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May 24, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - May 24

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Michigan football team could turn to freshmen Kyle Kalis, Erik Magnuson to shore up OL depth
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Offensive coordinator Al Borges said last week freshmen could compete at any spot this fall, but named Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson as leaders to see the field because of the Wolverines' woefully thin offensive line depth.

FOOTBALL

Michigan-Ohio State game to kick off at noon
The Associated Press The Detroit News
The 109th meeting in football of rivals Michigan and Ohio State will kick off at noon on Nov. 24 at Ohio Stadium.

Borton's Blog: Real Victors
John Borton TheWolverine.com
Folks tend to forget that players coming into Ann Arbor to strap on a winged helmet aren't Supermen, their physical giftedness aside. They're by no means perfect, or even fully mature. They're 17- and 18-year-old kids, who have a lot of growing up to do.

Michigan football team still in search of a No. 2 running back, and it may not be Vincent Smith
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
Denard Robinson will start at quarterback and Fitz Toussaint will get first dibs as the team's featured running back. But who else is in line to carry the football for the Wolverines in 2012?

Michigan's Devin Gardner, Russ Bellomy are works in progress at quarterback
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Presss
Offensive coordinator Al Borges said Friday on WTKA-AM (1050) that the "Deuce" package with both quarterbacks on the field at the same time will be expanded, because the coaches want to find a way to utilize Gardner's talents in the game alongside Robinson.

Michigan AD Dave Brandon against hosting playoffs at indoor Midwest sites; backs bowl inclusion amid criticism
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Brandon has cited cold weather as a principal reason he doesn't favor on-campus semifinals. Now, he says he also won't support playing a semifinal at an indoor Midwest site such as Ford Field in Detroit or Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which would take the weather out of the equation.

WOLVERINES IN THE NFL

Former U-M star Brandon Graham looks to prove he's not a bust
Brian Manzullo The Detroit Free Press
The former Wolverines defensive end, drafted 13th overall by the Eagles in 2010, is fighting to get back onto the field after starting in just six games in his first two seasons in Philadelphia.

Charles Woodson's first pitch at Brewers game is 'not-so-fast fastball'
The Detroit News
Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson threw out the first pitch for Wednesday's Brewers-Giants game at Miller Park. At least one eye witness says Woodson made the right career choice.

BASKETBALL

Michigan No. 6 in Sporting News' first top 25 basketball rankings
The Detroit News
Michigan, at No. 6, is one of five Big Ten teams in the Sporting News' first preseason top 25 men's basketball rankings.

Bates-Diop updates recruitment
Doug Bucshon OrangeandBlueNews.com
Currently sporting offers from DePaul, Northwestern, and Purdue, Bates-Diop is getting plenty of attention on the AAU circuit this spring and has more high major visits on tap.

FROM THE OTHER SIDELINE

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio: Big Ten villain?
The Detroit Free Press
Adam Rittenberg writes of Dantonio: "The seemingly permanent scowl. The deep, borderline monotone voice. The willingness to stick up for players who make mistakes and fuel rivalries. In many ways, Dantonio looks and sounds more like a villain than any of his Big Ten coaching brethren. Warm and fuzzy he is not, and while he has a unique sense of humor and can be charming, he comes off serious, intense and, some would say, confrontational. ... And if he keeps winning, the image will continue to grow."

RECRUITING

Recruiting: High-profile prospects impressed after visits to Michigan l
Tim Sullivan The Detroit Free Press
Although the school year has ended in Ann Arbor, that doesn't mean Michigan's coaching staff has gotten to rest on the recruiting trail. In fact, the Wolverines welcomed four high-profile visitors to campus during the weekend: one of the country's top 2013 defensive backs and three rising juniors.

Kizer has connections with latest offer
Josh Helmholdt Rivals.com
Class of 2014 quarterback DeShone Kizer from Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic is now up to five scholarship offers after adding one from Louisville earlier this week. This latest offer holds particular intrigue for the rising junior.

BASEBALL

Michigan baseball coach Rich Maloney fired after 10 seasons
The Detroit News
Maloney's contract was not renewed after Michigan suffered its second consecutive losing season, finishing 10th in the Big Ten and missing the six-team conference tournament for the third time in the past four years.

SOFTBALL

Absent a superstar, Michigan softball team has been team-first all season
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
The Wolverines returned All-American talent in Amanda Chidester, Ashley Lane and Bree Evans and have found an outstanding freshman go-to starter in Haylie Wagner. But an unquestioned superstar? Not in this dugout.

SOCCER

Michigan soccer alum Justin Meram on hot streak with MLS's Columbus Crew
Nick Cunningham AnnArbor.com
Meram scored his first goal for the Columbus Crew in a 2-1 win over FC Dallas on May 12, and the celebration that ensued was exactly what a first goal celebration should be, complete with a somersault.

AROUND THE NATION

Irish committed in Olympic sports
Andrea Adelson ESPN.com
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Wednesday that the school remains committed to the Big East for its Olympic sports, despite a recent report indicating that Texas AD DeLoss Dodds has reached out to gauge the program's interest in joining the Big 12.

Ohio State to give athletes iPads
The Associated Press ESPN.com
Dr. David Graham, Ohio State's assistant provost for student-athlete success, announced the decision on Wednesday.

Reeves Nelson files lawsuit
Peter Yoon ESPNLosAngeles.com
Embattled former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson has filed a lawsuit against Time Inc., the parent company of Sports Illustrated, and reporter George Dohrmann claiming defamation, false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to a copy of the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.



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