Hello, Ann Arbor: Football’s in the air; gun range has horse farm owners saying ‘nay’
Soon, Ann Arbor will become football city – from Friday night lights at the high schools to the roaring crowds at the Big House. Here are some other suggestions for catching up on what’s been happening in Ann Arbor. About “Hello, Ann Arbor”: Each week, we deliver the big headlines straight to your inbox. John Counts is the News Leader for MLive/The Ann Arbor News where he started as a police and court reporter in 2012. MORE ‘HELLO, ANN ARBOR’:Hello, Ann Arbor: Michigan hockey scandal blows up; toxic spill hits Huron RiverHello, Ann Arbor: Students walk out on anti-abortion speaker; election night pizzaHello Ann Arbor: Welcome back to Art Fair; we’re still the country’s most-educated placeHello, Ann Arbor: Schools shell out $30.5M for property; here comes the Thunder (Over Michigan)Hello, Ann Arbor: Where to celebrate the Fourth of July; Emoni Bates comes homemlive.com
Design for new apartments inspired by University of Michigan’s Big House
ANN ARBOR, MI — The development team behind a 450-unit apartment complex coming to Ann Arbor’s South Main Street has unveiled new design drawings inspired by the University of Michigan’s Big House just down the street. Once known as the Valhalla development because of its location off Valhalla Drive, the complex approved by the city last year is now rebranded as the Arbour on Main, with refinements to make the project greener and incorporate local contextual cues.mlive.com
Hudsonville football to open 2021 season in the Big House
COMSTOCK PARK – It may be only Game One, but Hudsonville’s 2021 season opener will likely have a playoff atmosphere. It will be Hudsonville’s first game against the Hornets. It will be a big opponent on a equally big stage for the Eagles. “We feel that West Michigan plays great football, but over in Ann Arbor, it doesn’t get any better than playing Saline. Hudsonville features senior Dylan Ham, who was a Grand Rapids Dream Team selection as an all-purpose player last year.mlive.com
U-M students, parents rally for in-person graduation
Parents and students gathered in Ann Arbor Saturday to preserve a big milestone at the University of Michigan. READ: ‘We’re coming no matter what’: Parents, students rally at U-M in Ann Arbor for an in-person graduationA rally was held to push U-M officials to hold an in-person graduation. The attendees of the rally chanted “Big House, big day, in-person graduation all the way,” in front of Michigan Union on State Street. RELATED: Some University of Michigan students and parents push for in-person commencementOther Big Ten universities -- including Michigan State University and Purdue University -- have announced they will do some sort of an in-person graduation, which is why these parents and students believe Michigan can find a way. However, some parents and students think the university can come up with a plan to do it now while the students are still on campus.
Michigan football reportedly fires defensive coordinator Don Brown after five seasons
Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator Don Brown reacts to a fourth quarter penalty during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football has reportedly fired defensive coordinator Don Brown following the team’s worst showing during his five-year tenure. SOURCE: #Michigan has dismissed defensive coordinator Don Brown. For a defensive coordinator who makes his living on pressuring quarterbacks, Brown simply couldn’t do so the last two years, especially against decent competition. Most notably, Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi had a career game passing over the Wolverines’ cornerbacks.
Will Wisconsin’s long layoff be enough to put Michigan football back in win column?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football is looking to get back on track after a difficult couple of weeks, but nobody really knows know what to expect from this Wisconsin team. Graham Mertz #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers calls out instructions in the fourth quarter against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Camp Randall Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. After Mertz’s positive test was announced, more than a dozen other Wisconsin players tested positive and were forced to sit out. It’s unclear which players are still ineligible for the Michigan game. If the COVID-19 outbreak is still affecting Wisconsin, Michigan could have a chance.
Big Ten teams have losing record at home with fan-free games
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan’s football players charged out of the Big House tunnel and leaped to touch a banner at midfield, following a tradition that has made 100,000-plus fans roar for decades. All five Big Ten teams that hosted games last Saturday lost. That bleak day dropped the overall record for home games in the conference to 6-7 during the COVID-19 pandemic that has sharply limited attendance at the stadiums. Of course, the Big Ten is just two games into its pandemic-shortened, eight-game season. Each Michigan players was allowed to have four tickets for family and friends last week while Michigan State's football program was given 300 tickets to distribute.
Spartan Confidential podcast: Upset in the Big House, Michigan State travels to Iowa
EAST LANSING, MI -- The Paul Bunyan trophy is back in East Lansing. Michigan State defeated Michigan in the Big House in one of the more shocking wins in the long and storied rivalry between the two schools on Halloween. It was Mel Tucker’s first win as Michigan State head coach and the Spartans first win in the series since 2017. RELATED: Big Ten picks: MLive’s predictions for Michigan-Indiana, MSU-IowaIn this episode, MLive reporters Brandon Champion, Kyle Austin and Matt Wenzel recap Michigan State’s shocking upset of Michigan in the Big House behind QB Rocky Lombardi, true freshman WR Ricky White and a perfectly executed game plan from Mel Tucker and the coaching staff. READ MORE:Michigan State’s Connor Heyward focused on being counted on, not starting RB titleMel Tucker says Michigan State moving on from upset win at Michigan ‘not an issue’Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette suspended vs. Michigan State following arrestThrough roller coaster first two weeks at Michigan State, Mel Tucker maintains even keelmlive.com
Where does this year’s MSU game rank among Michigan’s most devastating losses under Jim Harbaugh?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football has had some truly heartbreaking losses under Jim Harbaugh the last few years, including last weekend’s shocking letdown against Michigan State. Ohio State has won handily each of the last three seasons, and Michigan hasn’t come close to the playoff. Michigan outplayed Michigan State and had victory all but wrapped up. Ohio State in 2018Final score: 62-39Quarterback Shea Patterson throws a pass against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Heck, nobody in the Michigan State fan base expected a win after what happened the previous week against Rutgers.
Michigan State Spartans defeat Michigan Wolverines 27-24
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan State Spartans beat the Michigan Wolverines 27-24 in a face-off at the Big House on Saturday afternoon. The rivalry game kicked off at noon in Ann Arbor. Read more about the game here: Lombardi helps Michigan State stun No. 13 Michigan 27-24
Michigan–Michigan State to have an unusual rivalry game this year
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Tree Town will be quieter than normal for the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game Saturday. Parking lots will all be blocked off -- including at Pioneer High School and at the golf course. RELATED: Why I’m picking Michigan football to beat Michigan State -- will it be the blowout everyone expects? I love a Michigan State Michigan matchup,” Gov. Players will have to adjust as no fans will be allowed inside The Big House.
Why I’m picking Michigan football to beat Michigan State -- will it be the blowout everyone expects?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – This has probably been the quietest week leading up to a Michigan vs. Michigan State football game in a decade. Comparing Michigan, Michigan State by position: Do Spartans have advantage anywhere? That’s why I’m picking Michigan to win its third straight against Michigan State this weekend. RIVALRY PREVIEW: Michigan has to avoid overlooking massive underdog Michigan StateI don’t think Michigan takes this rivalry for granted anymore, so Michigan State should have the team’s full attention. Michigan State will improve from last week, and there’s almost no chance it turns the ball over another seven times.
Comparing Michigan, Michigan State by position: Do Spartans have advantage anywhere?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With Michigan and Michigan State set to square off in Ann Arbor this weekend, we’re breaking down which team is better at every single position. B1G: Wisconsin-Nebraska game canceled this weekend as Badgers report COVID-19 outbreakWhere Michigan truly separates itself from Michigan State is at defensive end, with Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson. ADVANTAGE: MichiganLinebackersAnjuan Simmons was at it again Saturday, leading Michigan State with 11 tackles, including three for losses. Safety is a strength for Michigan and Michigan State, but Hill has by far the highest ceiling. Michigan is recruiting near the top of the Big Ten and Michigan State is trying to reboot under a new regime.
With empty stands in Ann Arbor, fans invited to watch MSU-UM game at Kalamazoo stadium
KALAMAZOO, MI — In years past, as many as 113,000 fans have packed the Big House in Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry game. But a limited number of fans will have the opportunity to watch the game inside another stadium, nearly 100 miles west, in Kalamazoo. Related: No fans in the stands at Big Ten football games this fallHomer Stryker Field, the home of the Kalamazoo Growlers, will play host to a socially-distanced Saturday afternoon tailgate party. The party kicks off on the baseball field at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, a half hour before the game gets underway in Ann Arbor. Also on MLive:Michigan says it’s taking rivalry game seriously, despite MSU’s early woesMel Tucker doesn’t seem to like saying the word ‘Michigan’Urban Meyer impressed with U-M, Joe Milton: ‘That’s a legitimate spread offense’mlive.com
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker calls Michigan ‘school up/down the road’ 4 times ahead of matchup
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker tried to avoid saying the name of his in-state rival ahead of their matchup this weekend, calling Michigan “that school up/down the road” four times during his Tuesday press conference. In his first season as Michigan State’s head coach, Tucker is stoking the flames of an already-hot rivalry between the Wolverines and Spartans. You can hear Tucker calling Michigan “the school up/down the road” in the clips beneath each quote. “This game against the school down the road is not just another game, so it’s really special to me," Tucker said. “We know that it’s always a physical game," Tucker said.
Wisconsin star QB Graham Mertz’s status uncertain vs. Michigan football in 3 weeks
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It’s unclear whether Wisconsin will be without star QB Graham Mertz -- and possibly its top three quarterbacks -- when it travels to Ann Arbor in three weeks to play Michigan. Over the weekend, reports emerged that Mertz had tested positive for COVID-19. That first positive test came from an antigen test, and on Tuesday, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported that Mertz tested positive for a second time -- presumably through a polymerase chain reaction test. That would be exactly 21 days from Mertz’s positive test, and according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, he would be allowed to return to action that day. Unfortunately, Wolf has also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, though he hasn’t had a second positive test confirmed.
Michigan football game vs. Michigan State will kick off at noon on Halloween
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football’s rivalry game against Michigan State will kick off at noon on Halloween. Due to the irregularities created by the pandemic-shortened schedule, the Spartans will be forced to travel to Ann Arbor for the second year in a row. 21 Minnesota, while Michigan State hosts Rutgers. Last season, Michigan defeated Michigan State 44-10 at the Big House, marking the second-straight victory for the Maize and Blue in the rivalry. READ: Which Michigan football jersey number duo will be most valuable this season?
MVJ award: Which Michigan football jersey number duo will be most valuable this season?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Which pair of Michigan football players who share a jersey number will unite to be the most valuable this season? This year’s roster, with the new rule in place, has 45 duos who will wear the same jersey number. Some of the Michigan jersey number duos contain players who will contribute on different sides of the ball. 1: Both players must wear a jersey number for the entire season for their stats to qualify in favor of said jersey number. Other eligible duosHere are all the other jersey number duos listed on the 2020 Michigan football roster, as of Oct. 16.
Predicting all of Michigan football’s defensive starters, with confidence levels
Michigan has often been ranked among the top five or 10 teams in the country, and that’s thanks to strong defensive performances. Kwity Paye #19 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to sack Peyton Ramsey #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to Harbaugh, they’ve only gotten better this offseason, and if Michigan can get some help from the defensive tackles, it’ll make their jobs even easier. READ: Defensive line is X-factor for Michigan against quarterback-loaded scheduleWith a less experienced secondary -- particularly at cornerback -- Hutchinson and Paye will be more important than ever. Defensive tacklesStarters: Carlo Kemp and Chris HintonConfidence: 100% and 95%Kemp will be one of the starters at defensive tackle -- that’s a slam dunk.
Michigan football offseason hype: Let Joe Milton write his own story
The Michigan Football Offseason Hype Train is standing room only, and it has a whole month to pick up speed. Like Isaac Newton said: When Michigan football hype is in motion, it stays in motion unless acted upon by a Buckeye, Badger or Nittany Lion. Joe Milton #5 of the Michigan Wolverines scores a fourth quarter touchdown while playing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If he’s the quarterback who pushes Michigan football over the hump, celebrate him as Maize and Blue confetti rains from the rafters in Indianapolis. Let’s take a step back and let Joe Milton be Joe Milton.
Here’s the new 8-game Michigan football schedule for delayed 2020 season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Here is the new eight-game schedule for Michigan football as the Big Ten prepares to start its 2020 season in late October. Oct. 24: at MinnesotaOct. 31: vs. Michigan StateNov. 7: at IndianaNov. 14: vs. WisconsinNov. 21: at RutgersNov. 28: vs. Penn StateDec. 5: vs. MarylandDec. 12: at Ohio StateThe Wolverines are scheduled to begin the season Oct. 24 at Minnesota, which won 11 games last season. Michigan will play all six of its fellow East Division foes: Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers. Michigan’s 12-game schedule was originally cut down to 10 conference games, but that schedule lasted just six days before the conference postponed the season. Jim Harbaugh was among the most outspoken coaches in the country, publicly disagreeing with the decision to postpone football.
Michigan football a complete mystery heading into unusual season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – What in the world is Michigan football going to look like next month? What does Michigan football look like without 100,000 fans in the Big House, or the Ohio State game on Thanksgiving weekend? But even beyond all the things that have made college football such an unusual topic this year, we really don’t know much about the actual Michigan football team. Joe Milton warms up before Michigan's game against Western Michigan at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 8, 2018, in Ann Arbor. Assuming the six East Division opponents -- Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers -- are all on Michigan’s schedule, that leaves two open spots for crossover games.
5 major takeaways from Michigan football ticket policy announcement
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Here are the five major takeaways from the University of Michigans football ticket policy for the 2020 season. Nobodys status as a season ticket holder will change going forward, though. If you have season tickets, your location will be the same in 2021, as long as you dont make any changes. Only current season ticket holders and students will have access to those tickets. Anyone who already paid for their season tickets can request a refund, push that payment back toward the 2021 season tickets or donate it to the athletic department.
Michigan football 2020 ticket policy: No season tickets or sales to general public
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Michigan announced Wednesday that there will be no football season tickets or sales to the general public if there is a season this fall. The Michigan athletic department sent an email to football season ticket holders saying if there is a 2020 season, capacity at Michigan Stadium will be reduced or games will be played without fans due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There will be no football season tickets, the email reads. Tickets will only be offered to current season ticket holders and students. Season ticket holders who already paid for their tickets can request a refund, push that payment back toward the 2021 season tickets or donate it to the athletic department.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Sunday, May 24, 2020
DETROIT College football Saturday at the Big House is a maize and blue tradition but -- like so many other things -- it may not happen this year because of the coronavirus. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Summer-like temperatures and humidity remain Sunday eveningScattered showers and storms are persistent and then fade away Sunday evening. A Flood Warning is in effect along the Huron River near Hamburg in Livingston County. A Flood Warning is in effect along the River Raisin near Monroe in Monroe County. 4 Fast FactsSaturday, May 23, 2020 --
Speedway offering pom poms for donations ahead of Michigan State, Michigan game
Before heading to the Big House for the game of the season, stop by a Speedway to help you get in the spirit. Speedway will be offering maize and blue and green and white pom poms all day today and tomorrow in exchange for donations. One hundred percent of the donations will go toward the Childrens Miracle Network at Beaumont Childrens Hospital.