterious in what actually happens, but which got the players fairly destroyed.
Just got massacred Valentine's Day style— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) February 13, 2015
The realist workout I have ever done in my life...still can't walk straight #ValentineMassacre— Jashon Cornell (@JayRock_9) February 13, 2015
You know it's a real workout when an hour and 15 mins has passed and you still can't see straight.... #Gains— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) February 13, 2015
Nothing like a solid workout to wake you up for your morning exam! #WinterSwollstice— JP Newton (@JP_Newton33) February 13, 2015
Walking out of the Valentine's Day massacre like.... pic.twitter.com/q0ONlwOnYb— Billy Price (@b_price54) February 13, 2015
valentines day massacre got me taking the bus from morrison to the union— Nick Tensing (@Mercedes_Tenz) February 13, 2015
We made it dog @Meech_Dream14— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_74) February 13, 2015
It's common for championship teams to suffer a letdown the following year, but it doesn't seem like that will be happening with the Buckeyes.
Finally, Michigan's players celebrated their Valentine's Day by meeting and greeting with little kids.
Working on the fundamentals! pic.twitter.com/28pPeOq6Dq— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 14, 2015
@ShaneMorris_7 Thanks for making my son Ryan feel so special at the U Meet the Athlete event. Best of luck to you next season.— marcy meinke (@mgomeinke) February 14, 2015
This season hasn't been what anyone hoped, but Thursday's game against the Illini provided a couple highlights:
The women's team, meanwhile, started out the year 13-6, but they're on a 1-5 skid of late, having dropped three games to ranked Big Ten foes, then a nail biter to Ohio State, and last night a heartbreaker on Valentine's Day.
U-M misses its final four free throws as Northwestern comes away with a 63-62 win #goblue— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) February 14, 2015
The men's lacrosse season is underway, and they're now 2-0.
Ian King with his 6th goal of the game setting a new program record for the Wolverines! Now 15-6 Michigan #GoBlue— UM Men's Lacrosse (@umichlacrosse) February 15, 2015
Also, baseball kicked off last night. They lost 7-2 to Long Beach State University.
First pitch! pic.twitter.com/dpQHAt7An5— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) February 14, 2015
Michigan softball kicked off its season this past week in Florida. They are now 7-1 after sweeping a double-header from #6 Florida State.
And they weren't the only Wolverines in action during some good weather.
Michigan beat Michigan State this past week in gymnastics:
And finally, here's a good quote from Michigan's legendary Red Berenson, whose hockey team just dropped a pair of games to Minnesota in a match between the two winningest college programs.