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Posted on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 : 3:58 p.m.

Monday press conference leftovers: Rich Rodriguez cracking jokes at his own expense, tickets remain for Indiana

By Dave Birkett

Rich Rodriguez delivered the one-liner of Monday’s press conference when he was talking about receiver Jon Conover, a walk-on who was given a scholarship this year and Michigan's Special Teams Player of the Game against Eastern Michigan.

Rodriguez said Conover, who'll graduate in December, hopes to attend Michigan Law School.

“If anybody has any influence on helping him get in there, I think he’d be terrific,” Rodriguez said. “I know enough about lawyers now that I think he’d be a great one. I’ll probably be employing him some day.”

• Former Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett set school records in passing yards (408) and touchdowns (five) in Arkansas' loss to Georgia last week. Cornerback Donovan Warren, a member of Michigan's 2007 recruiting class with Warren, said he was impressed by his former teammate's performance.

"He actually hit me up after the Notre Dame game, told me good job and congrats and I told him the same thing," Warren said. "I'll be watching him."

• A limited number of tickets remain for Saturday's Big Ten opener against Indiana. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 866-296-6849.

• Michigan will hold a homecoming pep rally 4 p.m. Friday at Crisler Arena. Bus transportation will be provided for students to and from dorms, and several door prizes will be awarded.

• Michigan coaches will wear armbands in support of finding a cure for muscular dystrophy on Saturday as part of the American Football Coaches Association's public-service initiative. Rodriguez and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel filmed a public service announcement at the Big Ten meetings this summer about the disease that's scheduled to debut this week.



Wed, Sep 23, 2009 : 3:27 p.m.

Mallett was a victim of circumstances and I wish him well. Boren, on the other hand, is a Carr cry-baby turncoat. I'd love to see him get clocked on Nov. 21.


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 : 3:04 a.m.

Another interesting thing is that some Buckeye fans are now wishing we'd gotten Pryor last year so they could have gotten Forcier this year. Who knows how it'll all turn out, but odd at how things take different paths.


Tue, Sep 22, 2009 : 8:25 a.m.

My Buckeye "friends" down here don't like the idea of taking a quitter from that school up north, but they figure Woody would have talken Benedict Boren just to tweak Michigan's nose, but never played him... As for Mallet, he's not very mobile, but has definitely improved to where he was projected. I still think Lloyd should have pulled Henne in the second half of the OSU game. The mans arm was dangling by a thread. Mallet may have been able to open up the pass game just enough to get the run game going again, and we may have won that cold soggy afair. Anyway, good luck to him. He's still better than Clausen. And I expect to be watching him on Sunday some day. Oh, and good thing he didn't go to OSU. I would much rather be defending a befuddled Pryor.


Mon, Sep 21, 2009 : 8:55 p.m.

Agree 1bit. I've actually heard some OSU fans say they don't care for Boren for defecting, either...they don't fully embrace him for turning allegiances so quickly. That may be a minority view, but I read some comments about it in the Columbus Dispatch after he was injured at the beginning of the season. As for Mallett, he looked good the other night, but with his style, he would not fit in this offense any more.


Mon, Sep 21, 2009 : 8:30 p.m.

Although I was sorry (for us) to see Mallett go, he just wasn't the right quarterback for this type of spread. He was getting hit time after time the other night and he would've gotten killed in the current offense here. Hopefully things work out for him. Not the same warm feelings for Boren, though...


Mon, Sep 21, 2009 : 7:15 p.m.

Wow. I'm surprised Mallett has any friends still on the UM team.