Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Michigan loses it's Strength and Conditioning Coach

No, not that one. It was announced on Monday that Mike Curtis is heading back to his alma mater Virgina to be the S&C coach for the men's basketball team. Mike was the S&C coach for the Men's and Women's Michigan basketball squads in 2008 and made a big difference in conditioning for both programs.

As many know, both John Beilein and Rich Rodriguez upgraded the conditioning programs when they came from WVU. When I say updated, they went from Michigan's traditional "caveman" like program to a high intensity modern program. Mike Barwis who works with the football team is already at "rock star" status and Mike Curtis who was from the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA brought in a new type of professionalism to the Michigan Basketball program and surely had a impact on the Wolverines making it to the NCAA tournament last year.

Here is what Mike had to say about leaving Michigan and his new opportunity:

“It was a difficult decision to leave a great institution like the University of Michigan and a fine coach in John Beilein, but the state of Virginia and the University are, and always will be, home for me. I am eager to utilize my experiences both at the University and professionally to better prepare our basketball athletes for their experiences in the Atlantic Coast Conference and beyond.”

  • Threet gives his thoughts on who might start next year. Wow, thanks Steve. Maybe you should worry about ASU now. "I feel like Tate has a good opportunity coming in early with the extra reps in the spring and that should be beneficial," he said. "But Nick does a good job of executing the offense the way they want it to be run. People may point out the physical things Tate or Denard may have at a physical advantage, but a lot of time at quarterback in this system comes down to decision-making."

  • Michigan is still a big fan of Pahokee High School and just offered three more Blue Devils: linebacker Zachary Allen, cornerback Merrill Noel and defensive tackle Richard Ash. They also have offered wide receiver Chris Dunkley, who will be transferring to Pahokee from Royal Palm Beach High for his senior season. All Panhokee players with Michigan offers are planning to attend Michigan's camp in June with thier head coach Blaze Thompson.

  • Deanrd Robinson runs 3rd in the State of Florida in the 100. Maybe he shouldn't have run in those work boots. He is in lane 2.

  • Remember when I said Jevohn Shepherd should be getting more time on the court for the Michigan Basketball team? Well, he now has a pre-draft work out for the Toronto Raptors. Jevohn is originally from Toronto. Maybe another D-league star!

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