Michigan AD Asks for Patience with Rodriguez
November 12, 2009 8:00 pm EST
As reported in the Blog of ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg, Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin asked for patience from his fans and reiterated his full support for coach Rich Rodriguez.
"Of course we're all concerned, but the message is simple: to have patience," Martin said. "Those who stay will be champions. That's what Bo [Schembechler] always said. I am all in for Rich Rodriguez. He will get the job done for us. He has assembled an excellent staff. He has got my full support."
Michigan is 5-5, 1-5 in the Big Ten in Rodriguez's second season. The Wolverines have lost five of six games and must win at Wisconsin or against Ohio State to avoid missing a bowl game for a second consecutive season.
"It is important for us to go to bowl games of course because we've always done it," Martin said. "And we want to go again this year and every year. We're in a very challenging transition at this time but I am very optimistic about the future."
Martin, who hired Rodriguez but will be retiring after this season, said there are positive signs.
"Bear in mind that we have a very young team," Martin said. "We have over seventy percent of our kids are freshmen or sophomores. We are starting a freshman quarterback. We are only using 70 of our 85 scholarships. We've got a lot of room to recruit a lot of great players. And our players have bought into Coach Rod and his staff and the system."
Martin called out Michigan's defensive performance.
"Our offense is putting points on the board," he said. "There is no question also that we really need to see some significant improvement on the defensive side."
Wolverines CB Cissoko Suspended
October 11, 2009 2:00 pm EST
According to AP reports, Michigan has suspended cornerback Boubacar Cissoko indefinitely for violating team rules. Coach Rich Rodriguez made the announcement Saturday night after Iowa beat the Wolverines 30-28 Cissoko told a reporter earlier in the day he didn't travel with the team because he was "banged up," but would return in the next game. He started every game last year and the first four games this season. Cissoko lost his job in the fifth and was suspended for the sixth.
Michigan (4-2) has lost two straight games on the road after winning its first four at home.
Is Michigan Guilty of Breaking NCAA Rules
August 30, 2009 8:00 am EST
Wire services and multiple web outlets are reporting Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez regularly worked out his football players for nine hours on the days after games last season and had members of his quality-control staff observe offseason seven-on-seven scrimmages, both in violation of NCAA rules. Apparently this is based on interviews with current and former players and the parents of four other players. None of those interviewed were identified for fear of repercussions from the coaching staff. Rodriguez denied that Michigan violated the rules.
Under NCAA rules, practices may last no longer than four hours a day and cannot exceed 20 hours a week. But Rodriguez required his players to report by noon on Sundays, and they often didn't leave until after 10:00 pm, the report said. According to player tallies, the weekly total sometimes varied from 21 to 24 hours. Although the NCAA permits seven-on-seven drills during the summer, they must be voluntary and run by athletes. Coaches and members of the quality-control staff, which provides administrative and other support to coaches, cannot attend. Players also charged that mandatory offseason workouts exceeded the weekly eight-hour limit.
Only time will tell if these allocations will prove to be valid and if so, will Rodriguez be punished or fired. And if he is fired, is that really what Buckeye fans want? It reminds me of the 2006 OSU-Michigan dinner. Former Buckeye Coach John Cooper was speaking with Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr. Cooper said to Carr "I miss being on the sideline, I wish I was still coaching at OSU". To which Carr responded "I wish you were still coaching too!"
Kevin Grady Jailed After Violating His Probation
May 15, 2009 7:30 pm EST
Michigan running back Kevin Grady is serving a seven-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to violating his probation for a drunken driving conviction last summer. A senior, Grady had been on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor DWI. He was stopped by police July 2 in Wyoming, MI., and had a blood-alcohol level of .24, three times the legal limit.
Court officials told The Grand Rapids Press that Grady failed to comply with his probation requirements in Ann Arbor, including community service, and also tested positive for opiates.
Grady was suspended for Michigan's season opener last fall against Utah but appeared in the team's final 11 games as a reserve. Grady has 190 career carries for 703 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
2000 Days and Counting for the OSU Winning Streak
May 14, 2009 5:00 am EST
Today marks 2000 days since Michigan defeated OSU in football, and it will grow to almost 2200 before the next installment in the classic rivalry. How long will it take for Coach Rodriguez to secure his first victory over the Buckeyes? Will anything top the classic game in 2006 when #1 played #2.
Former QB Threet heading to ASU
April 28, 2009 8:00 pm EST
Former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet plans to transfer to Arizona State. He would sit out the 2009 season and have two years of eligibility remaining. He started eight games as a redshirt freshman last year, passing for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns with seven interceptions. After starting his career at Georgia Tech, Threet has now made his way through half of the BCS conferences.
WR Clemons Leaves the Wolverines
March 24, 2009 5:00 pm EST
Internet message boards are reporting the Wolverines have lost another player from the roster. Tony Clemons met with Coach Rodriguez, and has decided to leave the University of Michigan. He claims he does not want to be part of the spread offense, and has decided to leave according to the Detroit Free Press. He is looking to go to a school in the SEC, PAC-10 or even WVU. He may have been discouraged as he believed he had fell back in the depth chart, and with the recent verbals, such as Ricardo Miller, he will be falling farther behind. Are there any left to 'Stay and become Champions'?
Threet to Transfer out of Michigan
February 16, 2009 10:30 am EST
According to posts on both Michigan and Georgia Tech's web sites quarterback Steven Threet, who started eight games last season as a redshirt freshman, wants out of the University of Michigan, according to multiple reports.
"I've decided to transfer from the University of Michigan," Threet said in a prepared statement Sunday. "I have requested and received my release. I do not yet know where I will continue my collegiate career and will have no further comment until that decision is made."
Threet began his collegiate career at Georgia Tech and then transferred to Michigan prior to the 2007 season, when he had to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules. If he transfers to another FBS school, he will have to sit out the 2009 season. Threet, who threw for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games he played in during the 2008 season, was affected by a concussion he suffered in a 48-42 loss at Purdue.
Michigan now faces the upcoming season with a question mark at quarterback; walk-on Nick Sheridan, who started in four games in '08, will be a junior, and backup David Cone, also a junior, returns. The Wolverines signed two four-star quarterbacks, Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson to its freshman class.
William Campbell Commits to the Wolverines ... Again
January 4, 2009 9:00 am EST
One of the nation's most prominent recruits, and a one-time Michigan commitment, five-star defensive tackle William Campbell has made a final decision, announcing in favor of the Wolverines at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio. He had originally committed to Michigan June 2007 before junior season but decommitted in September 2008.