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Michigan basketball assistant coach Billy Donlon

Michigan assistant Billy Donlon’s journey, John Beilein takes things in stride, Jim Harbaugh to be honored, and more

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 school.

Today is Friday, March 17, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Billy Donlon certainly is in a celebratory mood. Last March he was in Indianapolis looking for a job, and rooting against Michigan. Today he’s back in Indy helping the Wolverines as they seek a win against Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News has the story of Donlon, who was fired from Wright State last year after six years as its head coach, including three 20-win seasons.

Donlon is now a Michigan assistant whose main charge is directing the Wolverines defense. That defense will be tested against Oklahoma State, a team that is rated No. 1 in offensive efficiency by Ken Pomeroy’s analytics. OSU sophomore point guard Jawun Evans is playing as well as anyone in the country, including Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr.

It’s ‘John’

The Bankers Life Fieldhouse public address announcer warmly welcomed Michigan to its open practice session Thursday. There was just one slight problem — he fumbled the name of the Wolverines coach.

Maybe the PA man was thinking it was football season already? At least John Beilein knows how to take unintentional mistakes with a smile.

The open practice session usually is a light shootaround, a nice little show for fans. Beilein and Michigan held their normal, closed practice at nearby Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University.

Speaking of Jim

Jim Harbaugh is being inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame.

He also made sure to handle some personal business on Thursday.


No Michigan women’s basketball team has won as many games as this season’s team after a 67-60 victory against Kent State in the first round of the WNIT Thursday night at Crisler Center. The Wolverines are now 23-9.

Junior Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan with 22 points. Senior Siera Thompson played 28 minutes to become the school’s all-time leader in minutes played – men or women – with 4,571.

Michigan led by as many as 21 points before staving off Kent State’s late rally.

Michigan will host Wright State in the second round at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Next Generation

No, not Star Trek. If you haven’t seen our series profiling the 2017 Michigan football recruiting class, here’s your chance.

This week, meet linebacker Josh Ross from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in Michigan. The school has a legacy as one of the state’s best-ever programs, and Josh is doing more than just following in older brother James’ footsteps by signing with Michigan.

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