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Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison won't be getting a new recruit to help out on the defensive line.
Head basketball coach John Beilein just isn't willing to share.
At their scheduled media availabilities on Tuesday, both coaches talked about Michigan's newest basketball star, 6-foot-10, 256-pound Mitch McGary.
McGary has always been known as a high-energy player, but he opened a lot of eyes with his dominating performance in Saturday's NCAA tournament victory over Virginia Commonwealth. McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds as Michigan advanced to the Sweet 16.
"I love him," Mattison joked Tuesday morning, saying he would put McGary at defensive end. "I can promise he would play right away and get a lot of sacks."
McGary described himself as having a "football player's mentality" after the VCU game, and anyone who has seen his hard screens and fear-no-consequences pursuit of every loose ball would quickly agree.
But he won't get his shot at being the next Bo Jackson. A couple hours later and a few hundred yards away from where the football team was taking part in spring drills, Beilein wasn't going for it, smiling while saying he will not share his young star with Brady Hoke and Team 134.
Assistant coach Bacari Alexander made things ever clearer on Twitter:
"Mitch McGary will not be playing Football at Michigan," he said in a tweet that was hash-tagged handsoffbuddy.
Michigan plays Kansas in the Round of 16 Friday night in Indianapolis.
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Michigan Basketball will play Kansas on Friday in a Sweet 16 matchup. Tip off is scheduled for 7:37 (EST) and the game will be televised on TBS.
Kansas is the #1 seed in the South Region. They advanced to the Sweet 16 by edging past Western Kentucky on Friday and storming past North Carolina on Sunday. The Jayhawks are an outstanding defensive team. “The big thing that stands out...
Would the 6-foot-10 Mike McGary consider playing football for the Wolverines after Michigan's basketball season is over?
Mitch McGary’s breakout NCAA tournament performances has cast Michigan’s Sweet 16 outlook in a much more favorable light. His charge now is to mimic those “monster” efforts against a much bigger and stronger foe in Kansas.
Has Michigan's version of Batman & Robin gained a new colleague? Bacari Alexander is encouraged by Mitch McGary’s recent progress, but the Wolverine assistant believes his prized pupil is just scratching the surface of his effectiveness.
(Eds: Updates.) By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer There are times when Mitch McGary gives his coach no choice but to pause and maybe take a deep breath before speaking.
After a season of working with the 6-foot-10 freshman, John Beilein understands the drill.
''I've learned to wait for a minute - almost count to five - before I try and address him after he does something...
Our weekly feature tracking the performance of Michigan players over two game segments. (Photo: Bryan Fuller)
Mitch McGary: 9 (Last Week: 5.5)
There’s no other way to put it: Mitch McGary had a career game on Saturday. Since taking over the starting job for Jordan Morgan at the beginning of the NCAA tournament, McGary has been awesome. His average over the past two games? 17 points...
Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer chats one-on-one with GoBlueWolverine's Kyle Bogenschutz after the Wolverines punched their ticket to the Sweet 16. Among the topics, Mitch McGary's strong play, Spike Albrecht, and what this team has been waiting for.
When the NCAA tournament brackets were released just over a week ago, many had Michigan as a trendy upset pick and VCU as a trendy underdog Final Four team. Michigan handled South Dakota State and VCU by a combined 40 points as it cruised through its opening round games into the Sweet 16.
Michigan, 10-1 all time in the Sweet 16, has gone from an oft-questioned high seeded team to...
Michigan’s freshmen starters were in the locker room to discuss playing in Cowboys Stadium, the Sweet 16 and much more. Watch Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary in the embedded media players below:
Stauskas and McGary after the jump.
1) Michigan isn’t bothered by ‘havoc’ in opening minutes
The first few minutes of this game were going to be key for both teams. If Michigan came out playing poorly at the start, as the Wolverines have been known to do at times, it would be bad news. If the VCU forced Michigan into some early turnovers resulting in easy basket, the Wolverines could have found themselves with...
John Beilein, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitch McGary were all on the podium on Thursday afternoon to preview Michigan’s matchup with Kansas on Friday evening. Read comments from all four below.
COACH BEILEIN: Obviously we’re thrilled to be in this situation right now with 16 teams still vying for a National Championship. Our team is excited about this opportunity...