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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh meets fans in Rome.

Michigan getting its feet wet in Italy, Jim Harbaugh with a no-no, an NCAA champ, 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 Monday, April 24, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Michigan’s football team wasted little time getting acclimated to Italy. The Wolverines arrived in Rome on Sunday morning and by early afternoon they were at the Villa Borghese Gardens and visiting a refugee camp before the day was finished.

Day 2 got started bright and early with a walking tour of the city that began at the Piazza di Spagna.

Obviously, Jim Harbaugh never listened to his mother when she told him not to play ball in the house. Or a shopping mall. A really nice shopping mall. He even got passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton’s son in trouble.

Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade caught the culprits in the act:

While the football team is in Italy for the week, there are other happenings around Michigan athletics.

National champion x 2

Sophomore Anthony McCallum won his second straight NCAA vault title Saturday at the national gymnastics meet in West Point, N.Y. McCallum scored 15.10 to capture the championship, while sophomore teammate Emyre Cole also earned All-America honors with a third-place finish (14.90).

Softball takes 2 of 3 at Wisconsin

The No. 19 Wolverines made quick work of Wisconsin on Sunday, beating the Badgers 8-0 in 5 innings to improve to 34-10-1 on the season and earn another softball series victory. Michigan came back from a 1-0 loss in 11 innings in the series opener Friday to win 10-2 on Saturday, also in 5 innings.

The Wolverines are 14-3 in the Big Ten and remain in second place behind No. 5 Minnesota (43-3, 16-1). There are two more weeks of regular-season play before Michigan hosts the Big Ten Tournament, May 11-13.

Baseball avoids sweep with Sunday victory

The No. 13 baseball team beat Indiana, 12-5, on Sunday after losing the first two games of the series, 1-0 on Friday and 12-9 on Saturday. Michael Hendrickson improved to 4-1 on the season by pitching six innings in the series finale, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 without walking a batter.

The Wolverines are 31-9, 7-5 in the Big Ten, leaving them in fifth place in the conference.

Big Ten golf champ

Sophomore Elodie Van Dievoet became Michigan’s first women’s individual Big Ten golf champion when she finished three rounds at 6 under par to win the conference title over the weekend at the TPC River’s Bend course near Cincinnati. Her 210 score was a career-best and a Michigan conference tournament record.

Breakfast links

  • It’s NFL draft week. Orlando D. Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at some of the top safeties available, including one from Michigan.
  • One QB Michigan was eying for the Class of 2018 has committed to UCLA, where former Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch is now the offensive coordinator.
  • Is Michigan close to hiring Red Berenson’s successor as hockey coach?
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