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July 14, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - July 14


Michigan football over-under: Can Denard Robinson improve his interception numbers?
Nick Baumgardner • AnnArbor.com
At Michigan they take the good and the bad when it comes to Robinson. In 2011, there was plenty of good, and also a whole lot of bad.


Michigan-Ohio State ranked No. 1 Big Ten game by BTN writer, but is MSU game bigger?
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Big Ten Network writer Tom Dienhart ranked his top-20 games that involve Big Ten teams, and nine of the top 10 featured either Michigan or Michigan State.

Jim Delany 'disappointed' after Big Ten, Pac-12 call off partnership
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
As with everything in college sports, football was the impetus to create the partnership and then became the reason the agreement was suspended, announced Friday by both conferences.

Kovacs, Lewan Selected to 2012 Award Watch Lists
University of Michigan football senior safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) and senior/junior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) each have been named to 2012 awards watch lists.

Michigan football over-under: Can the Wolverines win more than half their road games?
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
The Wolverines will have to solve their road woes if they are to have any shot at matching last year's success. They will have to be better than .500 to do so.

Phil Steele breaks down, predicts Michigan-Alabama game
Kirkland Crawford • The Detroit Free Press
Looking forward to the Michigan-Alabama opener at Cowboys Stadium? Yeah, we are, too. And so is Phil Steele, renowned college football expert. On Thursday, he took to Twitter to preview the big game, scheduled for Sept. 1 in Arlington, Texas.

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke on Joe Paterno: 'It's just sad and unfortunate on all levels'
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Brady Hoke said former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal is "just sad and unfortunate on all levels."

National columnist: Michigan not good enough on defense to make BCS title run
Brian Manzullo • The Detroit Free Press
Michigan football made a four-win jump from 2010 to 2011 under first-year coach Brady Hoke, a season that ended with a Sugar Bowl win against Virginia Tech. So does that mean the Wolverines can make another jump -- into BCS championship contention? Not so fast, says CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman.


Tim Hardaway Jr. wants to have a 'Draymond Green' type of all-around season in 2012-13
Nick Baumgardner • AnnArbor.com
When asked what he wants to accomplish next season for the Wolverines, the 6-foot-6 guard's best basis for comparison comes from the depths of enemy territory.

Michigan's Trey Burke: 'We're national championship contenders'
Mark Snyder • The Detroit News
This year, the Wolverines are expecting to go deep into the NCAA Tournament, especially because point guard Trey Burke returned for his sophomore season instead of heading to the NBA.

In their first scrimmages, U-M freshmen stun Trey Burke and Co.
Rod Beard • The Detroit News
Michigan's 2012 recruiting class of five freshmen is not the Fab Five, but they're turning heads.


An early spin through Michigan State's football season: New-look EMU in town Sept. 22
Graham Couch • MLive.com
Obviously this is a difficult sell. But this is an Eastern Michigan program capable of upsetting a Big Ten team - just not this Big Ten team.


Charlton using The Opening as a learning experience
Tim Sullivan • TheWolverine.com
Thanks to a childhood love of basketball, Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive end Taco Charlton hasn't spent much time during his summers working on his technique on the gridiron. That he still manages to be ranked the No. 175 player overall and No. 8 weakside defensive end in the class of 2013 is a testament to his raw athleticism and potential.

Recruiting News Recap: Challenges and Openings
Tim Sullivan • TheWolverine.com
In this edition of the Recruiting News Recap, two big camps go down, Michigan suffers a brief decommitment scare (and one recruit moving the other way), and much, much more.


Pioneer grad Kara Lynn Joyce is 50 meters from 1st individual Olympic medal
AnnArbor.com Staff • AnnArbor.com
Kara Lynn Joyce stood 50 meters from making a third Olympic team.


Joe Paterno reworked deal
ESPN.com news services• ESPN.com
In the midst of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse investigation, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was planning his exit strategy, according to a report by the New York Times.

Joe Paterno may have faced charges
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
If he were alive today, Joe Paterno -- the coach who stood for so long for character and integrity both on and off the football field -- could be looking at charges such as child endangerment, perjury and conspiracy.

Renovations to start after trials
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
Penn State plans to renovate the building where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molested boys, confronting one of the most potent and sinister symbols of a scandal from which it is still trying to recover.

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