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Former Michigan tight end Jake Butt, left, and former offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, right, are Ohio natives.

Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are going camping in Ohio, Next Generation goes to Iowa, and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Friday, May 5, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


We’ve received information every day this week on where Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan coaching staff will be spending time on the satellite camp circuit. The latest spot is Cleveland, where the staff will be a part of a camp at John Carroll University on Friday, June 2.

Former Michigan director of football operations and defensive analyst Rick Finotti was hired as head coach at John Carroll in January, returning him to his hometown. John Carroll was a Division III national semifinalist last season under Tom Arth, who left to take over at FCS member Chattanooga.

This announcement increases Michigan’s satellite camp total to six — Valdosta (Ga.) State on June 4, Florida Atlantic on June 5, Tennessee State and Tulane on June 9, and UCLA on June 11. New NCAA regulations limits to 10 the number of offseason camps coaches can work away from their campuses.

Cleveland is one of the richest talent areas for recruiting in Ohio, just as Detroit is in the state of Michigan, so Harbaugh is going to take any chance he gets to make his program’s presence known in that city. Michigan had 14 players from Ohio on its roster last season, including departed seniors Jake Butt, Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, De’Veon Smith, Dymonte Thomas and Kyle Kalis.

Kalis went to high school at Lakewood St. Edward on Cleveland’s west side. Finotti was his high school coach.

Michigan will host camps June 3 and 10 for specialists, as well as June 16 (linemen), June 17 (QBs and skill positions), June 23 (elite prospects) and June 24.

Next Generation in Iowa City

I’m in the shadows of the University of Iowa today meeting with 2017 Michigan signee Oliver Martin at Iowa City West High School as part of Land of 10’s Next Generation series. Martin is a 6-foot-1, 189-pound wide receiver who could be going to college on a Division I swimming or baseball scholarship if he hadn’t chosen football.

You can join us for a Facebook Live chat at 12:15 p.m. on the Land of 10 Michigan Facebook page. Keep an eye out for my report on my visit with Martin later today here at Landof10.com.

Softball looks to finish strong

Michigan needs one win in its final three regular-season games this weekend at Rutgers to secure the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament, which it is hosting.

The No. 19 Wolverines (38-10-1, 17-3 Big Ten) have an outside shot at winning the regular-season title and taking the No. 1 seed, but that would require sweeping Rutgers (14-34, 5-15). Plus, No. 4 Minnesota (48-3, 19-1) would have to get swept in its three-game series at Penn State (22-29, 8-12).

Michigan has won six straight games. Senior RHP Megan Betsa leads the nation with 353 strikeouts and has a comfortable lead of 55 in that category.

Baseball hosts Ohio State

Michigan enters the final three weeks of the regular season with a chance to secure a top-three Big Ten finish while padding its NCAA Tournament resumé. The No. 17 Wolverines (33-10, 9-6) are tied with Minnesota, Iowa and Purdue for third place in the conference behind Maryland (30-13, 13-5) and Nebraska (26-16-1, 9-5-1).

Michigan welcomes Ohio State to Ray Fisher Stadium this weekend for a three-game series.

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