Brienne Minor, Jabrill Peppers earn Michigan honors
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Today is Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Brienne Minor, Jabrill Peppers named Athletes of the Year
Brienne Minor became the first woman in Michigan history to win the NCAA singles championship in tennis. Jabrill Peppers played just about every position possible for the Wolverines’ football team the past two seasons.
On Monday, they were named Michigan’s Athletes of the Year by the Michigan Athletic Department.
— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) June 12, 2017
Minor was ranked No. 24 in the country but entered the NCAA Tournament unseeded. The sophomore knocked off three top-16 seeds, including No. 6 Belinda Woodcock of Florida 6-3, 6-3 in the final, to make Michigan history. She finished the season with a 33-6 record and helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA Tournament round of 16 as a team.
Peppers was an All-America selection and a Heisman Trophy finalist last season after playing 15 positions between offense, defense and special teams. The Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round of the NFL draft in April. He is the first football player to be named the university’s Male Athlete of the Year since Braylon Edwards in 2005.
The Michigan Football Radio Show has a new host. Brad Galli, sports anchor at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit, will replace longtime host Jim Brandstatter on the in-season weekly show featuring Jim Harbaugh.
Brandstatter said the decision was his to leave the show. He remains the radio play-by-play voice of the Wolverines and works as an analyst on Detroit Lions broadcasts.
Pack the basketball bags
Michigan hasn’t released its nonconference schedule, but according to MLive.com’s Brendan F. Quinn, it will include a lot of air miles in a short period of time.
A few games and dates are known from various reports. The team will play in the Maui Invitational before Thanksgiving (Nov. 20-22) and then face reigning NCAA champion North Carolina on the road as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup the following week. Michigan has a home game vs. UCLA on Dec. 9, according to the Bruins’ nonconference schedule, and the Wolverines will help open the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Dec. 16 against Detroit Mercy.
According to Quinn’s report, a trip to Austin to face Texas is scheduled for Dec. 12.
Central Michigan will meet Michigan at the Crisler Center on Nov. 13, according to CMU’s schedule release.
LaVall Jordan hired at Butler
Former Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan nearly led Milwaukee to the NCAA Tournament in March. Jordan now will get a chance to lead his alma mater, Butler.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) June 13, 2017
Jordan was named Butler’s new coach Monday, replacing Chris Holtmann, who left to take the job at Ohio State. Jordan spent six seasons on John Beilein’s staff at Michigan (2010-11 to 2015-16) before taking the job at Milwaukee. The Panthers finished 10th in the Horizon League during the regular season but won three games in the conference tournament, including beating No. 2 seed Valparaiso, before losing to Northern Kentucky in the championship game.
Jordan helped Michigan reach the 2013 national championship game and 2014 Elite Eight. He received plenty of well wishes from former Michigan players on social media.
Wow congrats to @LaVall_Jordan no one more deserving of that job…might have to be a butler fan now🤔 lol
— Caris LeVert (@CarisLeVert) June 13, 2017
Congrats to @LaVall_Jordan! Really happy for you and your family! Butler got a great one!
— Derrick Walton (@DerrickWalton10) June 13, 2017
Erik Bakich to South Carolina?
Baseball coach Erik Bakich is a candidate for the same position at South Carolina, according to SEC Country’s Mike Wilson.
Michigan finished 42-17 and second in the Big Ten, but the season had a tough end. The Wolverines lost their final four games, two in the Big Ten Tournament and two in the NCAA regional at North Carolina.