Monday, May 13, 2019 - 11:37pm
John Beilein leaves Michigan as the all-time winningest coach with 278 wins.

There was a moment — with Moe Wagner marauding his way through the defense and galavanting around the court — when John Beilein stood on the brink of immortality. It was the first television timeout, and the team donning maize was starting to believe.

If that Michigan team with that cast of misfits could win a national title, there was no doubting John Beilein’s place in history, nor his spot on the Mount Rushmore of Michigan athletics. Then, or ever.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 5:56pm
Donovan Jeter has bounced back from injury and hopes to increase his playing time this season.

When Jeter speaks, he does so with firm conviction. It’s clear he carries the bumps and bruises of the last two years with him, and that they’ve calloused into determination. There’s a clear understanding that he knows this is the year for him.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:06pm
Defensive coordinator Don Brown must deal with losing multiple star players.

But while Brown’s presence may add a comfortable layer of trustworthiness, he does not make the defense impervious to questions — of which there are plenty to ask.

Not even the king of defensive coordinators can step on the field and replace Devin Bush’s generational sideline-to-sideline speed, Rashan Gary’s power or Chase Winovich’s tenacity. He cannot mask a woefully thin interior defensive line, nor hide holes at safety and linebacker.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 8:20pm
Michigan tight end coach Sherrone Moore has to adjust to a new offensive coordinator — but he has once before.

Two years later, the hiring of Josh Gattis as Michigan’s offensive coordinator has put Moore in a similar position. Talk of Gattis’ “speed in space” mantra has enveloped much of the spring oxygen, implicitly and explicitly promising more. Faster tempo. More big plays. More opportunities for skill guys. Production against the best. Maybe, oh maybe, some big wins.

So, how does the tight end — a hallmark position in Michigan’s offenses under Harbaugh — fit into that equation?

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 8:38pm
Jim Harbaugh said that sophomore Ben Mason could play numerous positions in 2019.

Steve George paused long enough to make it clear he rejected the very premise of the question.

George coached now-Michigan sophomore Ben Mason at Newtown High School. He granted Mason free reign to traverse the field at just about every position from wide receiver to running back, linebacker to defensive line. You name it, Mason did it. He watched Mason set the Connecticut state record for pick-sixes.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 8:12pm
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that junior quarterback Shea Patterson is No. 1 on the depth chart.

Updates on the quarterback depth chart, Harbaugh’s thoughts on Greg Mattison’s depature, Ben Mason’s versatility and more.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 6:40pm
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said the offense would be more "up-tempo" next season.

His hiring comes with the clear subtext of a sea change in Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan. Gattis, touting his mantra “Speed In Space” at every turn, brings apparent philosophical differences to Harbaugh’s traditional West Coach offense. While it remains to be seen how profoundly different the offense will look next season, it’s no small matter that Harbaugh appears willing to cede the keys to the offense.

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 4:11pm

Friday morning, Wilton Speight stood tall in the back of Schembechler Hall as little more than an afterthought.

This day was about Rashan Gary, who held firm on his claim that he’s the best player in the draft. It was about Devin Bush, who reflected on freak-ish combine numbers and rising draft stock. It was about Chase Winovich, who bid adieu to Michigan and, he hopes, his reputation as “that try-hard white guy.” And yet, Speight’s cameo appearance was an inherent, incongruent end, once and for all.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:26pm
Two years after Brienne Minor won the NCAA Singles Title, she's not done yet.

The thing to understand about Brienne Minor is that, even as she reached the pinnacle of her sport, etched her name in the throes of Michigan lore, ascended to stardom, it was never about her.

Nor was it about her when those fortunes flipped.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 9:50pm
Junior quarterback Shea Patterson posted 2,600 yards, with 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2018.

Coming off a 2017 season handicapped by poor quarterback play — one which ended with John O’Korn in tears sitting at the podium after the Ohio State game — even average quarterback play would have sufficed.

In 2018, Shea Patterson cleared that low bar with room to spare.