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.
Dec. 30, 2016: I’m watching the Michigan football team play in the Orange Bowl when Head Coach Jim Harbaugh starts wildly clapping, clipboard in hand. I turn to my dad and shout, “Jim Harbaugh claps like a seal!” Then I take to Twitter and retweet everyone saying the same thing.
I had been accepted into the University of Michigan about a week before, but this was the first real bond I felt with my future school. See, Harbaugh and I have something in common: We both made fools of ourselves by clapping incorrectly on national TV.