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Sports Recap: Big Ten Champs, 26-2, & More

It was a tough week in some ways - but we beat all our rivals while women's gymnastics won the Big Ten championships.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Whoever replaced Brady Hoke, it could be argued that their very first task was to bring together a fanbase that had started to fracture over the past seven years. The arguments about Rich Rodriguez, 'youth,' Al Borges, Devin Gardner, and headsets were culling less and less, and fans were struggling to find a place to put their anger.

Thankfully, that's started to change. Jim Harbaugh was a Michigan Man and an elite coach, and he set the groundwork for a resurgent football team. He has also flooded spring practice with speakers, both from outside the Michigan tradition and within. This week was no exception.

Along with the return of the Michigan family, the new coaching staff has emphasized putting energy into the right things and forgetting about the hype.

John U. Bacon wrote a piece about Harbaugh in the Wall Street Journal, detailing his first few months on the job:

Scout also wrote a piece about spring practice, which saw Mason Cole take reps at center in the absense of the #1 and #2 options at the start of spring ball.

This article details how the move is made in large part because of the line's growing depth, something I detailed as critical for its success this year. Cole on the inside and Tuley-Tillman on the outside gives Michigan a better front for the run, and protects the line from stunts and interior pass rushers like Ohio State's Adolphus Washington.


Luckily, it was a strong week for the softball team - to the tune of back-to-back 13-1 wins over the team in Columbus.

Hutchins will look for her 1,400th career win today in Columbus.


Baseball opened up conference play with a thud, falling 14-3 to Nebraska. The day after, they dropped another, 5-1. The Wolverines are now 11-10, but they play their first home game Tuesday at the Wilpon Complex.

Hockey made a great surge into the hockey Big Ten Championship Game, but dropped a very painful loss to Minnesota. Their season is now over.

Men's lacrosse also dropped a game to Drexel...

...and the women came back against Marquette.

In some more positive news, the women's gymnastics team, which has been one of the top teams in the country all year, played in the Big Ten Championships yesterday in Crisler Center and won.

Congratulations, ladies. Well done.

Michigan golf, meanwhile, practiced Under the Lights. They would finish 7th in Arizona.

Michigan's wrestling team competed in the NCAAs, and ended up 11th. You Know Who won the whole thing, beating out Iowa after the two tied for the Big Ten crown a week earlier. This was OSU's first ever championship in wrestling.

It may be the off-season, but the volleyball team hit the court to raise money for good causes in the Grand Rapids Volleyball Showcase. They also beat Michigan State, 3-0.

That's it for this week. Follow me on Twitter, and Go Blue.