February 2 - Monday
The month is not off to a great start. Hockey loses to ND. Basketball loses to Purdue, badly.
Jay Bilas still can’t get over Tommy Amaker, and thinks Beilein has lost control of the program. Adrian Wojnarowski is commenting about it.
Brian is going to be on WTKA with John U.Bacon to talk about recruiting. He is also going to be taking a vacation until Feb 15.
February 3 - Tuesday
Pre-signing day recruiting update. SC OL Quinton Washington and OK DL Pearlie Graves are still up the in the air. SC DL Sam Montgomery is out.
Unverified Voracity Knocks the Net Off With Its Mind. The CCHA has confirmed that ‘M’ got two bad calls against against them in the ND game.
A schedule for announcements on signing day. The names to watch for are: Pearlie Graves, Adrian Witty, Denard Robinson, DeQuinta Jones, and Je’Ron Stokes.
Then yesterday Stokes and Robinson were thrown into considerable doubt, Montgomery cut us, the defensive tackle recruits seemed gone, and everyone wanted to slit their wrists—which is completely ridiculous, I know, but it's not like I was immune. It made me morose; I concentrated on other things, like who you should root for down the stretch in college hockey. Recruiting: it's like herpes for your brain.
February 4 - Wednesday
Liveblog post. Updated to say Hello: Denard Robinson, Adrian Witty, and Je’Ron Stokes.
February 5 - Thursday
Tim from Varsity Blue welcomes everyone to the MGoVacation. A number of guests will be filling in for Brian over the next week or so.
February 6 - Friday
Delaware St. has been added to the 2009 football schedule.
Liveblog post for hockey game against LSSU (no content).
Recap of win over LSSU.
February 7 - Saturday
Link to Varsity Blue liveblog post for the basketball game against UCONN.
February 8 - Sunday
Ebay Watch post from Greg Dooley on the 100 year celebration of Michigan football.
Another recap of another victory over LSSU.
February 9 - Monday
Monday Recruitin’ previews 2010. Lots of names out of the past. One I had completely forgotten about was CA RB Brennan Clay from Tate Forcier’s school.
February 10 - Tuesday
Dylan from UMHoops provides an interesting article about the recent history and now renewed rivalry between ‘M’ and MSU.
MSU game liveblog (no content).
February 11 - Wednesday
Recap of the MSU game. It didn’t go well.
February 13 - Friday
Fake Unverified Voracity Gives This Thing a Whirl. Jersey numbers are beginning to be revealed for the recent football signees.
February 15 - Sunday
Liveblog for Northwestern game (no content).
February 16 - Monday
Brian is back...in time to report that Steven Threet is transferring.
Brian thanks everyone who filled in for him while he was in Egypt finding ‘M’ hats.
Hockey catchup. It’s been going well. They have won four straight and are up to second in pairwise.
February 17 - Tuesday
2009 Recruiting: Vlad Emilien. YMRMFSPA is Jamar Adams.
2009 Recruiting: Mike Jones. YMRMFSPA is Larry Foote.
Single mailbag question on college hockey expansion. What will happen if Penn St. wants to join a conference?
February 18 - Wednesday
Unverified Voracity Makes a Table for No Reason. The NCAA is considering seeding the hockey tournament more based on geography than on record.
What does life without Threet mean? Lets go Tate Forcier.
2009 Recruiting: Thomas Gordon. YMRMFSPA is Brandent Englemon.
February 19 - Thursday
Basketball catchup. The team has remained uneven through Big Ten play. They can likely make the tournament still if they finish .500 in conference, but that means going 3-2 in their last five. However, Kenpom only has them favored in one of those games.
February 20 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Says Well Luck, Kid. ND hockey has received bad news because Cam Fowler has decommitted, likely because of academics.
The basketball team stays alive with a win over Minnesota. Brian still can’t get over the concept of an enjoyable basketball game.
February 22 - Sunday
Apparently hockey ref Kevin Langseth did something that warranted a gallery of people who are better at their job.
February 23 - Monday
Update on the hockey situation. Now tied with ND for second in Pairwise. The big fight right now is to get the regional in Grand Rapids.
Update on the basketball situation. They lost at Iowa in overtime. Now they have to win two out of three, and that doesn’t look likely.
Unverified Voracity Goes for Superlatives. There is concern that Rodriguez is falling behind in the spread offense race. Likely that’s due to personnel, but scrambling to improved the team might not lend itself to further innovation.
February 24 - Tuesday
2010 Recruiting Primer. This...will not happen:
Offensive line: Moderate, but only because offensive line never goes below "moderate." With nine recruits in the last three classes and a hidden gem or two amongst a wide array of four-star sorts Michigan doesn't need a huge influx of players. You always want three guys at OL, though.
2009 Recruiting: Adrian Witty. YMRMFSPA is Denard Robinson.
Unverified Voracity Can’t Do That. That is adding a ninth conference game to the football schedule. The math doesn’t work out.
February 25 - Wednesday
A whiskey company is trolling ‘M’ with a large billboard in Columbus.
Mailbag. How to get Frozen Four tickets. Will Brandon Smith be ok if he needs to start? The Big 10 did have some nine game schedules in the early 1980s and of course it favored OSU. Are the CCHA refs always this bad?
Hockey picks up commits from Canadiens Alex Guptill and Derek Deblois.
February 26 - Thursday
2009 Recruiting: Justin Turner. YMRMFSPA is Marlin Jackson.
Unverified Voracity Wants to Kiss You, Sam. Brian shared more about the Threet transfer on WTKA.
Some clarification: I've heard this from a few different people, all of them on the Threet side of things. I didn't post anything on it because it didn't seem quite strong enough, but when I was LIVE it just sort of came out and there it is.
February 27 - Friday
Basketball win over Purdue, so Muppets! (#5)
Here we are again. The freshmen from Indiana are less floppy-haired but the kids from Detroit are still inexplicably faithful and sometimes brilliant. Michigan has an opportunity here, has two cracks at ending its decade wandering in the desert. At some point last night when Michigan led big I remembered that Raftery and company were doing the game and thoughts wandered to what it would be like to hear CBS' fey but iconic "this is college basketball" music and see Michigan and its double-digit seed show up and hear Raftery and Gus Johnson say something along the lines of "this is Michigan's first tourney appearance in ten years."
A few quick hockey updates.