Friday, June 29, 2018

Michigan Friday: News and Notes

  • 2016 WR signee Nate Johnson who was thrown off the team last September for a domestic abuse charge (he was sentenced to 4 days in jail and 6 months probation in December) will continue his football career at Arizona Western which is a junior college.

  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL have signed Michigan QB Devin Gardner.

  • Michigan QB commit Cade McNamara is planning to recruit at the Opening this weekend.  A great performance from him could attract some skill players to Ann Arbor.

  • Michigan will pay $4.6M to play and not play non-conference games this season.  Michigan was scheduled to play Arkansas in the season opener before cancelling to restart the rivalry against the Fighting Irish. Michigan paid Arkansas $2 million for cancelling.
    The Wolverines athletic department, led by athletic director Warde Manuel, is set to pay Southern Methodist $1.4 million for the game on Sept. 15 and Western Michigan $1.2 million for the Sept. 8 in-state showdown.  I love the ND rivalry but to force it and to pay Arkansas  $2M for a $400,000 game seems like a bad business move. I also hate opening on the road against a big time opponent.

  • 2019 3-star athlete Giles Jackson has Michigan in his final 4 including USC, Oregon, and Oregon State.  I would guess the Beavers are an under-dog at this point.

  • If you haven't heard Moe's Sporting Goods after 103 years in Ann Arbor is closing for good.  MDen purchased them last year.

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