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Michigan’s Jack Miller Now Says He Didn’t Leave Michigan Over Concerns About Head Injuries!

Michigan Spring GameI thought this was a little fishy.  Jack Miller now says he didn’t leave Michigan because of concerns about head injuries.  I wasn’t buying it at all as it was NEVER mentioned as part of his reasoning for leaving the Wolverines.  Jack Miller left because he was burned out and no longer felt like he could commit mentally or physically to the program.  The grueling Harbaugh practices were too much, he didn’t want to do it and decided he was going to get on with the rest of his life.  He didn’t have an NFL future so why stay another year?  Miller understood that there was no upside to staying another year. I’m not sure where the “head injury concern” narrative started.

This is the article by ESPN’s Joe Schad that twisted what Miller said into the “head injury” concern.  This is the reason people trust ESPN less and less by the day.   This is all Miller had to say “However, I’d be lying if I said that the concussion thing doesn’t scare me a little.” At no point did he say it was a factor in his decision to leave Michigan.

Read more about Miller’s most recent statement.



PODCAST: New Podcast “The Maize & Blue Sit-In” With Gregg Henson And Art Regner.

Today we launched a new podcast on Wolverine Sports Radio called “The Maize & Blue Sit-In.”  The show features me and Art Regner talking Michigan Athletics.  It will be a weekly show posting on The Wolverine Sports Radio App mid-week.

Here is Episode 1 of “The Maize and Blue Sit-In” with Gregg & Art

On today’s show we discuss Dylan Larkin’s decision, Helmet stickers, Michigan football camps in the sunbelt and much, much more….enjoy!

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We also have a new sponsor for the Big House Nation podcast on Wolverine sports radio.  Check out this deal from DraftKings.com

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PODCAST: Big House Nation Podcast 3-15-15

​Today on Big House Nation Gregg talked with former University of Michigan Sports Information Director Bruce Madej.  Bruce started at Michigan in 1978 and for 38 years had a front row seat to Michigan Wolverines History for over a quarter century.

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We also have a new sponsor for the Big House Nation podcast on Wolverine sports radio.  Check out this deal from DraftKings.com

If you’re into fantasy anything, whether its football, basketball, baseball, or golf, they have a one-day league for you.  These one-day leagues allow you to get in for as little as $1.  There’s no season-long commitment that comes with traditional fantasy leagues. Guys, give this thing a shot… it’s a lot of fun.  Visit DRAFTKINGS.COM  and enter the promo code “VSPORTO” to get a 100% matched deposit bonus up $600.  Draft Kings is going to dish out over $1 BILLION in prizes this year… start playing and start winning” 

 



Forty Niners Owner Trashes Jim Harbaugh Again!

I can’t figure out what Jed York’s angle is with this Jim Harbaugh campaign.  Today he slammed Harbaugh again and claimed that the Niners were “getting away from their core strengths.”  Huh?  Harbaugh had huge success with the Niners in just four years, what is this dummy talking about?

It’s clear that Jed York is another clueless owner like William Clay Ford, he’s made one mistake after another and running off one of the best coaches in football is his biggest mistake of all, remember, Harbaugh was not intent on leaving San Francisco, he was ready to stay and make a long term commitment.  It is obvious the problem all along wasn’t that Harbaugh “wore out his welcome,” it was York from the start.

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We’re trying to win a Super Bowl,” York said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “We haven’t been able to do that. And I think what we’re trying to do is build a team that focuses on our core strengths. I think we got away from that a little bit. I think we tried to do too much and be something that we weren’t. I think you’re gonna see us get back to the basics, get back to letting our players go out and make plays. . . . You look at our offense last year. It wasn’t I think where it should have been. I think we have better talent than what our results showed.”

 

 



PODCAST: Big House Nation 3-16-15

Check out the latest Big House Nation Podcast.  Today I talked with former D1 Coach (Father of Drew) Dan Henson about what Michigan is trying to accomplish in spring practice.  It’s a great inside look from a coach’s perspective.

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Click here to get the Wolverine Sports Radio App

We also have a new sponsor for the Big House Nation podcast on Wolverine sports radio.  Check out this deal from DraftKings.com

If you’re into fantasy anything, whether its football, basketball, baseball, or golf, they have a one-day league for you.  These one-day leagues allow you to get in for as little as $1.  There’s no season-long commitment that comes with traditional fantasy leagues. Guys, give this thing a shot… it’s a lot of fun.  Visit DRAFTKINGS.COM  and enter the promo code “VSPORTO” to get a 100% matched deposit bonus up $600.  Draft Kings is going to dish out over $1 BILLION in prizes this year… start playing and start winning” 

If you’d like to ask a question on the podcast, please leave a message at 214-702-1053.  I’ll include as many as I can in the show.

 



Is Jack Miller The Last Wolverine To Exit The Program?

Michigan’s starting center, Jack Miller left the program to pursue “other opportunities,” from what I am told, that is true, but it isn’t the whole story.

While Miller may indeed have lost his passion for the game, it happens more often than you would think, I am told he is among a few players who are simply not cutting it in the Harbaugh system.  I’m not here to trash Jack Miller who played hard at Michigan for four years, but it appears there are a few more players that will follow Jack Miller out the door.

According to my sources Spring practices has been nothing short of insane, they are practicing more than they did under Hoke, some practices are running nearly four hours, they are hitting more than they did under Brady Hoke and they are conditioning like maniacs.  I’m told the offensive lineman are having a particularly difficult time keeping up with the pace and many are exhausted.  The O-Line is being pushed like never before by Harbaugh and Drevno, they coaches believe the O-Line had a tendency to quit when the going got tough last year and have vowed that won’t happen in 2015.

My sources tell me to prepare for more attrition by the end of spring practice.  You have been warned.

 



Christian Laettner Proves Jalen and Chris Webber Were Right About Him

Christian Laettner was on SVP & Russillo today whining about Jalen Rose and Chris Webber’s comments about him in the 30 for 30: The Fab 5 documentary.  In the show Webber and Rose called Laettner a “bitch” and a “pussy.”

Watch the video below and tell me they weren’t absolutely right.

 



Har-bust?

harbsHere is a great article from John U Bacon about Harbaugh’s first three months at Michigan.  The article is interesting and not at all over the top, it’s just an update on what is going on with the program.  Do yourself a favor and have a laugh today, read the comments below the article.

I’m not sure exactly what it is, but MSU and OSU fans cannot help themselves when reading about Harbuagh, they have to respond, they have to comment. They have to hate! I know sparties and buckeyes claim they are unconcerned about Harbaugh, but their actions and comments certainly tells me that Jim Harbaugh has captured the attention of programs to the north and the south for some reason.

My favorite comments are below.

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Did you enjoying yourself?  These comments are laughable.

Jim Harbaugh will never be a bust at anything he does, he’s 51 years old and has never failed at anything football related.  He’s won as a player and he’s won as a coach.  He turned San Diego around, he completely rebuilt Stanford and he took the Niners to the NFC Championship in 3 of his 4 years in the NFL.  The guy is a proven commodity, what more does he have to do to gain that respect from the opposition.  Unlike Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio, Harbaugh had a long NFL career or he likely would have won a national championship by now.  He started his career later at a small time school and quickly hit the pinnacle of the sport, there is zero chance he is a bust.

As for the back to the NFL narrative, these people really need to get a grip.  Jim Harbaugh is at Michigan to stay.  It made zero sense for him to return to Michigan in the first place from a logical perspective, if he’d stayed in the league he would have gotten a ton of money from the raiders and never had to leave his house.  He wants to be at Michigan, he’s always wanted to be at Michigan and it is at Michigan he will stay, for a long time.  Part of Harbaugh’s move from the NFL to college was the realization that he was indeed a “college” coach and not a “pro” coach.  He likes the college atmosphere, he likes the kids and he’s a teacher at heart.  Those claiming he’s going back to the NFL are wishful thinking.

Say what you want, the comments from MSU and OSU only speak to one thing….discomfort with the direction in Ann Arbor.  Get use to it, it’s going to get a lot more uncomfortable…quickly.



PODCAST: Big House Nation 3-10-15

Check out my latest “Big House Nation” podcast with Art Regner.

On today’s show we discuss Ndamukong Suh, the legend of Harbaugh, the Michigan QB situation and much more…

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Inside Michigan’s Spring Practice!

I talked to a couple of people at Michigan today and there are some very interesting story lines developing.

1. Shane Morris is not performing well so far in spring drills.  Both Malzone and Wilton Speight are off to better starts under Harbaugh.  Malzone at one point was getting more reps than Speight but I’m told that it has evened out a little since the early part of practice.  According to my guys in A2, Malzone and Speight are both outplaying Shane at this point.  This could be Harbaugh creating and encouraging competition but it could also mean Shane Morris just isn’t going to be good enough to start at Michigan.  Time will tell, but at this point you have to wonder if Morris will ever live up to the 5 star hype coming out of high school.  If this is true, it is refreshing and necessary as Michigan has far to long operated on the “upperclassman first” mentality, too often guys were playing simply because they were older, that was the downfall of Brady Hoke from what I am told.  Under Harbaugh you earn everything.

2. The word from current players is that practice is more up tempo than anything they experienced under Brady Hoke.  There are even reports that Ty Issac said Michigan practices were much easier than USC.  If that is true it’s a serious indictment of the Hoke regime.  Harbaugh is doing something pretty interesting, he’s running two sets of scrimmages, which allows more players to get more reps per practice.  The staff is emphasizing reps in practice and correcting correcting errors in the film room.  One person compared the practice to those run by Nick Saban at Alabama.

3. Harbaugh is not happy with the conditioning, these practices have been long and hard.  Jim wants to make sure these guy have the conditioning to win games in the 4th quarter.

4. Players making good early impressions? Lawrence Marshall, Drake Harris, Mo Ways, Freddy Canteen