Michigan’s camp schedule gets 2 additions, a grad transfer gives Wolverines a look and more
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Today is Friday, June 2, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Satellite schedule continues to grow
Jim Harbaugh plans to jam as much work as possible into the 10-day window the NCAA allows him and his staff to attend satellite camps. They’ll be racking up the air miles to do it, too. Two more camps have popped up on the schedule, one in San Diego on June 10 and one in Charlotte, N.C., on June 11. The Michigan staff has been linked to as many as 13 offseason camps.
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Michigan kicks off its tour today with stops at Mercer in Macon, Ga., and at John Carroll in Cleveland. Former Michigan assistant Rick Finotti was hired as the coach at John Carroll in January, which gives the Wolverines a foot in the door to a camp in Ohio State’s back door.
The addition of the San Diego camp takes Harbaugh back to the site of his first job as a head coach. He led the Toreros to a 29-6 record in three seasons, from 2004-06, before he took the job at Stanford in 2007. Michigan, which has not released or confirmed any satellite camp dates, also has been linked to a camp at UCLA on June 11. That report came straight from UCLA coach Jim Mora, who made the announcement on Rich Eisen’s radio show.
A Sunny visit
Former Miami offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu visited Michigan Thursday and reportedly had “an amazing” time in Ann Arbor as he looks for schools as a graduate transfer. Odogwu played in just four games for the Hurricanes last season before an injury to his left ankle ended his year. Michigan is thin in depth at offensive line, and Odogwu will be eligible to play immediately wherever he transfers.
Odogwu has something to his credit few offensive linemen can claim: a touchdown.
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Big names on College Hall of Fame ballot
Jumbo Elliott, Rick Leach and Charles Woodson are three of the best players ever to play at Michigan. Their names were among those announced Thursday on the ballot for the 2018 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Baseball to play Florida Gulf Coast
The NCAA baseball tournament gets underway Friday for Michigan as the Wolverines (42-15) face Florida Gulf Coast (42-18) in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 1 p.m. Michigan is the No. 3 seed in the regional after receiving the final at-large bid into the field of 64. FGCU was ranked as high as No. 9 this season and owns wins against traditional state powers Florida State, Florida and Miami. The Eagles have won 14 of their last 16 games. The winner advances to face the winner of the game between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 4 Davidson.
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) June 2, 2017
ChadTough in action
Michigan and the ChadTough Foundation are indelibly linked, a bond that was further cemented last month with the inaugural Champions of Change Gala that raised more than $1 million for research and awareness into DIPG, a pediatric brain cancer. The Foundation previously had pledged $1.5 million in donations to Michigan Medicine’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Initiative. Here’s a look at how the money is being put to use.
Sound Mind, Sound Body finds new life
One of the consequences of the new NCAA restrictions on satellite camps was the end of the successful Sound Mind, Sound Body camp that had run the last 13 years in the Greater Detroit area. College coaches no longer may participate in camps run by private organizations, and the camps they do participate in must be held on college campuses or the facility the college team uses primarily.
According to MLive.com’s Kyle Austin, the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp has been re-invented as the Best of the Midwest Football Academy. Grand Valley State will host a camp with its coaches running things on June 9-10.