March 16, 2009

Michigan Newsstand - March 16

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Rich Rodriguez sizes up quarterbacks at U-M practice
Angelique S. Chengelis • The Detroit News
And the much-awaited first quarterback snap of the University of Michigan's spring football practice Saturday morning went to…

FOOTBALL

Harding's Williamson commits to Michigan
David Baugh • Warren Tribune Chronicle
For the second time this year, a holiday weekend has proven to be time to celebrate for another football player from Warren G. Harding.

New faces, new season for U-M
Nathan Sandals • The Detroit Free Press
Rich Rodriguez is positive his Michigan football team is ready to take a step forward this year, even if many of last year's questions remain.

There's one more QB to consider
Nathan Sandals • The Detroit Free Press
Michigan had three quarterbacks taking reps during the first spring practice, but a fourth player will be added to the competition this summer.

Rodriguez, Michigan football kick off spring practice
Nathan Sandals • The Detroit Free Press
The first spring practice of Rich Rodriguez's second year at Michigan looked a lot like the previous one.

Spring football notebook: new Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will coach specific positions
Pete Bigelow • The Ann Arbor News
Quarterback Tate Forcier and his six freshmen teammates were not the only new faces Saturday at Michigan's first football practice of the spring.

Change in mentality obvious after first spring football practice
Courtney Ratkowiak • The Michigan Daily
The shift in attitude was palpable.

U-M Showcases Program with Night of Champions
University of Michigan Media Relations
The Wolverine football program hosted the second annual Night of Champions, a nine-event Olympic style competition, tonight (Friday, March 13) on the eve of spring drills at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.

Wolverines Work Out for Pro Scouts
University of Michigan Media Relations
Fourteen former members of the University of Michigan football program worked out for professional scouts today (Friday, March 13) at Schembechler Hall.

Offense the first priority for Michigan
Tom Dienhart • Rivals.com
Michigan's 2008 season was an adventure, if nothing else.

BASKETBALL

Wolverines asked to Dance after 11-year absence
Scott Bell • The Detroit Free Press
After more than 4,000 days of waiting, the last 35 minutes may have been the most excruciating.

Beilein's nerves soothed by joy
Michael Rosenberg • The Detroit Free Press
John Beilein jumped out of his seat and walked over to his two stars, Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. CBS had cut to a commercial. Three of the four regions had been announced. And Michigan had not heard its name called.

March Madness heads for Motown Final Four
Bob Wojnowski • The Detroit News
Here it comes, straight from the heartland and the hinterlands, loaded with powerhouses and puny programs (with all due respect). It's the ultimate road trip to Detroit, the March to Motown, with multiple stops in between.

Wolverines' drought ends with No. 10 seed
David Goricki • The Detroit News
The long wait is over for Michigan.

U-M foe Clemson: 'There's a chip on our shoulder'
Detroit News wire services
Clemson didn't look like an NCAA team in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last week. So coach Oliver Purnell made sure to turn the Tigers back into one the past few days.

Wolverines earn NCAA bid for first time since 1998, will face Clemson as No. 10 seed
Jeff Arnold • The Ann Arbor News
For more than 30 minutes Sunday night, they had remained pinned to the edge of brown leather chairs, waiting for hope to give way to reality.

Wolverines' NCAA tournament selection confirms athletic director Bill Martin's belief
Jeff Arnold • The Ann Arbor News
Bill Martin sat in church Sunday morning, praying like his fellow parishioners around him.

Credit John Beilein for Wolverines' turnaround
Pete Bigelow • The Ann Arbor News
Fans stirred in hopes of a matchup against West Virginia, University of Michigan men's coach John's Beilein's old team, but groaned when No. 11 Dayton snagged that spot.

The Wolverines' NCAA Tournament bid is about more than just the team
Andy Reid • The Michigan Daily
The numbers didn't matter anymore.

HOCKEY

Michigan's Carl Hagelin gives hockey fans at Yost something to cheer about
Kevin Ryan • The Ann Arbor News
The fans at Yost Ice Arena haven't shied from showing their appreciation for Carl Hagelin this season.

Michigan holds Western shotless in first, cruises to 6-1 win
Kevin Ryan • The Ann Arbor News
The referee blew his whistle to indicate off-sides and stop play, but Western Michigan forward Patrick Galivan continued toward the goal cage, puck on his stick.

Wolverines' defense getting the attention it deserves
Michael Eisenstein • The Michigan Daily
When the first period wound down to its final minute on Saturday night, the Yost Ice Arena faithful gave one of the most enthusiastic "How much time is left?"

Wolverines make short work of Broncos
Chris Meszaros • The Michigan Daily
Maybe the Western Michigan hockey team was simply hoping to sneak out of the first period early in both of its games against No. 3 Michigan this weekend.

AROUND THE NATION

Kiffin fires back at Raiders
John Clayton • ESPN.com
Former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin fired back at owner Al Davis on Friday night after a letter sent to the University of Tennessee by the Raiders became public.

Fresno State's Brown dies
ESPN.com news services
Fresno State defensive coordinator Dan Brown died Friday after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 50.

Bellotti calm about moving on as coach
Associated Press • ESPN.com
Having thought about his next step for the past couple of years, Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said the time was right to become the university's athletics director and hand over the team to offensive coordinator Chip Kelly.

Injury mars Kiffin's first full practice at Tennessee
Associated Press • SI.com
A frightening injury put a damper on Tennessee's highly anticipated first practice in full pads under new coach Lane Kiffin, with fans invited to watch Friday.

Alabama suspends two LBs
Associated Press • SI.com
Alabama opened spring practice Friday without two suspended linebackers and with a quarterback question that coach Nick Saban is in no rush to answer.

25 Things for Spring: What to watch across the nation
Dennis Dodd • CBS Sports
You think there would be more respect for a defending national champion. But Florida has been taking some lately.

Fifty Thoughts on Selection Sunday
Luke Winn • SI.com
27. Sleeper Pick No. 2 is ... Michigan, the No. 10 Seed in the South. The Wolverines stumbled through the Big Ten, but they always seem to give good teams problems.

Breaking it all down: And the winner is ...
Gary Parrish • CBS Sports
One of the best things about working for CBS -- besides the fame and riches, of course -- is that the committee has to fax the NCAA tournament bracket to us a little ahead of time so that the production people can build graphics and stuff for the Selection Show




 

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