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Maize n Brew Dec 20, 2014

Michigan 51, SMU 62: Nothing Comes Easy

Michigan dropped its fourth straight, falling to 6-5 on the season. In order to avoid a fourth consecutive loss, something had to change. Unfortunately, it was more of the same for the struggling Wolverines. Michigan shot 35 percent from the field and took a 30-27 deficit into the break. Coming out of the break, Michigan turned it over immediately, a useful illustrator of where this team is right now. Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton started a combined 1-for-10 from the field. Zak Irvin's shot came back, sort of, as he went 5-for-10 in the first half, but a very mortal 2-for-6 from...
Maize n Brew Dec 19, 2014

Oh, Yeah, There's a Basketball Game Tomorrow

Everyone wants to talk about Jim Harbaugh and Michigan's coaching search, but don't forget there's an important basketball game tomorrow. If you're reading this, you're probably a Michigan fan. And, if you're a Michigan fan, you've probably spent the entire past week cruising around the Internet seeking every morsel of information you could find regarding whether San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh would leave the NFL for Michigan at season's end. I understand. It's been a hot topic all week. On Sunday, with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions' win over the Minnesota...
Maize n Brew Dec 19, 2014

Family and friends of Jim Harbaugh encouraging him to take UM job, says Adam Schefter

ESPN's NFL insider reports a bit of Harbaugh news we've been hearing for awhile. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is being encouraged to take the Michigan job by his family and friends, says ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, citing a source close to the situation. He posted the update on his Facebook page. 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh’s family and friends have been encouraging him to take the Michigan HC job, but he is torn because his heart is in the NFL, per sources close to the situation. Harbaugh first would like to see what head coaching opportunities come available – and he...
Maize n Brew Dec 18, 2014

Is Harbaugh Using Michigan for Leverage?

Since it was reported publicly that Michigan has offered Jim Harbaugh a contract that'd make him the highest paid coach in football, there's been lots of speculation that he's just using Michigan for leverage. Is this true? If you haven't noticed already, today's Word of the Day is "leverage." Yesterday evening, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Michigan had offered San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh a six-year, $48 million contract. This reported contract would not only make Harbaugh the highest paid coach in college football but would also make him the highest paid...
Maize n Brew Dec 18, 2014

Thursday Morning Brews (12/18/14)

Every week is a fresh start, and bowl season gives the conference more opportunities. Opportunities Renewed "You have a bad taste in your mouth. This should have never happened, but it did, so we've got to rebound and we've got to work. That's all there is to it." This might have been said by a number of Big Ten players in recent years, as the conference has suffered a string of high-profile losses since Ohio State's ugly demise in the '06 championship game. But it was actually spoken this year, by Missouri linebacker Michael Scherer after Missouri's loss to Indiana. The conference might...
Maize n Brew Dec 17, 2014

REPORT: Michigan offer of six-years, $48 million to Jim Harbaugh is on the table

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Michigan has a monster offer on the table for Jim Harbaugh. The first significant action from the NFL writers regarding Jim Harbaugh to Michigan rumors have starter. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Michigan has a monster offer on the table to Harbaugh. To the tune of six-years and $48 million, which would make him the highest paid coach in both college and the professional levels. Sources: #Michigan has made another run at Jim Harbaugh after he initially rebuffed the school. U-M has made an offer of 6 years, $48M. Wow. — Ian Rapoport...
Maize n Brew Dec 17, 2014

Guess the score, win something cool!

Guess the score to Saturday's basketball game, and you could receive a very cool prize. Michigan basketball will face the SMU Mustangs on Saturday, and to make things a little more exciting--let's face it, the basketball team has hit quite a rough patch--we're going to put an offer out there to the fans. The reader who comes the closest to predicting the score to Saturday's game will receive a Michigan football-themed 2015 calendar! Why is this so cool? Because the calendar comes from Asgard Press. Their calendars are fricking awesome. I've gotten one each of the last three years, and even...
Maize n Brew Dec 17, 2014

Despite interim tag, Jim Hackett is orchestrating change at Michigan

Only being on the job for a few months, interim athletic director Jim Hackett has made his presence felt at Michigan. Fixing an athletic department that is riddled with fractures is no easy task for the strong-willed. That is why many doubted whether interim athletic director Jim Hackett, a CEO like his predecessor, really had what it takes to grasp the concept of running an athletic department that is full of rich tradition like Michigan. Despite saying all of the right things during his introductory press conferences, those who are familiar with the Michigan program know that actions...
Maize n Brew Dec 17, 2014

Jim Harbaugh or not, U-M can't afford to miss this next hire

Michigan is in the midst of their third coaching search in the last seven years. The program cannot get this one wrong. This article is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Maize n Brew as a whole. We are well into week three of Michigan football's latest coaching search, leading many to grab their torches and pitchforks and demand answers as to why the Wolverines still have not hired Brady Hoke's replacement. Well, anyone who has followed this from the start is able to put two and two together realizes that the timeline of this search goes hand in hand with the...
Maize n Brew Dec 16, 2014

Tuesday Morning Brews (12/16/14)

It was a great year for Marcus Mariota, but a landslide victory? What We Learned (Heisman Edition) Marcus Mariota walked up on stage, accepted the most prestigious trophy in college athletics, and choked back tears. It was something he earned this year, something he had worked toward last year, and something he might not have dreamed about when he first went to college - given that only two programs offered him at all. One was Oregon, and the other Memphis. Lost in the shuffle of Mariota's well-deserved victory was the fact that it came against non-quarterbacks who enjoyed rarefied seasons....
Maize n Brew Dec 15, 2014

At The Break: Where They Stand

Postseason fortunes are already starting to take shape. As the Wolverines near the halfway point of the season, where do they stand? Record: 8-7-0, (7-2-0 Home, 1-5-0 Away) RPI Rank: 28 Time sure does fly. When the Wolverines finish up the GLI the non-conference schedule will be over and 17 of 34 regular season games will be complete. So, where does this team stand in the tournament picture? Quality Wins This section was expected to be more, but it didn't go according to plan and the Wolverines enter the break with just two wins over teams in the quality category. The Wolverine's...
Maize n Brew Dec 15, 2014

Examining possible Jim Harbaugh scenarios now the 49ers are eliminated from the playoffs

An examination into possible scenarios now that Jim Harbaugh's 49ers have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks did Michigan fans a favor over the weekend. With both teams winning, it has mathematically eliminated the San Francisco 49ers from playoff contention. And, for Michigan fans, avoids the fear of stretching the coaching search waiting for Harbaugh into January. The Niners' season will end December 28. If the Wolverines are to get their clear number one target in Harbaugh, there are some obvious obstacles it will need to clear. Most...
Maize n Brew Dec 15, 2014

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Examining the 2015 class

The MRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, we take a look at where the 2015 class stands and what it will look like on National Signing Day and beyond. With a dead period in full swing and a coaching change in progress with the University of Michigan football program, things are a bit cloudy now in terms of what exactly will happen with the 2015 class, which currently only has six verbal commitments. Michigan is in day eleven of a their search for the next head coach, which has some worried that the program has been without a leader for too long,...
Maize n Brew Dec 14, 2014

Michigan 53, No. 3 Arizona 80: Thumping in the Desert

Looking for a bounceback upset win on the heels of being upset in consecutive games, the Wolverines were demolished by a top-5 Arizona squad on the road. As I looked through SB Nation's photo database for something to accompany the tenor of this post, I found the one. Arizona's Brandon Ashley is pictured above, readies himself for a monster two-handed slam, as freshman Ricky Doyle, completely turned away from the play a la J.T. Floyd vs. Penn State in 2010, looks bewildered, staring into the camera lens and directly into our souls, as if to ask "Why is this happening?" Well, that is the...
Maize n Brew Dec 13, 2014

Michigan - Boston College Preview

The Wolverines look to stay hot on their second trip to Boston. Who: Michigan (8-6-0) at Boston College (8-7-1) When: 12/13/14, 7:00pm Where: Conte Forum About BC Early on the Eagles season has almost mirrored Michigan. Both teams opened the first quarter of the year with a slew of ranked teams and came out mostly on the losing end, with a bizarre loss somewhere in the middle. Still, this is a Jerry York coached team with more than enough talent to get going in the right direction. Offensive Zone: Michigan After a slow start, the Wolverines are red hot 5-on-5 and on the power play. The...
Maize n Brew Dec 13, 2014

Hoops Preview: Michigan at Arizona

Better late than never. So, this season kinda took a turn for the worse, didn't it?  Michigan followed up a fairly impressive 2-1 run against Oregon, Villanova, and Syracuse, only to stumble and fall in back to back home games against NJIT and EMU. Michigan is much too reliant on its big three of Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin.  If one or more of those players has an off game, as has happened recently, the Wolverines just don't have enough to pick up the slack.  With just one backup, Spike Albrecht, for those three, Michigan has no margin for error.  Youth all over the...
Maize n Brew Dec 12, 2014

Michigan's Mount Rushmore: Charles Woodson

This is Charles Woodson and he should be on Michigan's Mount Rushmore. Michigan had just locked up the Big Ten championship after a dominate 20-14 win over Ohio State in Ann Arbor. The roses were blooming in the Big House, especially the one stuck between Charles Woodson's teeth, bobbing with his head motions, clearly visible through a large grin. He had started the downfall of both John Cooper and Ohio State's series record against Michigan in the Nineties. A punt returned for a touchdown, eerily similar to Desmond Howard's career-capping moment six years earlier, put the bow on his bid...
Maize n Brew Dec 12, 2014

Michigan's Mount Rushmore: Ron Kramer

The Big Ten Network wants to know who is in your all-time Michigan football Mount Rushmore. Two-time consensus All-American (1955-56). Three-time All-Big Ten first team (1954-56). Nine-time letterman in football, basketball, and track, with three in each sport. Led both the Michigan football and Michigan basketball teams in scoring across two seasons from 1954-56. Team punting leader in '54, reception leader from 1954-56, and receiving yards leader in '54 and '56. First Michigan receiver to catch three touchdowns in a game (1955). Two-time NFL Champion (1961-62). Three-time NFL All-Pro team...
Maize n Brew Dec 12, 2014

Michigan's Troubling Shot Selection

A look at Michigan's shot charts reveals a troubling trend in the Wolverines' shot selection. We break down what it means for Michigan. Yesterday, ESPN college basketball analyst and former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg previewed tomorrow's high-profile matchup between Michigan and No. 3 Arizona. You can watch the video here. In the preview, Greenberg reflected on Michigan's two upset losses to NJIT and Eastern Michigan and argued that, to get back on track, Michigan needs to find a low-post presence offensively. I scoffed at this notion. If anyone has proven that a low-post presence...
Maize n Brew Dec 12, 2014

MnB Roundtable Travels to Rushmore

Later today the votes will get counted and Michigan's Football Rushmore will be revealed on Big Ten Network. Until then, the MnB gang had some thoughts on the project and which players might make the cut. First question I have: A few MnB commenters noticed that BTN's list of finalists for this glorious Rushmore of football only had one player from the 2000s and beyond (Braylon Edwards)...agree/disagree or is it appropriate given Michigan's struggles since 2006? Peter: That was something that stuck out to me, and I mention it in my piece on Desmond Howard, I think. I'm okay with it, but not...

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