The Friday Brews are upon us. Quick housekeeping note, as we will be changing the name from “Morning Brews” to “Daily Brews” moving forward. Let’s close out the week, shall we?
Warde Manuel says Notre Dame could be night game
We already know that Michigan will play a night game to open the season against Middle Tennessee State, but with their loaded home schedule, some have wondered if another night game in Ann Arbor is on the table. We know it will not be Ohio State, which is and should be set at noon for the rest of time, but Notre Dame and Michigan State still feel like possibilities.
According to Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel in a podcast with Angelique Chengelis, Notre Dame would be the choice of the two where things stand currently.
“If I was going to guess I would guess (Notre Dame),” Manuel said. “We can have one more or we can have none. …If I got a vote we wouldn’t have any.”
Apparently MSU is not even on the table right now, which is 100 percent the right move. We will have to wait and see what the scheduling overlords decide.
Patterson lawyer sides with Harbaugh in Hudson case
The Jim Harbaugh and Luke Fickell saga is probably over, but one more argument has been through into the mix by Thomas Mars, who has been the college transfer lawyer of the stars recently and handled the Shea Patterson ordeal. He believes that there was not really anything Harbaugh could have done to get James Hudson eligible sooner for the Bearcats, much to the chagrin of Fickell.
“Finding the exceptions to the year-in-residence requirement and the specific requirements for each requires one to begin with the 440-page (NCAA) DI Manual, which has a table of contents that might as well be labeled, ‘Don’t Start Here,’ ’’ Mars said via text message to the Detroit News, via Angelique Chengelis. “Then, if you’re fortunate enough to find what you’re looking for, which often refers you to another bylaw with exceptions to the exception, you have to go to the Legislative updates that have been published since the annual DI Manual went online and search through those to see if anything has changed, which is usually the case.
“With that in mind, it’s probably not wise for coaches and other people who don’t deal with this complex minutia every day to speak publicly as though they’re an authority on transfer waivers.”
Baseball’s Schnabel named Assistant Coach of the Year
Michigan Baseball is back in the news, as assistant coach Nick Schnabel has been named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Schnabel, who is the team’s hitting and infield coach was part of a team that made its third College World Series final appearance and national runner-up finish. Schnabel is also in charge of recruiting for the team.
Michigan Wrestler wins Junior World Championship
Wolverine heavyweight wrestler Mason Parris defeated Iran’s Amir Hossein on Wednesday to win a gold medal during the Junior World Championships in Estonia this week. His victory came by pinfall at 1:19 in the first period of action. He is set to be a sophomore at Michigan this upcoming season.
2019 125kg Junior World Champ! Beyond blessed to be able to represent this amazing country. Winning this gold represents all the improvements I have made physically and mentally, and the countless hours of dedication. I am truly thankful for everyone who made this possible. #USA pic.twitter.com/XKEoGP7XI5— Mason Parris (@Parris58) August 15, 2019
- Michigan Strate football athletic trainer David Jager, 39, is accused of sexual assault and domestic violence while also lying to a police offer. He remains employed by the university, but a spokeswoman said that he has been on paid administrative leave since March 2018. Read the story for yourself, but, uh, not great. (Lansing State Journal)
- Not that there is a major conspiracy here or anything, but Tennessee offensive lineman Nathan Niehaus medically retired earlier this week. He is the eighth member of the Vols to medically retire from football since last season ended and the sixth offensive lineman. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
- In another recruiting story similar to what we posted yesterday, Georgia spent over $2.6 million on recruiting last year, which is more than Michigan and Ohio State did COMBINED. (WatchStadium.com)
That’s it for this week! We will be back with a new edition of the Brews recapping the weekend on Monday.