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Posted on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 : 8:46 a.m.

Meandering through the maize (and blue): A roundup

By Michael Rothstein

Morning and a welcome to you here at

Each morning, pop on by for your one-stop shop to all the stories from around the Interwebs about the University Michigan - along with some other big news from around the sporting world. We compile it so you don't have to.

The big non-Erin Andrews or Ben Roethlisberger-related story comes from former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. He filed a class action lawsuit this week against the NCAA asking for compensation because the organization continually uses the likenesses of players long after they graduate in video games, in DVDs, advertisements and a bunch of other things. Meanwhile, those players receive nothing.

It's somewhat similar to the case Sam Keller brought against Electronic Arts and the NCAA a few months ago.

FOOTBALL: Tom Luginbill of says it is easier to find quarterbacks to run the spread today than in years past:'s Adam Rittenberg breaks down what to expect from Big Ten media days.

According to the South Bend Tribune, recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said Rich Rodriguez is finding good fits for his offense in recruiting.

Former Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett is eligible at Arkansas, Tommy Deas writes for

MGoBlog breaks down how the litany of transfers from Michigan since Rich Rodriguez's arrival might hurt the Wolverines' APR score but concludes it won't end up being too bad..

Lance Callihan on UMGoBlog quotes ESPN's Beano Cook saying Michigan "panicked" when it hired Rich Rodriguez.:

More transfer breakdowns from Varsity Blue.

BASKETBALL: A little old, but analyst Fran Fraschilla really seems to like Manny Harris' game.

UM Hoops gives a small breakdown of Michigan's recruiting class of 2010.

HOCKEY Interesting story in the Raleigh News & Observer about when players chose college hockey over juniors and the potential effect it has on their pro teams. Mentioned in the story was former Michigan defenseman Jack Johnson.



Fri, Jul 24, 2009 : 9:18 a.m.

The second "MGoBlog" link about Beano Cook does not go to, but rather to Might be worth noting the difference since the real is the most-read college football blog in the country and Umgoblog appears to be riding some coattails....