Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT Apr 19, 2019 There have been plenty of questions surrounding Michigan football's offense this spring. But we haven't forgotten about the defense. That group takes center stage in this week's mailbag. Does coach (Mike) Zordich's take on what happened at the Ohio State game give you concern for how (Michigan) may play defense against other teams with speed next year? — @Garbo824 This was a relatively popular question this week. For those who weren't aware, when asked for his thoughts on the Ohio State loss, cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich said this week it was more a matter of execution than game plan. Asked further if it has been business as usual in terms of coverage work this spring, sticking primarily with press-man, Zordich said yes, it was. Sign up for our free Best of the Big Ten newsletter "The way we play man, we have built-in protection modes, you could say, because of all … [Read more...] about Did Michigan football’s defense learn from Ohio State game?
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Ellen Piligian Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 6, 2019 Among the 20 titles on this year’s Michigan Notable Books list are a history of Faygo pop, two nationally recognized books chronicling the Flint water crisis, a memoir by the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, a book about wild rice harvesting in Northern Michigan, a story of how the Detroit Red Wings built a championship team with players from Soviet Russia, a fairy tale for children about a Lake Michigan mermaid and a recipe book filled with stories by the founder of Sister Pie bakery. Riley, who’s been with the MNB program nearly 18 years and is on the selection committee of librarians, booksellers, reviewers and educators, says the criteria is simple. The books, published in the previous year, must either be about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or be by a Michigan author. More: Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it … [Read more...] about Red Wings, Betty Ford books among Michigan Notable Books 2019 winners
Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 12:32 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 Free Press sports writer Nick Baumgardner breaks down the Michigan football recruits who signed letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period (Note: This story will be updated as players sign): Signees S Daxton Hill School: Booker T. Washington; Tulsa, Okla. Vitals: 6-foot 186 pounds. 247 Composite ranking: 5 stars (No. 8, No. 1 safety) The buzz: Michigan pulled off the rare double flip, getting Hill back after briefly losing him to Alabama. He's a legit 4.3 athlete, perhaps the fastest player in the entire 2019 class — nationally, not just at Michigan. He should absolutely compete for time right away. More: Daxton Hill perhaps Michigan's biggest recruiting coup RB Zach Charbonnet School: Oaks Christian; Westlake Village, Calif. Vitals: 6-2, 215 247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars (No. 42, No. 3 RB) The buzz: A unique combination of size and … [Read more...] about Meet the Michigan football 2019 recruiting class
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 7:20 PM EST Dec 2, 2018 Michiganians are remembering George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, as an ambitious statesman and dedicated public servant who led the nation through the close of the Cold War as well as exemplified kindness and civility. Sandy Baruah recalled working for Bush as a young staffer on his 1988 campaign and again after he became the 41st president. "What I will remember the most is not his monumental and world-changing leadership, but rather how he and First Lady Barbara Bush instilled in me and others who worked for them a standard of ethics, selflessness and commitment to country above all else," said Baruah, who now heads the Detroit Regional Chamber. "The standard of decency, civility and service is one I still aspire to. The world lost a great human being and leader, the likes we are not likely to see again.” Michigan was briefly home to Bush, a Navy … [Read more...] about Bush hailed by Michigan friends as ambitious statesmen, kind servant
Michael H. Hodges Detroit News Fine Arts Writer Published 10:51 PM EDT Sep 18, 2018 David DiChiera, a cultural powerhouse who brought opera back to the Motor City and helped jump-start downtown's revival, died Tuesday at his Detroit home. The Michigan Opera Theatre founder and artistic director emeritus was 83 and had battled pancreatic cancer for over a year. MOT officials hailed him as a visionary and a beloved figure. “Nobody ever worked harder or did more for an organization than David did for Michigan Opera Theatre,” said MOT Chairman Rick Williams. “He was always thinking and creating and cajoling others to get on board with him. He wanted MOT to be the best at everything it did, and he put his heart and soul into it to make sure that it was. That’s why he had such a following. He was truly one of a kind.” DiChiera made a career of defying the odds and tackling challenges … [Read more...] about Michigan Opera Theatre’s David DiChiera dies at 83