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April 11, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - Apr. 11

FEATURED HEADLINE

Michigan basketball celebrates seniors at banquet
Rod Beard The Detroit News
Without the suspense of Trey Burke's status - he announced Monday he would return to U-M for his sophomore season rather than leave for the NBA - the focus was squarely on the acknowledging the team's achievements.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Video: Morris speaks at Adidas Invitational
Tim Sullivan TheWolverine.com
With a long-standing commitment to Michigan and a ranking as the nation's No. 16 prospect, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris has little to prove. However, his competitive edge led him to take part in the Adidas Invitational on Saturday.

FOOTBALL

Jordan Kovacs: Michigan-Ohio State rivalry will 'take that next step' after Urban Meyer hire
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Both Michigan and Ohio State have stumbled in recent years, but appear to be trending upward with their new head coaches.

Zach Boren: Buckeyes constantly reminded of Michigan rivalry
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News
The Ohio State Buckeyes get a constant reminder of the Michigan-Ohio State game every time they enter their locker room. There is an endless loop of video highlights from the long history of the game.

Michigan to paint #GOBLUE hashtag on field for spring football game
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Michigan has long resisted advertising inside Michigan Stadium, but it's beginning to push its own product more. That continues with Saturday's Mott Spring Game when the Twitter hashtag #GOBLUE will be painted around the 25-yard line on the northeast and southwest sides of the field.

Michigan senior Jordan Kovacs: Big Ten championship remains top priority
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Coming off the most successful Michigan football season since 2006, the Wolverines insist they won't be complacent because they didn't reach their top goal: the Big Ten championship.

Michigan can't help anticipating games against Ohio State, Alabama
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News
During the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday featuring the Legends division schools, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was asked about the rivalry with Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

BASKETBALL

Trey Burke named Michigan basketball team's most valuable player
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
One day after announcing his intentions to return to the Michigan basketball program for his sophomore season, the 5-foot-11 point guard became just the eighth freshman in school history to be earn the Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award.

Glenn Robinson III Big Ten's highest rated 2012 signee
Chris Balas TheWolverine.com
Michigan's four-man class of 2012 haul will likely be among the nation's top five when Rivals.com releases its final team rankings April 13, boasting two signees in the top 30 and three in the top 100.

Colton Christian explains his decision to leave the Michigan basketball program
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
Christian was on hand Tuesday at the William Davidson Player Development Center to celebrate Michigan's 2011-12 season. And, despite his choice to leave the team, says he holds no bad feelings toward Michigan.

RECRUITING

Recruiting: Spring game draws several prospects to Michigan Stadium
Tim Sullivan TheWolverine.com
For most fans, Michigan's annual spring game is the lone chance to catch a glimpse of live-action football between the national championship in January and the next season's opening kick in August. For players and coaches, it's a chance to install new schemes, and improve some of those that needed tweaking from the fall.

Gedeon is No. 17 for Michigan
Tim Sullivan TheWolverine.com
After his visit to Ann Arbor in late February, it seemed like just a matter of time before Hudson (Ohio) linebacker Ben Gedeon committed to Michigan. After more than a month of waiting, it seemed like that optimism from Wolverine corners was waning, but Gedeon ended the suspense this evening.

HOCKEY

Six Former Wolverines to Shoot for Stanley Cup Beginning April 11
MGoBlue.com
The Wolverines will be represented by six alumni in the quest for hockey's holy grail, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as Andrew Ebbett (Vancouver Canucks), Hagelin, Mike Knuble (Washington Capitals), John Madden (Florida Panthers), Brendan Morrison (Chicago Blackhawks) and Summers all advanced to post-season play.

AROUND THE NATION

Urban Meyer defends time at Florida
The Associated Press ESPN.com
In his first speaking engagement with his Big Ten coaching peers, new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had to defend what he did in his last coaching job.

Next college basketball season starts ... now
Jesse Temple FoxSportsWisconsin.com
Which teams possess the talent to challenge for a national title again, which might take a brief fall from grace, and which could be surprisingly good?

NCAA accepts Baylor's penalties
ESPN.com news services ESPN.com
The NCAA on Wedneday accepted Baylor's self-imposed penalties and put the school on three years of probation in an infractions case involving more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages by basketball coaches to prep recruits.



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