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Michigan Football

Running back injures finger in "freak" weightlifting accident

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

Brown might also be a candidate for quarterback position

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New offense troubles Blue

BY DAN FELDMAN

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez had to take extra Tylenol before Saturday's practice, the first of the spring. And before he addressed the media afterward, a media relations official asked him if he wanted any juice. He declined, asking instead for water and more Tylenol.
Rodriguez, in his first official practice in Ann Arbor, began the slow and often painful process of teaching the spread option to players who were recruited to run a pro-style offense.

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'M' focusing on the future right now

Brian Merlos

BY IAN ROBINSON

INDIANAPOLIS - Spring practice for the Michigan football team started Saturday. And after Friday's ugly 51-34 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin, spring workouts for the Michigan men's basketball team began that day, too.
Redshirt junior C.J. Lee planned to go to the gym the day after the season ended and see the rest of his teammates there.
When freshman Kelvin Grady heard Lee say it in the locker room, he said he'd be waiting for Lee's phone call.
"We can't control what happened in this season, but we can control how we get better," Grady said.

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SportsMonday Column: Things change - get over it

Brian Merlos

BY SCOTT BELL

Last week, I thought the world had practically come to an end.
The University of Michigan put up pictures on MGoBlue.com, and judging by the reaction of the Wolverine faithful, I figured it was the most unbelievably awful thing on the internet not involving two girls, a cup and - well, you get the point.
Fans were disgusted, angered and appalled. Curiosity got the best of me, and I finally had to check it out for myself. I was surprised by what I saw.
Brace yourselves - orange beams!
Oh, the humanity.

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A new standard for recruiting

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez had just three weeks to assemble next year's freshman class, but Signing Day treated the Wolverines' coaching staff well.
Not only did it keep the majority of former head coach Lloyd Carr's verbal commitments, it also pulled out some last-minute surprises before introducing the new recruits on Feb. 6.
Even though Michigan was pleased with its class, ranked 10th in the nation by recruiting website Rivals.com, other Big Ten coaches certainly weren't pleased with some of the Wolverines' late recruiting tactics.

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McShay weighs in on Wolverines' draft prospects

BY ANDY REID AND DAN FELDMAN

INDIANAPOLIS - Todd McShay is a very busy man.
On our way out of the NFL Combine today, we saw the ESPN analyst filming an interview for SportsCenter in the hallway. When he wrapped production, we asked him if he was willing to talk with us about Michigan players' draft prospects, but he was due for a radio segment, which he said would take about ten minutes.

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And then there were twelve

Patti Behler

BY ANDY REID

Sophomores among walk-ons that made it through first cut

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Rodriguez shakes off Buckeye taunts at speech

BY DAN FELDMAN AND IAN ROBINSON

Hatred for Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez has spread beyond West Virginia.
As Rodriguez began to address the crowd at halftime of yesterday's basketball game against Ohio State, an "asshole" chant came down from the top rows behind the north basket at Crisler Arena, where about 50 Buckeye fans were sitting. The Michigan faithful began to boo and point toward that section.
"Enjoy your seats up there," Rodriguez said, motioning toward the upper level.

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SportsMonday Column: Rodriguez's first report card

BY SCOTT BELL

The ball's in your court, Rich Rodriguez.
Now that the Michigan men's basketball team has finally toppled Ohio State, all focus shifts to your newly inherited team's struggles against the pesky Buckeyes.
That's what four straight losses will do. That's the weight that will be on your back when you're fighting to prevent Ohio State's first-ever five-game winning streak in this series when you travel to Columbus next November. That's the nature of this rivalry.

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Mike Hart who? One writer's shot at glory

BY ANDY REID

Every time Mike Hart limped off the field with an ankle injury, I told my friends not to worry. If needed, Lloyd Carr knew I could suit up at any time.
I've assured anyone who would listen that Michigan fans shouldn't fret over the ongoing Terrelle Pryor fiasco. I'm better equipped for Rich Rodriguez's spread option attack, anyway.
But last week, the unwarranted cockiness came back to get me. My editor proposed a once-in-a-lifetime story idea: Prove it.

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