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Posted on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 9:23 a.m.

Michigan football team adjusting to unseasonably warm temperatures in New Orleans

By Kyle Meinke

NEW ORLEANS -- The Michigan football team was happy to head 1,000 miles south and escape the Michigan cold.

They were greeted by unseasonably warm weather, even by New Orleans standards.

The sun has shone for much the Wolverines' first two days here, and temperatures rose to an idyllic 69 degrees Thursday. The average typically is closer to 60.

It was 25 degrees when the team left Detroit Metro Airport on Wednesday.


Michigan coach Brady Hoke watches his players during a practice at Tulane University on Thursday. The warmer-than-usual temperatures in New Orleans have left Hoke quite comfortable in his standard short sleeves.

Rusty Costanza | The Times-Picayune

And, while the team charter was delayed slightly so the plane could be de-iced, the only sign of snow here has been the fake stuff cascading on the entryway of the Harrah's Casino that is located a couple blocks south of the team hotel.

It has taken some getting used to for a Big Ten team that has become accustomed to the cold.

Even for Craig Roh, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz.

"It's so funny, how much my body has changed," Roh said Thursday after a sun-splashed practice at Tulane University. "You get in the cold for a while, it's 70 degrees and it feels like 100. When I was back in Arizona, I practiced in 110-degree weather and I was fine.

"Now, I love practicing in 30-degree weather."

What's it like practicing in 110-degree heat?

"There was a sprinkler that would come on before practice," Roh said. "We'd drench ourselves and be dry five minutes into practice."

The weather also has suited Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who is known for his perpetual use of short-sleeved shirts, even when his assistants are wearing multiple sweatshirts.

"If you know me well enough, I usually am in short sleeves (anyway)," Hoke said upon his arrival in Louisiana, sporting a short-sleeve team polo. "So this is great, believe me."

Michigan will play Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN. The game will be played indoors at the Superdome.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 7:04 p.m.

That's funny about Roh adjusting to the weather in Mich., he should let a lot of these recruits know that so they wouldn't be swayed away from U-M because it might get cold. Hey Kyle, I hope you're not having any trouble finding blueberry muffins in NOLA. Hey Meangoblue, I hope you find your wallet and name badge son and whatnot. Geaux Blue!!!


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 4:23 p.m.

Ah, the Sunburn Syndrome, it helps explain Bo's shortcomings at the Rosebowl. I do think it is time for a playoff and a chance for the northern teams to take advantage the weather conditions they are accustomed to. And while I am at it, move the B1G Ten Championship game to an outdoor venue. Soldier Field, Browns Stadium or Lambeau Field would be a great place for that game.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 2:57 p.m.

Nice and warm down here in the Big Easy.... Got to catch a little of the practice myself yesterday and yes kyle...... they were a little sluggish. Ended up indulging a little too much on Bourbon street and ended up losing a few items. Has anybody seen my Luggage tags, document wallet and engraved Sugar Bowl name badge ? My name badge has the same picture I use on this comment board. MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEANchigan football...... sluggish they are NOT!!! I need my document wallet and engraved Sugar Bowl name badge....I miss them A LOT!!!!! :(


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 6:45 p.m.

Oh yeah forgot one huge detail...his name is Ivan Putski!!


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 6:28 p.m.

Hey there Mr. "Mean One" I found them.....there at "this one guy that I know house." Happy MEAN New Year too ya by the way!!