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June 7, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - June 7


Frustrated by late-arriving or no-show students, Michigan AD Dave Brandon backing 'loyalty program'
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
The loyalty program remains in its formative stages, but Brandon said he has a clear idea of what he hopes it will do: Reward students who attend non-revenue sports, as well as show up on time for revenue sports such as football and men's basketball.


Video: Glenn Robinson at Indiana Sr./Jr. all-star contest
Chris Balas • TheWolverine.com
Video of Michigan incoming freshman wing Glenn "Tre" Robinson III from the recent Indiana Senior - Junior all-star game in preparation for an upcoming clash with Kentucky's all-stars. Robinson led all scorers with 21 in a 104-97 win.


Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges scheming for Alabama's defense
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
Quarterback Denard Robinson should be a weapon for U-M because of his ability to change a play with his legs. So Borges is studying Alabama's games from last year against all types of offenses, although the Wolverines could face a unit with six new starters.

Brady Hoke: Michigan's top priority remains beating Ohio State, despite 4-game skid against MSU
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Coach Brady Hoke says the Michigan football team's top priority remains beating Ohio State, despite the Wolverines' current four-game losing streak against in-state rival Michigan State.

Report: UConn won't let Michigan switch venue of 2013 football game
James Jahnke • The Detroit Free Press
The Hartford Courant reports that new UConn athletic director Warde Manuel (a U-M graduate, by the way), said the game will not move to, say, Giants Stadium.

Michigan AD Dave Brandon reshapes athletic department to instill change
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Brandon said one of his goals in the restructuring was to create more oversight of his sports programs, after the football team was hit with major NCAA violations under Rodriguez.

Dave Brandon anticipates gradual increases in U-M football ticket prices
Angelique S. Chengelis • The Detroit News
Michigan increased football ticket prices for this fall's six home games, but could another increase be in the works? It certainly seems that's the direction.

Michigan's Dave Brandon: 'I can officially declare that Michigan is back'
Dawson Bell • The Detroit Free Press
University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon sounded more like a corporate turnaround specialist than jock in a presentation at the state capital today, describing the transformation of U-M sports during his 2-year tenure from a fractious culture that clung to the past to one that is working together and embracing change.

Borton's Blog: ITF Edition
John Borton • TheWolverine.com
Brady Hoke has never wavered on his contention that the "Ohio" game is "the … most … important … game … on … that … schedule." Nor should he. If he does what he plans to do over the next several years, other match-ups that look like titanic showdowns now could very well shrink back to historical proportions in the not-too-distant future.


Nearly a year after commiting to Michigan, Zak Irvin still loving the Wolverines
Nick Baumgardner • AnnArbor.com
Sixteen months is certainly more than enough time to change your mind, and it's also a large enough window to draw even more interest, take more phone calls from other programs and reconsider everything within the recruiting world. But for Irvin, that's just not happening. He's still every bit in love with the school he chose now as he was the day he decided it'd be his new home.

Ranking the coaching jobs: Big Ten
ESPN.com staff • ESPN.com
The U-M head coaching position comes in fourth among Big Ten programs.


Michigan State Spartans' Mark Dantonio Feels 'very Good' About His Football Team Heading into 2012
Adam C. Biggers • Yahoo.com
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio knows his team will be a favorite to compete for a Big Ten championship. The rest of the Big Ten knows that as well. However, Michigan State isn't rated as highly in preseason polls as some would expect.


Recruiting: Michigan commitments, targets bound for All-Star camps
Tim Sullivan • The Detroit Free Press
The summer camp season is typically when high school prospects to get noticed by colleges and play their way into a scholarship offer. Michigan's accelerated recruiting pace for the 2013 class has changed that, so it's unlikely the Wolverines will unearth many rising seniors deserving of offers at their summer camp this year.

Michigan football picks up Illinois long snapper for 2013 recruiting class
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
The Wolverines got their third commitment in less than a week as Ottawa (Ill.) long snapper Scott Sypniewski gave U-M his pledge as the No. 21 player in the class, according to Rivals.com.


Locals in MLB draft: O's take MSU's Boss; U-M signee Ross to Pirates
Detroit Free Press News Services• Detroit Free Press
Wolverines signee and shortstop Kevin Ross was selected by the Pirates in the eighth round at No. 256 overall. Ross led Niles West High in Skokie, Ill., to a 26-11 record


Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to Iowa
ESPN.com news services • ESPN.com
Uthoff told "Outside The Lines" reporter Steve Delsohn on Wednesday night that he will be attending Iowa even though Badgers coach Bo Ryan put severe limitations on his request to transfer.

SEC welcomes Missouri, Texas A&M
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive and the SEC held an official welcoming party for Missouri and Texas A&M, only three months before the Tigers and Aggies open their first football schedules as members of the conference.

Jury seated for Jerry Sandusky trial
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky's fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

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