Will Mitch McGary be back for the Nov. 8 opener?
The biggest issue for the Michigan Wolverines is still the "lower-back condition" keeping Mitch McGary from doing much of anything in practice. Head coach John Beilein has already announced the USA Today Preseason All-American will sit out Tuesday's exhibition game against Concordia.
This raises a very frightening question: When will McGary be healthy again?
At this time, it is very hard to say. Beilein continues to tell the media he is just being "super-cautious," which is, unquestionably, the right move. However, this issue has plagued McGary since the summer, so there is reason to believe this could be a problem during the regular season as well. Beilein told Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com:
The doctors have to okay it, When the doctors okay it, we'll bring him back slowly in practice. We want to make sure. We want everybody in full agreement that it's time to go. Knowing Mitch, he's not going to go halfway when it's time to go. He's going to be diving on the floor the first time.
The Maize and Blue need McGary to be at full strength by January in order to contend for a Big Ten Conference title. All Michigan fans can do is wait and hope for the best.