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 school.
Today is Monday, Feb. 13, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
There aren’t too many people who can straddle both sides of Michigan vs. Ohio State and be honored by both rivals. Dave Adolph could and was, serving as the honorary captain for both teams at last November’s game in Columbus.
Adoph passed away Sunday morning at the age of 79. Here’s a good look at Adoph from Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal. Adolph spent the past two seasons as a senior defensive analyst for Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh.
We have lost one of the truly great ones. Coach Dave Adolph who brought joy to all he met and associated. "Do you love football?"
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 12, 2017
Adolph coached for seven different college programs, including two stints with Ohio State (working with Woody Hayes, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer) and two stints with Harbaugh. Adolph was Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator at San Diego from 2004-06.
Michigan’s defense ranked No. 1 in the NCAA last season in yards per game, passing yards allowed and third-down conversions. The Wolverines were second in pass efficiency and points allowed. Adolph had a hand in that success, something he did throughout a coaching career that began in 1961 at Cleveland Shaw High School.
Watch out Michael Phelps
Oliver Martin is coming to Michigan to play wide receiver next fall, but the Iowa City West senior is pretty good in the water, too. Martin won the 50-yard freestyle Saturday at the Iowa state championship meet. So, was Harbaugh challenging him to a race when they jumped in that pool?
— Michael Zamora (@mzamoraphoto) February 11, 2017
Winning road trip
The No. 6 Michigan softball team went 3-2 over the weekend in Tampa in its first action of the season. The Wolverines beat Delaware (7-0) and Illinois State (4-2) on Friday before losing to No. 4 Florida, 2-1 in 10 innings, and No. 25 South Florida, 6-4, on Saturday. Michigan wrapped up the weekend with a 12-2 win against St. John’s on Sunday.
Sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa (1-1) allowed just one earned run and struck out 27 in 17 innings. She threw all 10 innings against Florida. Senior center fielder Kelly Christner led the offense with eight hits in 15 at-bats, including three doubles and three RBI. Sophomore left fielder Courtney Richardson led Michigan with five RBI.
Michigan travels to Raleigh, N.C., next weekend to play two games each against North Carolina State and Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Six in a row
Michigan’s women’s basketball team has won six straight games after a 75-66 victory over Wisconsin Sunday at Crisler Center. Junior Katelynn Flaherty made 12 of 17 shots and scored 35 points to lead the No. 21 Wolverines (21-5, 10-2 Big Ten). Half of her made field goals were 3-pointers. It is the 10th time in her career that Flaherty has topped 30 points. She set her career-high of 38 points against Ohio State on Jan. 7 in a 96-87 loss.
Sophomore Nicole Munger added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her career.
Michigan goes on the road to face Indiana on Thursday, and then returns to the Crisler Center next Sunday to face Michigan State.
- Indiana head coach Tom Crean was just a little frustrated after his team’s 75-63 home loss to Michigan on Sunday. The Hoosiers are 15-11 overall and 5-8 in the Big Ten. Here are his stinging comments on the postgame radio show:
- Crean might have been a little more diplomatic when talking to reporters in his postgame press conference, but as Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star writes, the message was still the same.
- First the Cubs win the organization’s first World Series in 108 years. Now Northwestern is on the verge of earning its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance after a 66-59 win at Wisconsin Sunday night. Signs of the Apocalypse coming from Chicago?
- Good news from East Lansing on the health of Michigan State women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant. She returned to the sideline on Sunday in her team’s 89-72 loss to No. 3 Maryland after being on a medical leave of absence since Jan. 17.