Appalachian State Earns Rematch For 2014
August 25 2011 5:00 pm EST

Appalachian State won the first ever game against Michigan, today the Wolverines announced they will open the 2014 season at home against them.  The Mountaineers shocked the Wolverines 34-32 to begin the 2007 season, when the defending FCS champions blocked a potential winning field goal at the end of regulation.

Appalachian State is currently deciding whether to move up to the FBS.

For this year's team, they continue to take loses before the season begins.  Tight end Chris Barnett has left the team, the third player this week to depart from the Wolverines.  The 6-foot-5, 250-pound freshman was a highly regarded player in coach Brady Hoke's first recruiting class.  Barnett was ranked #20 among all tight ends by ESPNU 150 for the class of 2011. He was projected as a future starter because No. 1 tight end Kevin Koger is a senior.  Fellow freshman Tony Posada, an offensive lineman, and junior receiver Je'Ron Stokes, who had three career receptions for 27 yards, also left the program this week.

Darryl Stonum Will Redshirt 2011, Two Other Players Suspended
August 8, 2011 7:45 am EST

Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum will redshirt the 2011 season as part of his discipline for a drunken driving arrest in May, coach Brady Hoke announced Sunday.  Is this how we do it now?  Maybe OSU should redshirt the 4 players that already have a five game suspension this season and they will have a full season next year?  Come on Michigan!

Stonum, who ranked second on the team in receiving (49 catches for 633 yards) last season, pleaded guilty June 3 to operating while visibly impaired following a May 6 arrest. Hoke indefinitely suspended Stonum following the arrest but left the door open to a possible return for the season if Stonum met several conditions. 
 
Stonum, who received a one year suspended sentence and entered a court sobriety program, received another drunken driving charge early in his Michigan career and served three days in jail in 2010 for probation violations. He will have one year of eligibility remaining in 2012. 

Hoke also announced that punter Will Hagerup is suspended the first four games and wide receiver Terrence Robinson is suspended for the first game for an unspecified violation of team rules. Hagerup also was suspended for a game in 2010. 

"In order to build a championship-caliber culture, you have to be accountable to each other on and off the field," Hoke said. "There are expectations at the University of Michigan you must live up to."

Darryl Stonum Arrested
May 9, 2011 9:45 pm EST

The Associated Press has reported Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of drunken driving, the day before the school announced he had been suspended indefinitely.  Coach Brady Hoke said Saturday that Stonum had made a "poor decision" and was being disciplined, but he didn't elaborate.

Diane Brown of the University of Michigan police says Stonum was arrested around 2:25 am on Friday on suspicion of operating while under the influence. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Stonum started 12 games as a junior last season for coach Rich Rodriguez and ranked second on the team in receptions and yards receiving. He has 76 career receptions for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns.

The 'Force' is No Longer With Them
February 10, 2011 6:15 pm EST

Quarterback Tate Forcier is transferring from the University of Michigan to the University of Miami, according to reports from ESPN.com.

"Miami had the best opportunity," Forcier told ESPN. "There is so much positive energy around this program and I really want to be a part of it. I love these coaches an feel like they are the right guys for me. I had a great visit and I really want to be a part of the rebirth at Miami."

Forcier backed up Denard Robinson last season after starting ahead of him when they were both freshmen during the 2009 season. Forcier threw for 2,647 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 20 career games.  He was ruled academically ineligible to play in the January 1st Gator Bowl.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Forcier was no longer with the program as he introduced coach Brady Hoke as Rich Rodriguez's successor.

Injuries stunted his success and the Wolverines lost seven of their next eight games. Robinson moved past Forcier on the depth chart last spring and started the 2010 opener, accounting for 383 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Connecticut.

A New Era on the Horizon for the Rivalry?
January 18, 2011 9:30 pm EST

At this point it has been more than 2,600 days since Michigan has tasted victory against the Scarlet & Gray.  Yet we can not forget that these trends tend to by cyclical.  Michigan has their new coach in place and he was not hired to lose to Ohio State.

Most Buckeye fans know that Michigan still holds a slight edge in the overall series between OSU and Michigan.  At this time, the record is 57-44-6 in favor of the Wolverines.  This is mostly because of the start they got against the Buckeyes.  From the first meeting in 1897 through 1918, Michigan was 13-0-2 against the scarlet and gray and outscored the Bucks 369-21 (ouch).

However, starting in 1919 though today, the two schools have played each other every year.  The series is exactly even 44-44-4, and during those 92 games both teams have scored 1392 points.  Amazing

Of course, Buckeye fans are presently simply interested in the last seven games, but enjoy it while it lasts because history tells us the tide will shift again someday.

Hoke Hired as Michigan Head Coach
January 12, 2011 5:00 pm EST

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon picked Hoke as his new football coach Tuesday, insisting he was Plan A and not a backup option after Harbaugh left Stanford for the San Francisco 49ers and Miles stayed at LSU.  Is anyone believing this?  We heard actual dollar figures for Harbaugh.  Maybe if they HAD offered them the job, one of them would have taken it!

"The job was never offered to them," Brandon said in an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday after informing the team of his decision. "We did have different discussions with them that were helpful and positive."

Harbaugh was the popular pick when Brandon bought out the last three seasons of Rich Rodriguez's three-year contract last week. When Harbaugh went to the NFL, Miles appeared to be a logical choice to return Michigan to the glory days.  Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who retired after the 2007 season, also endorsed the hiring of his former assistant.
 
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel lauded Hoke telling ESPN.com's Joe Schad, "[Hoke is] a good man. He's a Michigan man. He's a Midwestern man. He's a good coach."  (Not said - he is a coach I can beat for another 7 straight years)
 
Though not an official "Michigan Man," Brady Hoke has coached at Ann Arbor and looks to bring the Wolverines back to prominence.  Hoke is scheduled to meet his new team Wednesday morning before being introduced at a news conference and perhaps fans at the Ohio State-Michigan basketball game.  He was on Carr's staff from 1995-2002, coaching the defensive line during the 1997 national championship season, and went on to turn around Ball State and San Diego State.

Hoke had four straight losing seasons, but led the Cardinals to a 12-1 record in 2008 as the Mid-American Conference coach of the year before leaving to lead the Aztecs. In his second and final year at San Diego, he helped the program have its first winning record and bowl berth since 1998 and was named Mountain West Conference coach of the year.

The Dayton, Ohio, native replaces Rodriguez, who was fired after going 15-22 in three disappointing seasons with the Wolverines. That includes an 0-6 mark against rivals Ohio State and Michigan State.

Hoke has 28 years of college experience with assistant coaching stints at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86), Toledo (1987-88), Oregon State (1989-94) and Michigan (1995-2002). He graduated from Ball State in 1982.

San Diego State gave Hoke a five-year contract worth $3,525,000 in December 2008 to replace the fired Chuck Long. He went 4-8 his first year but last season led the Aztecs to their first winning season (9-4) and bowl berth since 1998.

Hoke had been courted recently by Minnesota, which ultimately hired Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill. Last month, Hoke signed a two-year extension through 2015 that came with a raise -- and a $1.5 million buyout.
 
One of Hoke's first tasks will be persuading Denard Robinson to stay put. The sensational quarterback, who became the NCAA's first player to throw and run for 1,500 yards, came to Michigan because he wanted to run Rodriguez's spread offense.  Robinson wouldn't commit to returning if Rodriguez was fired and he hasn't commented publicly since.

Miles Turns Down Michigan Offer
January 11, 2011 2:30 pm EST

It appears the hunt is still ongoing for the Michigan football coach.  Les Miles will remain LSU's coach after talking with Michigan officials.  LSU athletic director Joe Alleva released a statement Tuesday confirming that Miles will return for a seventh season with the Tigers.

Miles met with Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and other school representatives Monday night in Baton Rouge but did not return with them to Ann Arbor. He reportedly met with Alleva later Monday.  The meeting came just three days after LSU celebrated a 41-24 victory over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl that gave Miles his fourth season with at least 11 wins with the Tigers.

Miles is 62-17 with a 2007 national championship in six seasons at LSU since taking over in 2005. He has four years remaining on his contract.

Miles was an offensive lineman on two Big Ten championship teams at Michigan under the late Bo Schembechler, who later gave Miles his first chance to be an assistant coach in 1980. Brandon is a former teammate.

Miles' current LSU contract pays him $3.75 million per year, runs through 2014 and includes an annual one-year roll-over at the discretion of the athletic director that could extend the deal to 2015. The contract also would make him among the three highest-paid college coaches should he win a second national title with the Tigers.

Les Miles Interviews for the Michigan Coaching Vacancy
January 11, 2011 5:30 am EST

All reports indicate that LSU head coach Les Miles has spoke with the University of Michigan about their coaching vacancy.  No indication as the full extent of the conversation but it is being reported by several media outlets that if they offer him the job, he will accept it.  Michigan offered 6 million dollar contract to former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, who since accepted the job for the San Francisco 49ers.

Miles was both a player and coach at Michigan.


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