Last year, Isaiah Livers took the tip-off as the starting power forward in the national championship game. The next game the sophomore forward played in — Tuesday’s opener against Norfolk State — he came off the bench.
Eli Brooks’ phone rang, and DeAndre Haynes was on the other end. Haynes, an assistant coach on the Michigan men’s basketball team, called Brooks to give the sophomore guard a little extra boost before the season.
In fall rowing, scores and rankings aren’t officially measured — that part doesn’t come until the spring. But despite a more casual setup, two weekend scrimmages at Ohio State provided more value for the Michigan rowing team than what shows up on a scorecard.