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 Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
Big Ten baseball coaches picked Michigan as the conference’s No. 2 team behind Maryland in the preseason poll, it was announced Wednesday. Junior infielders Jake Bivins and Drew Lugbauer, as well as junior starting pitcher Oliver Jaskie, were named to the preseason conference honors list.
— Big Ten Baseball (@B1Gbaseball) February 15, 2017
The Wolverines open their season Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with a four-game series against Seton Hall. The games are being played at the spring training complex of the New York Mets. The opener Friday and finale Sunday will be played at Tradition Stadium, while a doubleheader on Saturday will be played on an auxiliary field.
The Wolverines were 36-21 last season and return 23 players, including seven regular starters and two starting pitchers. Head coach Erik Bakich is entering his fifth season and seeking to get Michigan back to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Tournament in 2015 but missing out on an at-large bid last season.
Michigan will play 15 games against 10 different teams in three different states, covering 8,538 miles, before playing its first home game on March 17 against Northern Illinois. Hey, it’s less travel time than last season when the Wolverines went 18,454 miles in the first five weeks of the season with games in Florida, California and Hawaii (plus a stop in Oklahoma).
Sorry, but you can’t be here
College assistant coaches hoping to attend the Detroit Free Press Football Dream Team ceremony Wednesday were informed they couldn’t because of an NCAA bylaw restricting their presence during what is considered a “quiet time” in the recruiting calendar.
The rule falls under bylaw 22.214.171.124 Attendance outside a contact or evaluation period.
Quiet periods are times when coaches may not have any in-person contact with prospective student-athletes or their parents. The exception to this rule is when a coach is speaking at a banquet or event. Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton, Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego and new Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester were speakers at the ceremony.
The State of Michigan chapter of the National Football Foundation hosts the annual event celebrating the best players in the state. Chapter president Tony Versaci informed the crowd gathered at the Dearborn Inn the reason why tables that were expected to be full of coaches were empty. His voice was tinged with disappointment as he told the crowd about a message he received from the Michigan State staff about their decision.
Michigan assistants Greg Mattison and Michael Zordich were at the reception preceding the event but left before the ceremony began.
- In case you didn’t know, the home basketball game against No. 11 Wisconsin on Thursday night is Social Media Night at Crisler Center. Free T-shirts and big emoji heads. What’s not to like?
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) February 15, 2017
- Dan Dakich apologized to Michigan State and head coach Tom Izzo. Well, not really an apology, but it was something.
- That’s more than he provided “The Jamie and Stoney Show” after no-showing for a scheduled interview on the morning radio show on 97.1 FM in Detroit.
— Jamie and Stoney (@JamieandStoney) February 15, 2017