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March 30, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - March 30

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Justice Hayes, three early enrollees among Michigan football spring standouts
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
Brady Hoke rarely gets too specific with the media when asked his opinion on specific players. The Michigan football coach did, however, name several surprise standouts Thursday as the Wolverines approach the midway point of spring practice.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

With Video: Shawn Hunwick wears winged helmet in backup duty for NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets
Pete Cunningham AnnArbor.com
Former Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick, just five days removed from his last game for the Michigan hockey team, suited up for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, and has been signed by the team for the remainder of the season.

FOOTBALL

Done with excuses and no longer 'lazy,' Will Campbell hopes for big senior season at Michigan
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
Campbell heard all the excuses made for him a year ago and every year before that. But this spring, he's done listening to them. Now a senior and down to his last college football breath, he's done making them, too.

Michigan OL Taylor Lewan becoming a funny, indispensible leader
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Having started nine games his redshirt freshman year and all 13 last season, despite a spate of injuries, makes him one of the most experienced Wolverines -- and a leader by default.

Michigan's Stephen Hopkins 'overweight,' could be pushed at fullback by Thomas Rawls
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said on Thursday afternoon he likes what Hopkins has done through six spring practices - the seventh workout was slated for later in the day - but emphasized he wants the junior to "continue to grow from a maturity standpoint."

Monotony often rite of Michigan's spring practice
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
There's usually a rhythm in spring football practices -- with enough rest to make it not feel like fall camp or the regular season. Michigan's routine will change slightly this week with practices three straight days to accommodate a coaches clinic that could draw 500 participants.

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke in favor of scrimmaging other schools in the spring
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney proposed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the NCAA allow teams the option of scheduling intersquad scrimmages during the spring. Hoke said he would be in favor of that model.

Counting down the best NCAA football/basketball schools
Matt Hayes SportingNews.com
Michigan comes in at number eight.

Brady Hoke pleased with competition between Michigan players
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News
It is the midway point of Michigan's spring practice, and the Wolverines are in the midst of a three-day stretch of practices that will give coach Brady Hoke a good feel for how his team has progressed at this stage.

Borton's Blog: Five to watch
John Borton TheWolverine.com
Any spring game "five to watch" list changes weekly, because of names emerging, mentions by coaches, etc. Here's this week's five most anticipated sightings for April 14.

BASKETBALL

Mailbag: On Burke, spring ball
John Borton TheWolverine.com
Michigan basketball has ended for 2011-12, but the hoops talk hasn't quieted around Ann Arbor. Plenty are wondering if Trey Burke has played his last basketball for the Wolverines, and they're asking about it in the Mailbag.

RECRUITING

Opposing coach: Jake Butt is a matchup nightmare
Andy Reid TheWolverine.com
Pickerington (Ohio) North tight end Jake Butt has the size, speed, athleticism and skill to potentially be a hair-pulling nightmare for defensive coordinators around the Big Ten.

HOCKEY

Chris Brown signs with Phoenix, gives up senior year
Michael Spath TheWolverine.com
Not even a full week after Michigan's 2012 hockey season came to its proper conclusion, the first major hit to the program's prospects for next season has occurred as junior forward Chris Brown has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, voiding his final year with the Maize and Blue.

Michigan's Shawn Hunwick, MSU's Torey Krug miss cut for Hobey Baker award
The Detroit Free Press
Michigan State junior defenseman Torey Krug, the CCHA player of the year from Livonia, and Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick were among 10 semifinalists for the Hobey Baker award, honoring college hockey's top player. But neither made the cut to the final three today.

AROUND THE NATION

Stanford crushes Minnesota to win NIT championship
The Associated Press ESPN.com
The victory brought Stanford's season full circle. Back in November, the Cardinal let a late lead slip away in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden against a Syracuse team that would earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

College Football 411: Spring Football Position Battles
ESPN.com
ESPN writers and bloggers talk key position battles in the BCS conferences.

NCAA looking at governance model
The Associated Press ESPN.com
Speaking at the Final Four, NCAA president Mark Emmert said he has suggested to university presidents the creation of a committee to look at the possibility of changing the governance model to address the disparity between Division I schools and the rest of the membership.



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