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Michigan players visited the Piazza di Spagna during their trip to Rome.

Michigan says ‘addio’ to Rome, why Jim Harbaugh is staying longer, tennis goes for two titles, 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 day 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 Sunday, April 30, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Most of the Michigan football team is headed home after leaving Rome on Sunday morning. The Wolverines wrapped up a week in Italy with a final practice Saturday at Stadio dei Marmi. Some players are headed to other countries for study abroad programs, while coach Jim Harbaugh and his family have some family business they’ve been anxiously awaiting.

Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, are having their newborn son John Paul baptized Sunday at the Vatican. Daughter Addie is going to receive her First Communion.

Sean Keeler has been with Michigan the entire week for Land of 10. He wrote a story Saturday that outlined how quarterback Wilton Speight is responding to a push from backup Brandon Peters as well as the constant pushing from Harbaugh. He also got Harbaugh’s reaction to critics of the trip. Let’s just say Harbaugh isn’t too worried about the critics, which shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.

Football took up the majority of the final three days of the trip, but the overall experience is one that has Harbaugh wanting to plan more offseason excursions for the Wolverines.

Once they return home, it will be back to work for the coaches. The recruiting world never stops.

Record day at NFL draft

Michigan had more players selected in this weekend’s NFL draft than any other team, and the 11 players chosen are a record for the program. That tops the 10 Michigan players taken in the 1972 and 1974 drafts, when the NFL held 17-round events. Check out Rachel Lenzi’s story on the accomplishment.

Several more players have signed with teams as undrafted free agents, including running back De’Veon Smith (Miami) and cornerback Channing Stribling (Cleveland). You can see which players have signed where on the Land of 10 tracker.

Tennis finals x 2

Michigan’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will play for Big Ten titles on Sunday against Ohio State after winning their semifinal matches on Saturday.  Both teams are seeded second in their tournaments and beat the No. 3 teams to advance. The women defeated Northwestern, 4-1, at Illinois, while the men beat Illinois, 4-2, at Purdue.

This is the first time since 2013 that the men have reached the tournament final. Michigan, ranked No. 16 in the country, has won 37 Big Ten titles, but none since 1996. The championship match is at 11 a.m. ET.

The Michigan women, ranked No. 10, are playing in the championship match for the 13th consecutive year, and for the third straight year they are facing Ohio State. The teams have split the last two championships. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

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