I know how many people send the same kind of email before their freshmen years. I know how many never show up. I don’t fault them for it. I only feel bad that they don’t even know what they’re missing.
There is one aspect of being the No. 8 seed that creates an irresistible storyline leading up to this tournament for Michigan. The team it will face, Illinois, is due at least partial credit for starting the Wolverines’ second-half run in the first place.
There’s plenty of room to debate whether players ought to sit out bowl games, whether they owe it more to the school to play or to themselves to be safe, but this much is hardly up for debate: What happened to Jake Butt on Friday is tragic.