wolverines http://michiganradio.org en 'The Wolverine State' without any wolverines http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverine-state-without-any-wolverines <p>We've got the nickname "The Wolverine State," and of course, the University of Michigan and the Wolverines are forever linked.</p><p>But the wolverine never called Michigan home.</p><p>The wolverine population in the United States is anything but big. An estimated 250-300 wolverines live in the lower 48 states.</p><p>One of the experts who devotes herself to protecting the wolverine is, in fact, a "Wolverine."</p><p>Bridget Fahey is a 1997 graduate of U-M's School of Natural Resources and Environment.</p><p>These days, Fahey is the Endangered Species Chief with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the mountain prairie region.</p><p>She joined us today to talk about wolverines.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:03:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 12370 at http://michiganradio.org 'The Wolverine State' without any wolverines Big money pushing kids out of the Big House http://michiganradio.org/post/big-money-pushing-kids-out-big-house <p>A 'seat license' is a fee fans pay just to reserve the right to buy the tickets.</p><p>They call it a donation, even though every single one of us apparently decided to donate the exact same amount, or lose our tickets. But that allows us to call it a tax deduction.</p><p>It's hard to call that honest, or cheap.</p><p>In fairness, Michigan was the last of the top 20 programs to adopt a seat license program, in 2005.</p><p>It started gradually, and left endzone fans alone.</p><p>But this week, Michigan pushed the seat license for the best tickets up to $600, and even people in the endzone will have to cough up $150 per ticket, just for the right to buy them.</p><p>In the past decade, the total cost of my two tickets on the ten-yard line has more than tripled, to over $1,700, which makes you wonder just how we got here. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:39:52 +0000 John U. Bacon 10373 at http://michiganradio.org Big money pushing kids out of the Big House Madness: Three Big Ten rivals share the title http://michiganradio.org/post/madness-three-big-ten-rivals-share-title <p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.33079826133325696" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">The Big Ten basketball experts knew exactly what was going to happen this season before it even started. &nbsp;Michigan State would battle for another title, while Michigan would be stuck in the middle, fighting for a tournament bid. &nbsp;</span></b></p><div style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: normal; "><br /><b id="internal-source-marker_0.33079826133325696" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">And that&rsquo;s exactly how it started. &nbsp;The Spartans jumped out to first place, and had it all to themselves with just two games left. &nbsp;The Wolverines spent most of the season in the middle. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">The experts looked pretty smart &ndash; until Michigan started mastering head coach John Beilein&rsquo;s unconventional system.</span></b></div><p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 12:29:21 +0000 John U. Bacon 6568 at http://michiganradio.org Madness: Three Big Ten rivals share the title Money is stripping the fun out of college football http://michiganradio.org/post/money-stripping-fun-out-college-football <p>The college football bowl season has always been a little crazy - but most of that used to be &ldquo;fun crazy.&rdquo;</p><p>Now it&rsquo;s &ldquo;bad crazy.&rdquo;<br /><br />Michigan played in the first ever bowl game against Stanford on New Year&rsquo;s Day in 1902.<br /><br />The Wolverines won, 49-0 &ndash; but didn&rsquo;t play another bowl game for 46 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Pasadena didn&rsquo;t host another game until 1916, and no one else sponsored one until 1935, when the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, and the Sun Bowl started, followed two years later by the Cotton Bowl.<br /><br />The games were just glorified exhibitions, intended to reward a few good teams with a nice trip, and for the Southern cities to promote themselves. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:30:36 +0000 John U. Bacon 5762 at http://michiganradio.org Money is stripping the fun out of college football Michigan football and their bowl games, those who stayed became champions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-football-and-their-bowl-games-those-who-stayed-became-champions <p>The Big Ten is still considered one of the nation&rsquo;s top leagues, despite its frequent belly flops in bowl games.&nbsp;</p><p>This year, the Big Ten placed a record ten teams in bowl games &ndash; then watched them drop, one by one.&nbsp;</p><p>And not just in the storied Rose Bowl, but in games like the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, and the Insight Bowl.&nbsp;</p><p>When Iowa got whipped 31-14, I wonder just how much insight they had gained.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 11:30:47 +0000 John U. Bacon 5667 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan football and their bowl games, those who stayed became champions Wolverines win Sugar Bowl in overtime http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-win-sugar-bowl-overtime <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime to lift Michigan to a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The victory capped an impressive debut season for head coach Brady Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory. Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:43:44 +0000 The Associated Press 5625 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverines win Sugar Bowl in overtime The game ball goes to "Bump" Elliott http://michiganradio.org/post/game-ball-goes-bump-elliott <p>At last week&rsquo;s Homecoming Game, Michigan had planned to honor one of its great alums, a man named Chalmers Elliott &ndash; better known as Bump.</p><p>He was an All-American football player and a Big Ten champion coach, but earned greater fame as the athletic director at Iowa, Michigan&rsquo;s opponent this weekend.</p><p>Pneumonia kept the 86-year old legend from making it, however, so we&#39;re honoring him today.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan football has produced a lot of big name coaches and players, but one of the finest men who played and coached for Michigan deserves to be a little bigger.</p><p>His name is Chalmers Elliott &ndash; which might explain why he goes by &ldquo;Bump.&rdquo; Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:44:13 +0000 John U. Bacon 4854 at http://michiganradio.org The game ball goes to "Bump" Elliott Wolverine football great Jim Mandich dies http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverine-football-great-jim-mandich-dies <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Mandich">Jim Mandich</a> was the captain of&nbsp;Bo Schembechler&#39;s 1969 squad that shocked Ohio State.&nbsp;&nbsp;He went on to star on the Miami Dolphins 1972 team that went undefeated.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mandich died last night after a long battle with bile duct cancer.&nbsp; He was 62.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>U of M Director of Athletics Dave Brandon says Mandich was a Michigan Man &quot;in every way.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;&ldquo;Captain Jim Mandich led a team that changed Michigan football for decades to follow...He was a legendary player and an even better person.&nbsp; He will be missed.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The following is from U of M&#39;s press release announcing Mandich&#39;s death. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:56:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 2239 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverine football great Jim Mandich dies Wolverines lose NCAA hockey title game in overtime http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-lose-ncaa-hockey-title-game-overtime <p>The University of Michigan men&#39;s hockey team fell in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth in last night&#39;s NCAA championship game.&nbsp; The Associated Press reports:&nbsp;</p> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:51:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2005 at http://michiganradio.org U-M Wolverines in men's hockey championship http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-wolverines-mens-hockey-championship <p><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-2.png" /><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-3.png" /><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-4.png" /><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-5.png" /></p><p>How&rsquo;s your bracket look?</p><p>The NCAA men&rsquo;s basketball tournament is over, but the men&rsquo;s hockey tournament is still going</p><p>And the Wolverines are in the final</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 21:02:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1998 at http://michiganradio.org U-M Wolverines in men's hockey championship UM's football coach inks lucrative contract http://michiganradio.org/post/ums-football-coach-inks-lucrative-contract <p><a href="http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/011111aab.html">Brady Hoke </a>signed a six year contract Monday, that could average out to $3.25 million a year.&nbsp; <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110330/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_michigan_hoke_s_contract">The Associated Press </a>reports Hoke will be paid $2 million in the first year of the contract:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>Hoke will be paid $2 million this year and his base salary will increase by $100,000 each season. Hoke will earn a $1.5 million &quot;stay bonus&quot; after his third year and another $1.5 million &quot;stay bonus&quot; if he is still leading college football&#39;s winningest program in the sixth season of his contract.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The Associated Press also quoted U of M Athletic Director Dave Brandon expressing confidence in Hoke.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s a big job with a lot of expectations and we feel very good about how much we&#39;re compensating him to help us reach those expectations.&quot;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Brady Hoke replaced <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Rodriguez">Rich Rodriguez</a> who lost the Wolverine head coaching job after three lackluster seasons and an NCAA investigation. Hoke was an assistant coach under Lloyd Carr before becoming a successful head coach at Ball State and San Diego State University.</p><p>&nbsp;Hoke issued this statement on his new contract:</p><p><em>The contract was handled by my agent and the University. My focus has been on the football program and will continue to be on making this program the best in America. I couldn&rsquo;t tell you what&rsquo;s in the contract other than my signature. The University offered Laura and I an opportunity to coach at Michigan and that&rsquo;s been my dream. Nothing will change my focus. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:18:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 1845 at http://michiganradio.org UM's football coach inks lucrative contract MSU fans wearing Spartan green & white this St. Patrick's Day http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-fans-wearing-spartan-green-white-st-patricks-day <p>The <a href="http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-baskbl/msu-m-baskbl-body.html">Michigan State Spartans</a> tip off their 2011 NCAA Men&rsquo;s basketball tourney tonight in Tampa against the <a href="http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-baskbl/ucla-m-baskbl-body.html">UCLA Bruins</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The tenth seeded Spartans stumbled into the tourney compiling a 19 win-14 loss season.&nbsp; &nbsp;The seventh seeded Bruins posted a slightly better 22 and 10 record.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:04:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 1689 at http://michiganradio.org MSU fans wearing Spartan green & white this St. Patrick's Day Feds says wolverine 'should' be on endangered species list http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-says-wolverine-should-be-endangered-species-list <P><SPAN lang=EN>Though long gone from Michigan, the wolverine can be found in other parts of the US and Canada.&nbsp;&nbsp; But in declining numbers:</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>The Associated Press reports: </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>The U.S. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:35:54 +0000 565 at http://michiganradio.org Feds says wolverine 'should' be on endangered species list Poll numbers slip for Rich Rodriguez (yes, they have a poll for that) http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-numbers-slip-rich-rodriguez-yes-they-have-poll <p>It's not just sitting president's who have to worry about their poll numbers, apparently head football coaches do to.</p><p><a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/mission.asp">Public Policy Polling</a> gathered information on a subject that really doesn't have much to do with the general public or policy.</p><p>Their robot callers ("we can reduce interviewer bias to zero by eliminating the live human interviewer") got responses from 1,224 Michiganders on the subject of Rich Rodriguez.</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 18:30:22 +0000 Mark Brush 530 at http://michiganradio.org Poll numbers slip for Rich Rodriguez (yes, they have a poll for that) NCAA penalizes the University of Michigan's football program http://michiganradio.org/post/ncaa-penalizes-university-michigans-football-program <p><strong>Update 4:15pm:</strong> Here&#39;s the University of Michigan&#39;s response to the NCAA&#39;s announcement. Athletic Director David Brandon says&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;There were no surprises and there will be no appeal, because there is nothing to appeal. Effective today, this process is over and done and we can focus all of our time and energy on the future.&quot;</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 19:00:04 +0000 Mark Brush 271 at http://michiganradio.org NCAA penalizes the University of Michigan's football program