Michigan switches camps from UCLA to USC, still hitting SoCal hard
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 Wednesday, June 7, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Changes in LA-LA land
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan coaching staff will be in Los Angeles Sunday for a satellite football camp, but not in the location originally thought.
Michigan is now among the coaching staffs who are scheduled to be at USC’s Rising Stars camp on Sunday. UCLA coach Jim Mora had announced on the Rich Eisen radio show during the NFL draft in April that he and Harbaugh would be co-hosting a camp at UCLA.
Sam Webb of TheMichiganInsider.com first reported the switch. Michigan is one of six Big Ten teams expected at USC, including Ohio State and Wisconsin.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) June 6, 2017
This isn’t the first change in the Michigan camp schedule. A trip to Tulane was canceled after in-state SEC power LSU pressured the Green Wave to keep Michigan out.
Harbaugh told reporters at the John Carroll camp last Friday that putting together a camp schedule was more challenging this year than last. The NCAA implemented new rules this year restricting coaches to working camps in a 10-day period, as well as making sure those camps are all on college campuses.
Michigan attended 40 satellite camps last year, including hosting several out-of-state camps at local high schools and other venues that helped attract players and broaden an already vast recruiting reach.
“This year with the changing landscape, we offered our services. I think it was a function of who wanted us as much or more than [anything] where we ended up going,” Harbaugh said. “We had to get invited … We threw our hat in the ring at a lot of places. We’re happy to be here.”
Barring other changes, Michigan is scheduled to be in Nashville (Tennessee State) on Friday, and at a pair of camps on Saturday on opposite ends of the country. Some of the coaches will be at Sacred Heart in Connecticut, while others will be at the University of San Diego. That is the school where Harbaugh held his first college head coaching job, and it makes logistical sense with the Wolverines planning on being somewhere in Los Angeles on Sunday.
— Bobby Jay (@CoachBobbyJay) June 6, 2017
Wrapping it up from South Florida
Rachel Lenzi was in South Florida for the Florida Atlantic camp the Michigan coaches attended. She’s got the wrap-up on the camp, including catching up with four-star 2018 quarterback Joe Milton.
Milton committed to the Wolverines on May 7. He had been in Los Angeles over the weekend competing in the Elite 11 finals, and arrived in his hometown of Orlando early Monday morning following a red-eye flight. He and his mother then drove three hours south to make the camp in Boca Raton.
BTN to air Michigan-Air Force game
The Big Ten Network released its football broadcast schedule for the first three weeks of the 2017 season on Tuesday. Michigan’s Sept. 16 home game against Air Force is part of the schedule. The game is slated for a noon kickoff.
Michigan opens the season on Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET against Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, before playing Cincinnati on Sept. 9 at noon ET in its home opener. The Florida game will be on ABC, while the game against Cincinnati will be on either ABC or ESPN.
Here’s BTN entire schedule for the first three weeks:
🔜 @B1Gfootball on BTN. 👀
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) June 6, 2017
Next Gen up today
Join me today at noon ET from Olney, Md., where I’ll be speaking with 2017 Michigan linebacker Jordan Anthony on Facebook Live. The 15-minute chat session will include time for reader comments and questions.
Anthony played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the past two seasons, where he helped the Ascenders go undefeated both seasons. He participated in the The Opening Finals last year, and he was one of the first players to get an offer from Michigan after Jim Harbaugh was hired in late 2014. We’ll discuss, among other things, the possibility of Anthony playing two sports at Michigan.
This is part of Land of 10’s Next Generation series, which aims to bring fans and readers closer to next season’s freshmen class. Land of 10 recently profiled incoming freshmen Oliver Martin and Deron Irving-Bey as part of this series.
Track and Field nationals begin
Michigan is sending eight athletes to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Track and Field national championships. The meet starts Wednesday with the men’s competition, while the women’s meet begins Thursday. You can get the entire schedule, including heat sheets and results, here.
MGoBlue.com’s Steve Kornacki has good profiles of decathlete Steven Bastien, as well as distance runner Gina Sereno. Sereno won Big Ten titles in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters but will focus on the 5,000 at nationals.