Michigan Wolverine Football Podcast — NCAA Wake-Up Call, Sherrone Raids Ohio State AGAIN

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Phil @pcallihan and Clint @Clint_Derringer discuss the NCAA getting on board (FORCED) to allow schools to compensate players, and Sherrone Moore raiding talent from Ohio State with audio from Head Coach Sherrone Moore and Running Back Coach Tony Alford.

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Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer on the NCAA’s (forced) decision to pay athletes, the potential benefits and challenges of direct payment, and the need for fair compensation. They also discussed the need for reform in college football, particularly in the areas of competitive balance and player welfare. Ohio State’s recruiting difficulties and Ryan Day’s paranoia were also discussed, with Derringer highlighting Ohio State’s overspending in the transfer portal and Callihan praising Michigan’s leadership and its impact on the team’s success.

NCAA paying athletes $2.7B in damages, implementing revenue sharing plan.

  • NCAA to pay athletes retroactively.
  • NCAA agrees to pay $2.7 billion in damages, share revenue with athletes.
  • NCAA faces legal oversight as athletes seek compensation for name, image, and likeness.

College athletes’ direct payment from schools, with potential legal implications.

  • NCAA would manage roster size, not scholarships, under direct payment framework.
  • Clint Derringer acknowledges positive step forward but highlights remaining challenges and unknowns.
  • NCAA faces antitrust lawsuits as revenue grows.

College football revenue distribution and potential changes to the sport.

  • Phil Callihan: NCAA revenue distribution unfair, needs change.
  • Lawsuit includes mechanism in agreement may help schools rein in third-party deals
  • Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer discuss the potential changes in college football, including a possible leveling of the playing field among power conferences.
  • They also discuss the need for conferences to fill out full schedules and ensure competitive balance, with TV executives holding significant power in these discussions.

College sports revenue and player compensation.

  • Boosters with deep pockets may control athlete marketing opportunities.
  • Phil Callihan points out that college football players are finally gaining control over postseason and revenue distribution.

College football, Michigan’s success, and recruiting strategies.

  • Clint Derringer: Expanded playoff means more wear and tear on athletes, more revenue for schools.
  • Running Back Coach Tony Alford discuss Michigan football’s recruiting and coaching strategies.
  • Alford praises Michigan’s culture of toughness and desire to learn, while Callihan notes the significance of reaching into rival Ohio State for recruiting talent.

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day’s paranoia regarding staff members leaving for Michigan.

  • Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss Ohio State’s recruiting struggles after losing to Michigan three years in a row.
  • Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer discuss Ryan Day’s paranoia at Ohio State, including staff members leaving for Michigan.

Michigan Wolverines football team’s offseason changes and goals.

  • Sharon Moore is repositioning the program with confidence, embracing the rivalry with Ohio State.
  • Michigan football’s stability under Sharon Moore during offseason turnover critical for success.
  • Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss upcoming football season with a challenging schedule.

Michigan Wolverine Football Podcast — The Players Change But the Goals Remain the Same

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Phil @pcallihan and Clint @Clint_Derringer discuss the Michigan Spring Game with audio from Donovan Edwards, Alex Orji, Semaj Morgan, and Head Coach Sherrone Moore.

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The Michigan Wolverines are in the midst of a quarterback competition, with Phil Callihan expressing uncertainty about the starting quarterback. Clint Derringer highlights Alex Orji’s improving performance and the importance of offseason work. Donovan Edwards emphasizes the value of a quarterback who can run and throw, while Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss Coach Sherrone Moore’s ability to navigate off-field issues and maintain team focus. The team is focused on fine-tuning their game to achieve success, with a player-led approach and a culture of resilience.

Michigan Wolverines football team’s quarterback competition

  • Coaches emphasize same goals and process, but with different people.
  • Clint Derringer: Solid performance from quarterbacks in spring game, with Alex Orji standing out for his athleticism.
  • Alex Orji: Hungry for more reps, wants to stay on top of college Football, and be selfless in pursuit of excellence.
  • Alex Orji and Davis Warren are leading the competition for the Quarterback position, with Orji excelling in the run game and Warren showing promise as a passer.
  • The eventual starter will be the one who can best read defenses and deliver the ball accurately from within the pocket without making big turnovers.

QB Alex Orji’s performance in the spring game

  • Phil Callihan: Alex Orji’s athleticism and potential make him a unique QB option.
  • Alex Orji: Campbell’s coaching helps him feel comfortable, learn from others in QB room.
  • Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer discuss Alex Orji’s performance in the spring game, with Callihan expressing uncertainty about the starting Quarterback position and Derringer highlighting Orji’s accuracy and potential as a passer.
  • Derringer analyzes Orji’s throws, noting his improvement after a slow start and his ability to make accurate passes on outbreak routes, with a focus on building chemistry with the receivers and tight ends.

Michigan football’s running back depth and offensive line performance in spring game

  • Donovan Edwards is presumptive starter at Running Back, but others impress in spring game.
  • Offensive line was a positive surprise, holding up well against Michigan’s front seven.

Michigan football’s defense and offense, with a focus on the competition for playing time and the potential impact of new players

  • Coaches mentioned depth and talent on both offense and defense, with a notable increase in aggression on defense.
  • Clint Derringer highlights promising young players in the secondary.
  • Derringer notes the flexibility of the defense with these new players, and how it will be beneficial for the team.

Michigan football’s depth and new players, including injuries and transfers

  • Injury to Rod Moore impacts Michigan’s defensive backfield, but Quinton Johnson’s return provides hope.
  • Clint Derringer highlights the depth of Michigan’s defensive line, particularly in the fourth quarter of games, where they were able to keep their big guys fresh and unblockable.
  • DJ Waller has entered the transfer portal, which could impact Michigan’s lineup on defense, especially at linebacker.

Michigan Wolverines football team’s quarterback position and receiver room, with potential for transfer portal movement

  • Michigan retains core players but uncertain at QB position.
  • Michigan football finds leadership-oriented transfers in the portal.
  • Clint Derringer discusses Michigan football’s receiver position, highlighting the need for more depth and potential for Semaj Morgan to contribute in both run and pass games.

Michigan football team’s coaching changes, player departures, and upcoming schedule

  • The potential of a player on offense and special teams.
  • Sherrone’s dealing with significant roster turnover, coaching staff changes, and player suspensions.

Michigan Wolverines football team’s leadership, culture, and off-field issues.

  • Clint Derringer praises Sherrone Moore’s ability to steer the ship through chaos and make quick decisions.
  • Phil Callihan discusses Michigan football’s resilience in the face of distractions, including the NCAA’s allowance of coaches to communicate with players via radio helmets.
  • Callihan questions whether new coach Sharon can continue the culture of resilience built by Jim Harbaugh, with a rebooted coaching staff and players.
  • Sherrone Moore emphasizes the importance of player leadership and culture in the team’s success.
  • Donovan Edwards highlights the democratic nature of the program, with multiple leaders in each position group working towards a common goal of winning football games.

Michigan Wolverine Football Podcast — Spring Practice, New Coaches, and Pro Day

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Phil @pcallihan and Clint @Clint_Derringer on the new coaching staff additions, news from spring practice, Wolverine pro day, and JJ McCarthy’s draft stock.

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  • Michigan Wolverines football coaching staff changes.0:00
    • Michigan football hires wink Martindale as defensive coordinator, keeping Ravens’ scheme continuity.
    • Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh aims to adapt NFL-experienced defensive coordinator’s schemes to fit college players.
  • NFL and college football coaching systems.3:45
    • Martindale highlights the success of Michigan’s defensive coordinators, including Mike and Jesse, and their unique coaching styles.
  • College football coaching and rivalries.4:48
    • Callihan and Martindale discuss their confidence in the team’s ability to execute and their aggressive strategy, with Callihan sharing a story about Rich Rodriguez’s caution as Michigan head coach.
    • Wink Martindale shares his excitement about coaching at Michigan, mentioning his history with the rivalry and his experience as a high school coach in Ohio.
  • Coaching style and adjusting to new environment.8:38
    • Callihan and Martindale discuss new coach’s NFL experience and ability to prepare players for the next level.
  • Michigan Wolverines’ defensive coordinator search and player injuries.10:34
    • Michigan football’s new defensive coordinator, Martindale, is focused on mixing coverages and pressures to keep opponents guessing.
    • Phil Callihan discusses Michigan football’s defense, highlighting the potential of Mason Graham and Kenneth Grant, as well as the impact of Rod Moore’s injury.
    • Callihan notes the changes made by new defensive staff, including a focus on player development and adaptability, but expresses concern over Moore’s ACL injury.
    • Rod Moore’s injury is a devastating loss for the team and could have impacted his NFL draft prospects.
    • Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer discuss Michigan’s new defensive line coach, Lou Esposito, and how he fits into Sean Morris’ coaching staff philosophy.
    • Donovan Edwards, a former Michigan player, shares his struggles during the previous season and how he’s working to improve.
  • Football, confidence, and adversity.21:00
    • Donovan Edwards discussed his growth as a man and Football player last year, including facing adversity and developing a fire in his heart to play the game.
    • He believes that his confidence and ability to endure challenges will continue to emerge, but he also acknowledges areas for improvement, such as proving his drive and balance in Football.
    • Donovan Edwards emphasizes the importance of self-confidence and not letting outside opinions affect his game.
    • He believes that the opinions of his teammates and coaches matter most, and he focuses on his own growth and development rather than external criticism.
  • Player’s growth and leadership.25:03
    • Phil Callihan reflects on his journey from younger player to leader, highlighting his growth and dedication to the team.
  • Donovan Edwards’ leadership role at Michigan.26:28
    • Donovan Edwards must demonstrate consistency and work ethic to lead Michigan football.
    • Donovan Edwards must lead by example and build consistency to be the prime guy for the team.
  • Football player’s recruitment and respect for opponents.30:06
    • Donovan Edwards discusses his relationship with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, mentioning their shared respect despite being rivals.
    • Edwards also talks about how Alfred recruited him to Ohio State, and how their relationship has continued to grow despite his transfer to Michigan.
  • Tony Alford’s move from Ohio State to Michigan.33:13
    • Tony Alford’s coaching style and expertise in the Running Back room is a key addition to Michigan’s staff.
    • Tony Alford, Ohio State’s RB coach, left for Michigan, sparking intrigue about his motivations and the impact on the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.
    • Phil Callihan is skeptical of coaches leaving Michigan for Ohio State, citing rivalry juice.
  • Michigan football’s NFL prospects and program strength.39:47
    • Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss Michigan football, including a Pro Day with over 150 NFL types in attendance and Jim Harbaugh’s victory lap.
    • Clint Derringer recalls Jim Harbaugh’s previous claim that Michigan would break the record for number of players drafted, which often seems out of nowhere but has proven true in the past.
    • Clint Derringer highlights Michigan’s strong offensive line group, with 6 players potentially drafted in the 2024 NFL draft, showcasing the program’s focus on developing players with NFL aspirations.
    • Derringer also notes the positive impact of the upcoming draft weekend on Michigan’s recruiting messaging and brand, with replays of iconic plays and national title run receiving widespread attention and free publicity.
    • Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss Trent A’s recovery from injury and his potential as a good NFL prospect.
    • Harbaugh’s comments about his team’s readiness for the NFL are taken seriously by Derringer and Callihan due to his successful background in the NFL and college football.
    • Phil Callihan notes that Michigan is in a unique position, having navigated the transfer portal well and developed players for the next level, despite initial concerns about being behind.
    • Mason Graham expresses his desire to stay at Michigan, citing the program’s good hands with Coach Moore and the comfort of playing with his teammates.
  • NFL draft prospect JJ McCarthy’s readiness and potential landing spots.50:22
    • Michigan football reshaping program to be more pro-ready, including new recruiting and personnel departments.
    • NFL teams are intensely vetting JJ, a top quarterback prospect, for the draft.
    • JJ McCarthy’s leadership and public speaking skills make him a promising pro prospect.
  • Michigan QB JJ McCarthy’s NFL draft prospects.57:36
    • Clint Derringer: JJ McCarthy’s ability to adapt and do what’s best for the team is a strength, despite criticism of his raw stats.
    • Phil Callihan: JJ McCarthy is a winner who won’t embarrass any team off the field, and could be the face of an organization.
    • Phil Callihan believes JJ McCarthy has NFL potential but doubts he’ll be drafted top 6, preferring a team close to Michigan for regular viewing.
    • Callihan finds it amusing that critics claim Michigan didn’t throw enough due to inability, highlighting JJ’s NFL upside despite potential limitations.
    • Michigan has multiple top-rated prospects across various position groups, including running back, linebacker, offensive line, and receiver.
    • Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss the Michigan football team’s potential, with Derringer highlighting their NFL talent and Callihan emphasizing their physicality and camaraderie.
    • Donovan Edwards adds that the team has been through ups and downs together, and they must continue to build camaraderie and push each other to reach their full potential.

Nothing But ‘Net – Week #22 – 03/25/2024 – Season Wrap-Up, Final Grades, And Looking Ahead

The University of Michigan men’s basketball 2023-2024 season is over.  They finished the season with a record of 8-24 (3-17 in Big Ten).  They lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, and, for obvious reasons, didn’t play in a postseason tournament.

Season Wrap-Up

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: this was a terrible season for Michigan, possibly their worst ever.  It was certainly the worst season I’ve witnessed in my 50 years of following Michigan basketball.  That leads to a trivia question:

This season, Michigan’s football team won 15 games, and the men’s basketball team only won 8 games.  When was the last time the Michigan football team had more wins in their season than the men’s basketball team?  The answer is at the end of the article.

Michigan started the season with 3 wins, and it looked like they might be better than expected.  Then the losing started, and they never looked promising again.  They started out losing close games, within a couple points in the final 2 minutes.  Then they started a different trend: building up a nice double-digit lead, then blowing the game in the 2nd half.  Finally, they just got blown out and never stood a chance.  Here are the three trends:

  • Losing the close games: Long Beach State, Memphis, Oregon, Indiana, Florida.
  • Building up a decent lead, then blowing the game in the 2nd half: Minnesota, Penn State, Maryland (away), Iowa (away), Michigan State (away), Rutgers (home).
  • Getting blown out: Illinois (home and away), Purdue (home and away), Nebraska (home and away), Rutgers (away), Ohio State (away).

There were a few good games among the 8 wins:

There were too many “bad losses” to list them.

So, what went wrong?  Several things, but the biggest problem was an undersized roster with not enough talent.  I don’t think John Wooden himself could have coached this roster to a 0.500 record.  When I evaluate a roster, I start at both ends: point guard and center.  The guards, wings, and forwards are all important, but without a solid point guard and center, they don’t matter that much.  Michigan had a solid point guard in Dug McDaniel, but the starting center (Tarris Reed, Jr.) was undersized and playing out of position.  Reed would be a good-but-not-great power forward, but he’s not a Big Ten center.  Worse news: Michigan didn’t really have a backup center this season.  Other Big Ten teams had a 7-footer or two, with a couple 6’10” or 6’11” guys to back them up.  Michigan had Reed and … crickets.  Will Tschetter tried his hand at center, but he’s not tall enough or big enough to play against the big boys.  Before he missed the last six games of the season with an injury, Olivier Nkamhoua also took a turn at center, but he’s also not tall enough for the role.  He is big enough to bang in there, but he routinely gave up 4-6 inches in height.  So, Michigan’s opponents saw that the middle wasn’t guarded very well, and they drove to the hoop more often than I’ve ever seen, and it worked.

What about guards/wings/forwards?  Once again, Michigan was constrained by a lack of talent.  There was no one on the roster that was the “go to” player.  There was no one who you could count on to make the clutch shot.  There was no one who was a consistent threat from 3-point range.  All of the starters had some good games, and when a couple of them had good games at the same time, Michigan got one of their rare wins, but it didn’t happen nearly often enough.

The final piece in the roster disaster was the bench.  Michigan got very little bench scoring in many of their games, and so the starters played lots of minutes, which got them tired out in the 2nd half of the games, and wore them down as the season droned on.

What about coaching?  Well, I’m sure coaching played a part in the dismal failure of the season, but I still think most of it was due to an undersized and undertalented roster.  Regardless, (now former) head coach Juwan Howard was fired on 03/15/2024.  Now, you can certainly blame part of the roster disaster on Howard, but only part of it.  When it came to roster construction, Howard was working with one hand tied behind his back.  With the way the infamous Transfer Portal works these days, recruiting has taken a back seat to building a team from the portal.  Unfortunately, Michigan isn’t in the top tier for NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) opportunities, and Michigan’s admission policies have led a few talented transfers to look elsewhere.

Howard was actually a pretty good recruiter, but his most talented recruits either left for the NBA Draft or transferred to another school after 1-2 years.  The recruiting class for this season was one incoming freshman (George Washington III), and he didn’t work out.  Howard brought in three players from the Transfer Portal for this season (Nimari Burnett, Olivier Nkamhoua, and Tray Jackson), and they were decent, but they weren’t enough.

Final Grades

Here are my final grades, with the mid-term grades listed first:

Freshman Eligibility

  • Harrison Hochberg (Inc./Inc.) – Harrison was on the Scout Team, and didn’t play much: 20 minutes in 10 games.  He missed his only shot attempt, but did score one point on 1-for-5 free throw shooting.
  • George Washington III (C-/C-) – George was a major disappointment.  He had his chances, and he didn’t take advantage of them.  He played 146 minutes in 22 games, and he scored 26 points on terrible shooting: 5-for-27 (18.5%) overall, 4-for-18 (22.2%) from deep.  He has entered the Transfer Portal.  He may be a valuable player somewhere else in the future, but he was worthless this year at Michigan.  He won’t be missed.

Sophomore Eligibility

  • Nimari Burnett (B-/B-) – Nimari was the only player to play in all 32 of Michigan’s games.  He had some good games and some bad games, more bad than good.  He averaged 9.6 points/game on decent shooting: 105-for-263 (39.9%) overall, 52-for-150 (34.7%) from deep.  He has 2 years of eligibility remaining, but he has said that he hasn’t decided whether he will keep playing or where.  It would be nice if he came back for (at least) another year at Michigan, but that doesn’t look very likely.
  • Youssef Khayat (C+/C) – Youssef played 97 minutes in 17 games, and he scored 24 points on lousy shooting: 7-for-23 overall (30.4%), 2-for-9 from deep (22.2%).  He has entered the Transfer Portal.  He never really caught on at Michigan, but he has the potential to be a decent player somewhere else.  He won’t be missed.
  • Dug McDaniel (A/A-) – Here it is: the only “A” in this batch of grades.  Dug played his heart out every minute of every game.  He’s fast, he’s a great dribbler, he shot well, and he ran the offense pretty well.  He shot 41.0% overall (151-for-368) and 36.8% from deep (56-for-152).  He led the team in scoring (16.3 points/game), assists (121), and steals (29).  He was a warrior out there.  Unfortunately, we was suspended for 6 road games during the Big Ten portion of the schedule, due to academic shortcomings.  He has entered the Transfer Portal, and I expect him to be snapped up by a good program, and to do well there.  It’s a shame to lose him.
  • Tarris Reed, Jr. (B/B) – Tarris had some good games and just as many bad games.  When he was “on” he was a weapon, but there were other games when he was barely playable.  His shooting percentage was good (111-for-214 = 51.9%), but he didn’t take enough shots.  Michigan had trouble getting the ball in to him at the post, and when they did, he often turned it over (71 turnovers).  He averaged 9.0 points/game.  He led the team in rebounding, with 230 rebounds (7.2 per game).  He has entered the Transfer Portal, and I hope he ends up somewhere where he can play power forward instead of center.  He will be missed.
  • Jackson Selvala (Inc./Inc.) – Jackson was on the Scout Team, and didn’t play much: 29 minutes in 13 games.  He scored 6 points, on 1-for-4 shooting overall (0-for-3 from deep) and 4-for-4 shooting from the free throw line.
  • Cooper Smith (Inc./Inc.) – Cooper was on the Scout Team, and didn’t play much: 18 minutes in 10 games.  He has scored 9 points, on 4-for-6 shooting overall (1-for-3 from deep).
  • Will Tschetter (B+/B+) – Will was probably the most improved player on the team this season.  He didn’t do much his freshman season, but this season he averaged 6.8 points/game on good shooting: 78-for-134 overall (58.2%) and 24-for-58 from deep (51.9%).  He played small forward, power forward, and even (small) center, and he did pretty well.

Junior Eligibility

  • Ian Burns (Inc./Inc.) – Ian was on the Scout Team, and didn’t play much: 24 minutes in 11 games.  He scored 3 points on 3-for-5 free throw shooting.  He attempted 7 shots, all 3-pointers, and he missed them all.
  • Jace Howard (Inc./C) – Jace missed the first 16 games with a foot injury that took forever to heal, and he missed a few more games due to illness, so he only played in 10 games.  He was used mostly as a defensive player, only scoring 26 points on mediocre shooting: 8-for-27 overall (29.6%), 4-for-15 from deep (26.7%).  He announced that he was planning on coming back for another season, but that was before his father was fired as head coach.  He hasn’t made any comment since that happened.

Senior Eligibility

  • Jaelin Llewellyn (Inc./B-) – Jaelin missed the first 7 games with a knee injury, and he missed a few more games due to illness, so he only played in 20 games.  He started in place of McDaniel during McDaniel’s 6-game road suspension, and those were some of Llewellyn’s best games.  He averaged 5.2 points/game on pretty good shooting: 35-for-92 overall (38.0%) and 19-for-47 from deep (40.4%).  He had more turnovers (31) than assists (23), which is not good for a point guard.  He is out of eligibility.
  • Tray Jackson (B-/C+) – Tray provided some scoring and rebounding off the bench, but he only showed flashes of what he was capable of, then he disappeared.  He averaged 5.0 points/game on decent shooting: 45-for-113 overall (39.8%) and 9-for-37 from deep (24.3%).  He is out of eligibility.
  • Olivier Nkamhoua (A-/B+) – Olivier was the second most valuable player on the team, after McDaniel.  He played a lot of power forward and a bit of (small) center.  He played hard in every game, and he delivered.  Unfortunately, he injured his left (non-shooting) wrist in early January, and played hurt for the next 13 games, finally giving up and missing the last 6 games.  Still, he ended up second on the team in scoring average (14.8 points/game), and second in rebounding (7.1 rebounds/game).  He shot well: 154-for-301 (51.2%) overall, 27-for-81 (33.3%) from deep.  He did lead the team in turnovers, with 73.  He is out of eligibility.
  • Terrance Williams II (B+/B+) – Terrance saved his best season for last.  He ended up as the third leading scorer on the team (12.4 points/game) with nice shooting numbers: 125-for-289 (43.3%) overall, 52-for-131 (39.7%) from deep.  Most importantly, he cut his fouls and turnovers way down from his career averages.  He has announced that he won’t be back next season, although he does have one more year of eligibility, due to COVID.

Awards

It’s awkward giving out awards to such an underachieving team, but here we go:

  • Most Valuable Player: Dug McDaniel
  • Most Improved Player: Will Tschetter
  • Best Defensive Player: Olivier Nkamhoua
  • Sixth Man: Will Tschetter

Looking Ahead

I wish I could be more optimistic, but the future of Michigan basketball is not looking very promising.  There is a lot of bad news:

  • Several players graduating/using up their eligibility: Nkamhoua, Williams, Llewellyn, and Jackson.
  • Several players entering the Transfer Portal: McDaniel, Reed, Khayat, and Washington.
  • A few players who haven’t announced their intentions: Burnett, Tschetter, and Howard.
  • One of the three incoming freshmen decommitting: Khani Rooths.
  • The head coach being fired

Now, the three players who haven’t announced their intentions could all come back for next season, but that isn’t likely.  Burnett has been very non-committal on the subject, and Howard is the son of the head coach who was just fired.  That leaves Tschetter.  Maybe he’ll return, but he’s hardly an elite player.

The loss of Rooths is a big deal.  He was the highest ranked prospect in Michigan’s recruiting class, and now he’s gone.

There is some good news:

There are still two promising incoming freshmen in the recruiting class:

  • Christian Anderson (5’11”, 155 pounds, G) – Christian is a point guard, and he might well be the starting point guard as a true freshman, since all the other point guards left.  He’s a 4-star recruit.
  • Durral Brooks (6’2”, 180 pounds, G) – Durral was named “Mr. Basketball” for the state of Michigan, and he should bring some much-needed outside firepower to Michigan.  He’s a 3-star recruit.

Hopefully, these two recruits will stick with Michigan.

The best news is that Michigan has hired a new head coach: Dusty May from Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  I think this is a good hire, and that Coach May will do his best to revive Michigan basketball, but I think it’s going to take a lot longer than most people expect.  I just hope that the Athletic Director and (more importantly) the public cut him some slack for the first couple seasons.  This is a “total rebuild”, from the ground up, not a “reload”.  The cupboard is bare.  I’m confident that Coach May will work hard to bring in the right mix of players from the Transfer Portal to at least be competitive “soon”.

What’s Next?

Check back in late October for the next season of Michigan basketball.

Go Blue!

Oh yeah, the trivia answer:

In 1981 the football team went 9-3, while the 1981-1982 basketball team went 7-20.