Michigan announced the hire of Brian Jean-Mary as linebackers coach Saturday, filling out the Wolverines’ coaching staff for 2020 after the departures of Chris Partridge and Anthony Campanile in the offseason.
Sean Bormet saw the look on Mason Parris’ face and knew what was going to happen.
The Michigan wrestling team may have lost its last four bouts. It may have nearly blown a 16-point lead to Michigan State. But the Wolverines knew that in the moment, none of that mattered, because they had a cheat code the Spartans didn’t: sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris.
Elise Ray was at a crossroads. After finishing her career as a gymnast at Michigan, she’d performed for Cirque du Soleil for three years, then worked briefly as a trainer and broadcaster. Like many athletes whose careers had come to an end, Ray wasn’t sure what was next. So she called Bev Plocki, her college coach, and asked for advice. A decade after that first call of advice, the two women — at the helm of their own programs in Michigan and Washington — scheduled a meet against each other. It should have been perfect, a coach and her protege, reunited where it all began, this time as competitors.
Junior center Cesar Ruiz has elected to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.
“I would like to thank the University of Michigan for helping craft me into the man I am today,” Ruiz said in a statement on his Twitter account. “It is truly an honor to be able to wear the maize and blue. … Since the day I touched a football, I knew I wanted to play in the National Football League. It’s always been my dream, and now I am ready to make that dream a reality.”
And yet, the defense did what it could. Any realistic gameplan against Alabama was going to include winning in the 30s or 40s. The Crimson Tide’s 35 points tied a season low, and they might not have even gotten that many if not for a fourth-quarter Shea Patterson interception. They were just 4-for-10 on third down. They were on the field for over nine fewer minutes than the Wolverines.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Milton stood on a deck at the Fun Spot America amusement park. It was 75 degrees and the Florida humidity was in full force. For Milton, a native of Pahokee, Fla., it was kind of like a homecoming. On Wednesday, the redshirt freshman expects to have 40 family members in the stands for the Citrus Bowl.
ORLANDO, Fla. — To hear Don Brown talk about Alabama’s offense is to hear a laundry list of accolades and praise.
Wideout Jerry Jeudy? Won the Biletnikoff Award last year for the nation’s best receiver. Running back Najee Harris? “The best jump cut guy I’ve seen.” The receiver room as a whole? The top group, across the board, he says he’s ever faced.
Ever yelled “We want Bama” as a joke when Michigan had a good game? Well, you got your wish.
It’s official: the 14th-ranked Wolverines will be headed to Orlando to play No. 13 Alabama in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
“Certainly a privilege and an honor for our team to be … playing a great team like the University of Michigan with great tradition and a great coach in Jim Harbaugh,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said on a conference call Sunday evening. “And this is something that we — a challenge that we certainly look forward to.”