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Daily Brews: Former Michigan target roasts Spartans after coaching hire

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Also, good things continue to happen for Michigan basketball

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Michigan State football recently found its head coach, ending a coaching search that was borderline embarrassing. The new coach, Mel Tucker, left Colorado three days after tweeting that he wasn’t going anywhere.

Not a good look, sure.

But then, MSU Football twitter followed Brenden Rice, the son of NFL legend Jerry Rice and one of Tucker’s commits at Colorado. He is someone Michigan fans should be familiar with — since the Wolverines recruiting him as well. His reaction was priceless.

Rice, a three-star recruit, could be a target for the Wolverines now that he appears interesting in getting out of his commitment to the Buffaloes. Chris Peterson broke that thought process down on Fansided.

Good things happening for Michigan Basketball

When the Michigan Wolverines turned the calendar to February, they were a 12-8 team that had lost four of their last five games.

Pre-season aspirations for a Big-10 title and a run in the NCAA Tournament seemed to be slipping away. But they weren’t.

Since the start of February, the team has won three of its four games. Michigan’s only loss was a three-point defeat against Ohio State. One of the victories was a solid win over Michigan State. Its latest game was a decisive victory over Northwestern.

Part of the team’s success was prompted by the return of Isaiah Livers, who missed several games for the Wolverines due to a groin injury.

Even at less than 100 percent, Livers presence on the court has made quite the difference for the Wolverines. Players and coaches from other teams have said as much as well.

“Obviously with him in there, they’re a different team,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins told the Detroit Free Press Wednesday after the Wolverines’ win over the Wildcats. ”There’s no question. it gives them another guy who can put points on the board. He can put it on the floor, he can shoot. it gives them another top-flight guy with Teske, Simpson, Brooks, what Wagner’s giving them as a freshman.

”He’s a tough matchup — his ability to pick and pop, showed some really nice athleticism in transition tonight with some dunks, gets on the glass. He’s a very good Big Ten player.”

With a healthy Livers, Michigan hopes to keeps things positive down the stretch. But the Wolverines recent success hasn’t been limited to on the court. The Wolverines have been hearing positive things on the recruiting trail as well.

Five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler recently said he had a positive experience on an official visit to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines also hope to strike gold in the recruiting process of Joshua Christopher, who has been keeping those interesting in signing him in suspense.

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