The Wolverine

September 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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4 THE WOLVERINE SEPTEMBER 2016 DON'T FORGET VOLLEYBALL Dear The Wolverine: The volleyball team has Friday and Saturday home matches at Cliff Keen Arena coinciding with the Colorado (including one at 11 a.m., before the football game as well as another in the evening), Penn State and Maryland football games, along with a Saturday- only match after the Illinois game. There are plenty of opportunities for Wolverine fans to attend multiple Wolverine events this fall. Unfortu- nately, there are no road matches to double up with the football team. The schedule makers did bless Michigan with but two home mid- week matches — hooray! — the second being on the evening before Thanksgiving against MSU. Only three times in this millen- nium has our volleyball team not made the NCAA Tournament and this upcoming season should not be the fourth. Starters return at every position led by senior and two-time All-Big Ten middle blocker Abby Cole. Match attendance has increased the last few seasons, with numer- ous sellouts last year, so purchasing tickets in advance would be a very good idea. Go Blue! Jim Supance Tiffin, Ohio Ah, it must be nigh until autumn. Thanks, Jim, for the annual spike. KEEPING TALENT AT HOME Dear The Wolverine: Imagine, if you will, a new NCAA rule (clearly unlawful) requiring that high school football players play their college ball in their home state. First things first — we and the Spartans would suffer. We need those New Jer- sey/Ohio boys. Iowa, Nebraska, Wis- consin and Minnesota would fall dra- matically — just not enough in-state players. For obvious reasons, Penn State and Pittsburgh would love the new rule. Sadly, like old man river, Ohio State would keep on rolling along. The South would change radically. Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and LSU would fall, with just not enough population. And all eyes would turn to Florida. The fruit is so bountiful there that Miami, Florida and FSU could not absorb all of the players. Each year more than 200 Florida lads obtain Division-I scholarships, so don't be surprised to see Central Florida in the Orange Bowl. September 2016 • Vol. 28, No. 2 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton The Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Writers Brandon Brown Brandon Justice Managing Editor Ryan Tice Contributing Editor Steve Downey Layout And Design Jeanette Blankenship Chris Miller Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photo Per Kjeldsen Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Circulation Manager Gail Evans Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Michelle DeLee-Hamilton Customer Service Lauren Saunders The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year (12 issues) subscription is $52.99. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Wolverine, P.O. Box 2331, Durham, NC 27702. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC 27702 and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, 324 Blackwell St., Suite 1020, Durham, NC 27701. E-Mail Address: Subscription questions: Web Site: Be Heard! Send your letters to: Wolverine Letters • P.O. Box 1304 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Or e-mail: Letters may be edited for clarity or length.   FROM OUR READERS Michigan's volleyball team is looking to build off of last year's 20-13 campaign that included an 11-5 mark at home and an NCAA Tournament berth. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

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