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November 18, 2011

Michigan Newsstand - Nov. 18


Nebraska's successful entrance into Big Ten sets up marquee matchup with Michigan football team
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
It's been 49 years since the Michigan football team played Nebraska in the regular season. Now, it'll do it every season -- starting with a game that has a possible BCS berth on the line. My, how the times have changed.


Men's Basketball Clips Western Illinois
Michigan fended off Western Illinois 59-55


Michigan football team's Greg Mattison, Brady Hoke break down Nebraska's option, how to stop it
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
The option remains the Cornhuskers' biggest punch, and the Wolverines' youthful defense will be challenged by the look when the teams square off at noon Saturday on ESPN.

Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges says Denard Robinson's play has improved
Angelique S. Chengelis • The Detroit News
With the arrival of coach Brady Hoke came a switch in defensive and offensive schemes. Robinson is no longer running the spread option, but a hybrid, pro-style with spread elements. Indeed, his numbers look different from a year ago.

Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons opens up about last year's struggles, this year's turnaround
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
The sophomore is 8-for-11 on the season - doubling Michigan's four makes as a team last year - and his 72.7-percent clip is fifth in the Big Ten. It's been a remarkable turnaround for the West Palm Beach, Fla., native, and it's given him insight into what went wrong last year.

Michigan cornerback J.T. Floyd making some plays -- and remembering them
Mark Snyder• The Detroit Free Press
Michigan junior J.T. Floyd has many positive traits for playing cornerback: speed, spatial sense and intelligence. But one trait he does not have is a short memory. He remembers a lot of plays, especially the bad ones.

Michigan's Brady Hoke 8th-highest paid college football coach
AnnArbor.com Staff • AnnArbor.com
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke is one of 64 college football coaches making more than $1 million a year, USA Today reports.

'Biased' Brady Hoke: U-M was better than Nebraska in 1997
The Detroit News
Brady Hoke was a member of Michigan's defensive staff in 1997 when the Wolverines shared the national championship with Nebraska. Hoke, now Michigan's head coach, admits he hasn't thought much about that as he continues preparing his 20th-ranked team to face 17th-ranked Nebraska on Saturday at Michigan Stadium, but he does have an opinion on the shared national title.

Fewer passes, but more wins for Michigan football
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
Michigan is passing seven fewer times per game this season than in 2010, but it doesn't bother offensive coordinator Al Borges.


The key to Michigan stopping Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez? Force him to pass, Lincoln Journal Star reporter says
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Lincoln Star Journal beat writer Brian Christopherson, who has covered the team for four years, says it's pretty simple, but harder to execute than one might think: Force him to the air.

Moore playing through the pain of father's death
Matt Miller • Omaha.com
Two days after his father's death, Terrence Moore started in the 17-14 win at Penn State, recording six tackles. "He never made it to any of my games. I just looked at it as, this was the first one he could make it to," the Husker senior said.

Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David to get rematch against Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
The senior was a two-star recruit coming out of Northwestern High School in Miami, Fla., and was slated to enroll at Middle Tennessee State. However, he eventually rescinded his commitment there and enrolled at Fort Knox (Kan.) Community College for two years before transferring to Nebraska last year.


Michigan basketball team continues offensive woes in 59-55 win against Western Illinois
Nick Baumgardner • AnnArbor.com
The 17th-ranked Wolverines shot 45 percent from the floor, 64 percent from the foul line and looked out of sorts offensively for most of Thursday night in a clunky 59-55 win over Western Illinois at Crisler Arena.

Michigan forward Jordan Morgan turns in best game of the season vs. Western Illinois
Nick Baumgardner • AnnArbor.com
Sophomore forward Jordan Morgan turned in arguably the best performance by a Michigan big man this season during a 59-55 win over Western Illinois on Thursday, scoring 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting while grabbing four rebounds, collecting two steals and blocking a shot.

Michigan notes, quotes from win over Western Illinois
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
Michigan went on a 14-2 run over nearly 9 minutes to gain command of the game midway through the first half, 19-10, then realized it wouldn't be that easy. Western Illinois started dropping threes, hitting 6-for-9 on the way to a 28-28 halftime tie. Michigan was able to gain a little cushion with a 7-0 run early in the second half, but spent the rest of the game hanging on.


Syracuse's Bernie Fine placed on leave
Mark Schwarz and Arty Berko • ESPN.com
Two former Syracuse University ball boys say they were molested by associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine, starting in the late 1970s and continuing into the 1990s.

David Joyner vows change at Penn St.
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
The new leader of Penn State's athletic department promised change Friday for an athletic department in turmoil after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15-year span.

Kenny Knight pleads not guilty to battery
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
Knight appeared in court Thursday after being arrested after a fight Saturday night. He's accused of punching a man in the head and then running when police spotted him.

Rose Bowl wouldn't turn away Penn St.
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
The chief administrative officer of the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio says if Penn State wins the Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions will be free to play in the top-tier postseason game as far as he's concerned.

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