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Thursday Morning Brews: King of limbs

Football begins spring practice next month

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Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. Down here in the Mid-Atlantic we’re digging out from a healthy slug of snow and freezing rain that has made my backyard look as though it’s at the bottom of a clear lake. To help y’all slide a little closer to the weekend, we check in with Men’s lacrosse and then have a couple longer articles this morning.

As usual, there is a song referenced in this morning’s Brews. There are at least two clues. Clues 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:

Men’s lacrosse drop double-overtime thriller. The Wolverines faced the Drexel Dragons this past weekend on the turf, and it was a barn burner. Each quarter saw no fewer than six goals scored, including two goals scored by Drexel in the final minute to tie things up, that is until the teams go to overtime. The teams went scoreless for nearly two full overtime periods until the Dragons netted the game-winner with 1:11 remaining in the second overtime. The loss drops Michigan to 1-1 on the season. They’ll be back in action on Saturday at Jacksonville.

Kim Barnes Arico’s journey from Long Island to Ann Arbor. By just about any metric, the women’s basketball program is in the best shape it has ever been. This is due in no small part to Kim Barnes Arico, whose teams have never won fewer than 20 games in a season—a claim that no other Michigan women’s basketball coach can make. However, that’s not to say that Coach Barnes Arico’s path to her current position was without some twists and turns. For the full story on how Barnes Arico got to Michigan, check out the profile above from MGoBlue.

We’re all hoping this will be the Tarik Black comeback year. When he’s been able to get on the field, Tarik Black has been electric. As Aaron McMann recently pointed out in his column at MLive, “His four-star ranking out of high school made him a sought-after receiver, one whose size and big-play ability helped get ahead of the curve as a freshman in college. At Michigan, he was destined to become a star.” Unfortunately for him and the team, that hasn’t happened largely due to injury. If he can get and stay healthy, look for Black to be emblematic of new Offensive Coordinator Josh Gattis’ emphasis on speed in space.

Maize n Brew joined others in reporting earlier this week that Steve Fisher and a number of other individuals with connections to the Michigan program at the time will be back on campus this weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michigan’s 1989 National Championship. In the lead up to this weekend, one story y’all should read is the above from Steve Kornacki on MGoBlue. Kornacki’s article provides an inside account of his time covering the team for the Detroit Free Press and recounts the Wolverines’ incredible run to the title.