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February 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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maize n' view   michael spath A Good Riddance To 2013 fter a dreadful 2013, Michigan has to create positive momentum for 2014. How bad was it? The past 12 months may have been the most awful in U-M sports history. Jan. 1: With 11 seconds left on the clock, U-M surrenders a 32-yard gamewinning touchdown pass to South Carolina in a 33-28 Outback Bowl defeat. March 10: Following a backbreaking loss at Wisconsin and a incomprehensible loss at Penn State, Michigan basketball is still poised to capture a share of the Big Ten title but blows a 71-66 lead in the final 52 seconds of a 72-71 loss to Indiana. March 20: Michigan football announces that linebacker Jake Ryan, UM's best defensive player in 2012 and its lone expected difference-maker in 2013, has torn his ACL and will likely miss his junior campaign. March 24: The Michigan hockey team loses 3-1 to Notre Dame in the CCHA final, ending its 5-0 conference playoff run and snapping the program's 22-year NCAA Tournament streak. April 1: Backup quarterback Russell Bellomy tears his ACL in spring practice and will miss the 2013 season, putting true freshman Shane Morris in the role of No. 2. April 8: Following a terrific NCAA run — about the only thing that went The loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl brought a dispiriting calendar year in Michigan sports to a close. photo by tim Nelson right for U-M's "Big Three" sports in 2013 — Michigan loses 82-76 to Louisville in the national championship game after a bad call against Trey Burke with 2:24 remaining, and the Maize and Blue trailing 76-70, stymies any potential comeback. Aug. 21: U-M football announces Amara Darboh, who was expected to be Michigan's top complement to No. 1 wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, will miss the season with a foot injury. Oct. 12: The Maize and Blue squanders a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, allowing Penn State to go 80 yards in 27 seconds, and then falls 43-40 in four overtimes to suffer their first loss of the football season. Oct. 31: Although Michigan felt at one time it led for both players, a pair of impact basketball recruits commit elsewhere when Devin Booker signs

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