Michigan tour continues in Kiffin Country, baseball ends season, Jim Harbaugh talks unis, and more
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Today is Monday, June 5, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
Michigan camping tour travels on
A 6 a.m. flight awaited Michigan coaches Saturday after their satellite camp doubleheader in Macon, Ga., and Cleveland on Friday. They headed for camps in Maryland and Virginia Saturday, before finding themselves in Texas and Georgia (again) on Sunday.
The itinerary for Monday is focused on South Florida, where coach Jim Harbaugh and staff will be at Florida Atlantic’s camp, along with new Owls coach Lane Kiffin.
— Kevin Smith (@KevinSmithRB) May 19, 2017
Bowie State was the Maryland stop on Saturday. Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton is old friends with Bowie State coach Damon Wilson.
Isaiah Hole of 247Sports was at the Bowie State camp, where he spoke with all-purpose back prospect Mychale Salahuddin of Washington, D.C., and DE Eyabi Anoma of Baltimore about their Michigan offers and schedules for summer visits. Salahuddin and Anoma are both 4-star prospects in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. While Michigan isn’t considered the leader to sign either player, it never hurts to continue building relationships.
You can read Michigan satellite camp previews here.
Baseball season ends with loss to North Carolina
The best season for Michigan baseball in nearly a decade came to a disappointing end Saturday with an 8-1 loss to top-seeded North Carolina in an NCAA Tournament regional at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Wolverines went 42-13 in the regular season and finished second in the Big Ten but lost their final four games: two straight in the Big Ten Tournament and two straight in the regional. They lost their opener against Florida Gulf Coast, 10-6, on Friday.
Michigan led the Big Ten in team ERA in the regular season, but its pitching struggled down the stretch. The Wolverines led 1-0 through four innings on a Drew Lugbauer solo home run in the second inning, but Michigan pitchers walked 9 batters and hit 3 more to aid the Tar Heels’ comeback. Fourth-seeded Davidson was the surprise winner of the regional, beating North Carolina, 2-1, on Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals next weekend.
It was a rough weekend for the entire Big Ten. Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana, Maryland and Iowa went a combined 3-10 in the double-elimination tournament. None reached a regional final.
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) June 4, 2017
Malik Zaire to Florida near done deal
The saga concerning the transfer of former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire continued to develop during the weekend. The SEC amended its rule on graduate transfers at its spring meetings on Friday, clearing the way for Zaire to transfer to Florida and be eligible to play immediately. It’s not a done deal, but Zaire will visit Florida on Wednesday, with making a final decision the expected outcome.
Michigan opens the season against Florida on Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas.
People take their uniform combinations seriously. Some like a team’s traditional look, while others go gaga over any tweak or alteration.
Harbaugh told reporters Friday night during a camp John Carroll University that, yes, Michigan and apparel partner Nike have come up with an alternate uniform that will be used at least once in the 2017 season. Could it be in the opener against Florida?
“I don’t know,” Harbaugh said. “Some people like the element of surprise and I don’t know if I’m at liberty to say which one. I know which game it’s going to be … I don’t want to steal somebody else’s thunder.”
Harbaugh laughed at repeated attempts to elicit more specifics.
“I’m not going to give up any more information. I disclosed a lot there,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a fascinating thing. Our fan base has supported us most of the time. I think they will again with this.”
A master’s and a new job
Chris Bryant’s playing career at Michigan ended after the 2013 season because of injuries, but the former offensive lineman has been hired as the program’s new director of high school relations. Bryant played for Brady Hoke but remained close to the program after his playing career. He recently earned his master’s degree in social work.
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2017