Report: Michigan to pay big for Army and Western Michigan games, a look at punting, and more
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Today is Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Michigan has its football schedule worked out for the next few years, and it won’t be cheap to bring some nonconference opponents to Michigan Stadium.
Michigan is paying Western Michigan $1.2 million for a game in 2018 and Army $1.5 million in 2019, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Free Press obtained the contracts through a public records request. According to the report, the game against Army had been in the works for some time and was signed under the watch of former athletic director Dave Brandon.
Brandon resigned on Oct. 31, 2014, and was replaced by Jim Hackett on an interim basis. Michigan hired Warde Manuel as AD on Jan. 29, 2016.
Michigan hosts Cincinnati and Air Force this season in nonconference play after opening on Sept. 2 against Florida in Arlington, Texas.
The Wolverines begin the 2018 season at Notre Dame before hosting Western Michigan and Southern Methodist. Notre Dame returns to Michigan Stadium in 2019 for a late-October game. Michigan is scheduled to begin that season with home games against Middle Tennessee State and Army. It will be the 10th game all-time between Michigan and Army, but the first since 1962. Army leads the series, 5-4.
Former Michigan punter Brandon Kornblue runs one of the top kicking camps in the country. One of his top students is Brad Robbins, a member of Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class. Kornblue ranks Robbins as the No. 1 punter in the nation.
Kornblue tweeted out a video Tuesday night of Robbins working out.
— Brandon Kornblue (@KornblueKicking) May 30, 2017
Michigan is looking for a new punter and kicker after the departure of Kenny Allen, who signed as a free agent with Baltimore. Redshirt freshman Quinn Nordin is the favorite to win the kicking duties. Robbins will get every opportunity to win the punting job.
Land of 10 profiled the Westerville, Ohio, native in our Next Generation series.