Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. My thanks to Rian for filling in for me recently. I have been busier than usual at work, which sometimes makes writing new installments of the Brews difficult.
As usual, there is a song referenced in this morning’s article. There are at least two clues. They may be words, phrases, or photos, and may reference lyrics, the artist, or the album. If you think you know this morning’s song, fire away down in the comments.
Let’s get to it:
Kim Barnes Arico signs contract extension. It’s no secret that women’s basketball is one of my favorite non-football programs at Michigan. Kim Barnes Arico, the head coach, has achieved a ton at Michigan in her six years here. She’s already the winningest coach in program history, she’s the only coach with six straight 20+ win seasons, and she hung the first banner in program history at Crisler. In light of all that, the University would like her to stick around for quite a while longer. She has just signed a contract extension that runs through the 2022-23 season.
Bush, Hudson, and ??? at LB for Michigan this season. Aaron McMann over at MLive says the Wolverine LB corp has two starters set—Devin Bush and Khaleke Hudson—while the weak-side spot is up for grabs. In fact, it appears to be a three-way race for the final spot. McMann quotes Defensive Coordinator Don Brown as saying that Devin Gil, Josh Ross, and Josh Uche will be competing for the starting spot in fall camp. Who ultimately wins the spot? McMann thinks it will be Devin Gil. Weigh in down in the comments with who you think will be holding down the weak-side LB spot for the Wolverines this season.
Solomon, Dwumfour likely to anchor DLine. Another position group preview from Aaron McMann, but this time with less uncertainty. McMann figures that Michael Dwumfour will hold down one tackle spot, but the question is who will start at nose tackle. There, McMann goes with wunderkind Aubrey Solomon—though Bryan Mone does bring fifth-year senior experience. Regardless of who starts at nose tackle, this will be one scary defensive line for opposing teams—again.
Good news, everyone: Larry Fedora figured out what's gonna cause the downfall of the United States https://t.co/9yCMuXzc9U— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) July 18, 2018
People have some strong opinions, that’s just a fact of life. Larry Fedora, who has been UNC’s head coach for six season, brought some of those strong opinions to ACC Media Day and some didn’t go over so well. Fedora weighed in on the state of football (he says it’s under attack), what makes the American military the best in the world (we’re a football country), and the link between football and CTE (not so much, says Fedora). For his full comments and more context around them, check out the article above. Big Ten Media days start next week, and here’s hoping they’re less eventful—at least for Michigan.
Perhaps not surprisingly after some of Fedora’s comments, Jason Kirk over at the SB Nation mothership dusted off his article from May of last year about what makes football special. In the article, Kirk argues it isn’t the violent struggle but rather the other intricacies of the game. Is he right? Read his take for yourself and weigh in down in the comments. All I ask is that folks keep it respectful.