It’s been a while since my last update. I thought I’d sent one in December, but it never published, so today’s post will include several stories from this, my third season covering the Michigan basketball team for MLive/The Ann Arbor News.
The first is about a recent addition to the team, Brandon Wade, an Ann Arbor native whose dad needed a liver transplant a few years ago and is grateful to be alive to watch his son play college basketball.
Here are some others that might appeal to a non-Michigan audience:
Up close and personal with Juwan Howard for a game
How Michigan and Kentucky agreed to play a game in London
A former Michigan football player joined the Marines
You can find all my stories on my personal MLive page. You can also download MLive’s UM Hoops app to your phone. I’ve got a story about one of the more entertaining personalities in college basketball, Michigan assistant Phil Martelli, coming this week.
Thanks for reading!
If you’ve watched a Michigan basketball home game in the past decade, you may have wondered about the elderly gentleman sitting courtside, in the first seat next to head coach John Beilein.
I know I did. Turns out, it’s Al Glick, a wildly successful businessman and a proud support of the University of Michigan. I had a great chat with Mr. Glick, 92, at a recent game.
You can read the story at MLive.
Look for Al Glick during tonight’s game against Nebraska (7:00, ESPN). It is Michigan’s final home game of the season, and Charles Matthews will be honored as part of the Senior Night ceremony. From Kentucky to Ann Arbor, it’s been quite the college career for Matthews.
Recently I shared a story I wrote about Michigan basketball assistant coach Luke Yaklich. I followed it up with a story on another assistant, DeAndre Haynes, the youngest coach on John Beilein’s staff. Haynes serves as an older brother figure and the “good cop” on the staff, all while helping to direct Michigan’s offense.
I was in Iowa when Michigan took just its second loss of the season. The Wolverines are learning how to play with a target on their backs.
In the prior game, point guard Zavier Simpson recorded just the sixth triple-double in program history. Here’s a look at how he did it.
Also, a story I wrote after last season’s national championship took first place in the “sports writing” category in the Michigan Press Association’s annual contest, beating out Mitch Albom’s story from the Super Bowl. Here’s the story: “John Beilein, Michigan, and the daunting task of calming a national championship loser“