With only 36 days left until the official start of the 2009 Michigan Wolverines football season, it's time to start talking about it again! So here's a mixture of new and old stuff of what you've missed in the off-season.
What Michigan Really Needs to Do to Improve in 2009
Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Ask Jamie: What's left for the Wolverines?
Michigan reportedly will open 2010 vs. UConn
Michigan Wolverines Top Five Running Backs of All Time
Justin Boren says he's not focusing on Michigan game
11W Sneak Peek: Michigan
Further 2010 Opener Deduction
Two future Wolverines stand out on first day at Army Bowl
Breaking News: Detroit Lions to Face Michigan Wolverines in GM/Ford Bowl Game!
Pickin' On the Big Ten Report Card, Part 1
It's hard to think of a single thing the Wolverines did well in 2008, other than punting. The offense was sick, and not in the good way. Wolverine quarterbacks completed less than half their passes, while the running attack wasn't even good for 150 yards per game. The defense played acceptably on occasion; in fact, they were flat-out brilliant against Minnesota. But if you lose to Toledo in a season where the Rockets wound up firing their coach, and you end the longest bowl streak in college football, you just can't get a passing grade.
Still, while Wolverine fans might feel as though they're stuck in Dante's Inferno, the rest of us know they're just spending an evening in Borgnine's Sauna. Rich Rodriguez's first year at West Virginia was identically bad. Things got better.
2009 prognosis: Cautiously optimistic. "Up" isn't the only direction the Wolverines can go next season, but they were a very young team exploring the possibilities of Creepy Ninja Football(tm) for the first time. RichRod's track record brings some hope, but be not afraid: Punter Zoltan Mesko still has one more season of eligibility!
Buckeye no match for mighty wolverine
It's official: Robinson new defensive coordinator at Michigan
Robinson Named Defensive Coordinator
A Small Novel on an Old Man: The Greg Robinson Saga
Where Are Michigan Football Fans in Spring?