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Today is Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
Josh Wilk didn’t have a National Signing Day hat-choosing ceremony, but the University of Michigan student has earned a spot on the Wolverines football team nonetheless.
Wilk announced on his Twitter account Thursday that he successfully made the team after going through a tryout.
Tried out for the team this morning and am fortunate enough to say I will be continuing my football career as a Michigan Wolverine.〽️#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/tPnAF0ipQz
— Josh Wilk (@Jwilk_7) February 9, 2017
Wilk is a 2016 graduate of Warren De La Salle High School in the Detroit area, where he helped the program win the 2014 Division 2 state championship.
Michigan took applications for walk-on tryout spots from interested students on Monday and Tuesday. The process wasn’t open to the media, and Michigan didn’t announce how many players earned walk-on spots from the tryouts. Wilk won’t be the only player on the roster who got there via the tryout route. Ken Ferris, a tight end from Fowlerville, Mich., earned a spot after trying out last year.
One more time at The Joe
The Michigan and Michigan State men’s hockey teams play for the “Iron D” trophy Friday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. It will be the 57th game between the two rivals at the downtown Detroit arena, and possibly the last. Joe Louis Arena will be replaced as the home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings after 38 years by Little Caesar’s Arena next fall.
The Big Ten Tournament will be played at Joe Louis Arena in March, so there could be another meeting between the teams. But with Michigan currently fifth and Michigan State sixth in the six-team conference standings, the Wolverines and Spartans would have to reach the finals to meet again.
The puck drops Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The teams have played three times this season, with a 1-1-1 split. Michigan won in overtime in the third-place game at the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 30 at The Joe. Michigan State won 3-0 at Yost Ice Arena three weeks ago. The teams tied 2-2 at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing the following night, although the Wolverines got the extra point in the Big Ten standings by winning the shootout.
The teams will conclude this weekend’s series in Ann Arbor at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
- Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel recently took part in a roundtable discussion featuring African-American ADs with ESPN’s The Undefeated. Topics covered included extra scrutiny African-American ADs face as well as how they handle situations in which their student-athletes wish to make a public protest, such as Colin Kaepernick during national anthems last year.
- The Michigan Daily reports former Fab Five member Jalen Rose is going to add sitcom star to his résumé.
- Coach Carol Hutchins’ softball team opens its season Friday at the Wilson-DeMarini tournament in Tampa. The Wolverines are ranked No. 6 in the country after making a second consecutive NCAA Women’s College World Series last season. They play Delaware and Illinois State on Friday, then face No. 4 Florida and No. 25 South Florida on Saturday before finishing up against St. John’s on Sunday.