What one former SEC coach thinks about Michigan-Florida game, two more football camps, and more
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Today is Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Michigan and Florida meet Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas, in one of the premier national matchups that open the college football season.
It’s a game former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says he never would want to schedule. Spurrier spoke in St. Augustine, Fla., on Tuesday and told reporters, including Ryan Young of SEC Country, that while these kind of high-profile games are the norm these days, they weren’t something he would’ve been fond of playing.
“I think it can be detrimental, to tell you the truth,” Spurrier said. “I’m not sure when you’re in the SEC and you’ve got eight big conference games — plus Florida, we’ve got FSU — I don’t know that we need to schedule all those big guys.”
— Ryan Young (@RyanYoungSEC) May 3, 2017
The game is being played at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Both Michigan and Florida will receive $6 million payouts, per previously released contracts. The winner will have an impressive gold star on its resumé. The loser will be in an early hole in terms of earning a playoff spot.
Spurrier used Florida State’s 45-34 win against Mississippi last season as an example of the negative effect.
“I saw [Ole Miss coach] Hugh Freeze [Monday] night at the golf tournament,” Spurrier said, “and I said, ‘You know, during the summer it sounded real neat and cool to want to play FSU in Orlando, Fla.,’ when realistically Ole Miss [has] got no business coming into Florida to play FSU down there.
“But there was a lot of money involved, and I guess it would be nice if you beat them.”
Two more camps
Looks like Michigan is adding a couple more football camps to its offseason schedule. One will be at Tulane in New Orleans and one at Florida Atlantic, according to 247Sports. Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is the head coach at FAU.
Tulane announced Michigan’s participation via Twitter.
?2017 Tulane Football Camp
✅Friday, June 9
?New Orleans, LA
— Tulane Football (@GreenWaveFB) May 1, 2017
Michigan is scheduled to host camps on June 3 and 10 for specialists, as well as June 16-17 and June 23-24. The Wolverines also have been announced as coaching participants at camps at Valdosta State in Georgia (June 4), Tennessee State (June 9), and UCLA (June 11).
Winning home finale
The No. 19-ranked Wolverines softball team beat Western Michigan, 8-0, Tuesday at Alumni Field for their sixth win in a row. Senior Lindsay Montemarano and sophomores Faith Canfield and Alex Sobczak hit home runs in the five-inning run-rule victory.
Michigan (38-10-1) travels to Rutgers this weekend for the final three games of the regular season. The Wolverines will host the Big Ten Tournament next weekend, May 11-13.
— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 3, 2017
- There will be new head coaches for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams at Michigan next season.
- The men’s tennis team will face Valparaiso in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Stanford next weekend.
- The women’s tennis team gets to stay home for the opening weekend of the NCAA tourney. The Wolverines earned the No. 10 national seed and will host Youngstown State on May 12. Kentucky and Dartmouth play in the other opening-round match at Michigan.
- Mark Donnal is transferring to Clemson for his final season of basketball eligibility.
- Basketball coach John Beilein thinks Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson will take until the May 24 deadline to decide whether to remain in the NBA draft, according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.