Michigan and Jim Harbaugh paint(ball) Rome maize and blue, new hockey coach announced, 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 team.
Today is Monday, April 24, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
Rome has been home to many famous painters throughout history. Caravaggio. Raphael. Botticelli. Some guy named Michelangelo.
The Michigan football team worked in paints Tuesday on Day 3 of its trip to Rome, but it’s highly doubtful the Wolverines will go down in history for their efforts. Not that they didn’t have fun, though.
A day after traversing the city by foot, Michigan started Tuesday by playing paintball. They are scheduled to visit Pope Francis’ summer residence later in the day, but first things first:
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) April 25, 2017
Coach Jim Harbaugh put his Tuesday-best clothes on and led the charge for his players and coaching staff.
— Sean Magee (@UMichMagee) April 25, 2017
Harbaugh on Team 2 "we have a very aggressive team" pic.twitter.com/OvexyKWm1l
— angelique (@chengelis) April 25, 2017
Mel Pearson hired as hockey coach
Michigan introduced Mel Pearson as its new hockey coach on Monday, succeeding his mentor Red Berenson, who retired on April 10 following 33 seasons as the Wolverines coach. Pearson was an assistant under Berenson from 1988 to 2011 before taking the head coaching job at Michigan Tech, where he has spent the last six seasons.
Pearson was part of Berenson’s staffs that won NCAA national titles in 1996 and 1998. He has set his sights on the same goal for the program now that he’s in charge.
Pearson compares Michigan to getting the keys to a car: "Come September, that car is headed in one direction – St. Paul, Minnesota."
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) April 24, 2017
Softball stars selected in pro draft
Senior right-handed pitcher Megan Betsa and senior outfielder Kelly Christner were chosen in the National Pro Fastpitch college draft Monday night. Betsa, who leads the nation with 357 strikeouts this season, was the No. 7 overall selection by the Akron Racers. Christner was picked No. 20 by USSSA Pride. She leads Michigan with a .408 batting average, .526 on-base percentage and .608 slugging percentage.
ICYMI: Megan Betsa and Kelly Christner were selected in last night’s @profastpitch Draft!
— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) April 25, 2017
The Wolverines are 34-10-1, 14-3 in the Big Ten. They are in second place in the conference, trailing Minnesota (43-3, 16-1). Michigan will host the Big Ten Tournament May 11-13.
- Michigan may have found a grad transfer point guard to take the place of Derrick Walton Jr.
- The Michigan women’s tennis team won a share of the Big Ten title and will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The men’s team also will be the No. 2 seed in its Big Ten tournament after finishing in second place in the league.
- Night games are rare at Michigan Stadium, but they could become more frequent starting this season.