Michigan AD Dave Brandon expected to resign

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Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon is expected to resign from his post as Athletic Director this afternoon.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel has called for a 1:30 p.m. press conference this afternoon. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported that Brandon was expected to resign.

Brandon has been under scrutiny after the poor handling of Shane Morris’ injury situation and a general disconnect with Michigan fans. MGoBlog published a collection of controversial email exchanges between Brandon and Michigan fans.

Michigan head coach John Beilein had previously endorsed Brandon, but the public opinion has continued to sway against Brandon in recent weeks including a student rally and public disapproval from Michigan regents. An interim Athletic Director is expected to be named.

Michigan ranked 24th in AP Preseason Poll

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Michigan is ranked 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll released this morning.

The Wolverines will start the season ranked in the top 25 for the fourth consecutive season. The Wolverines were also ranked 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Wisconsin (No. 3), Michigan State (No. 18), Ohio State (20) and Nebraska (21) are the other league teams to earn a spot in the AP Top 25.

Michigan will also face several top 25 teams during its non-conference schedule including a difficult road game at No. 2 Arizona. The Wolverines will host SMU (No. 22) and Syracuse (No. 23) as well as a game against either Villanova (No. 12) or VCU (No. 15) in Brooklyn.

Five takeaways from Michigan Media Day

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The Michigan basketball team opened its doors to media Thursday for an afternoon of interviews, photo shoots and practice. It was the first opportunity to observe the entire freshman class in action as the six newcomers vie for a spot in the Wolverines’ rotation. Here are five takeaways from Thursday’s open practice.

DJ Wilson adds versatility, length to frontcourt

John Beilein has stated repeatedly that by the end of his career at Michigan, DJ Wilson will play on the wing. But as the coach evaluates who’ll start at the five, he continues to present the 6-foot-9, 200-pound freshman as a viable backup option.

Thursday, Beilein noted that Wilson is a good defender and rebounder, but that he sometimes struggles with consistency offensively.

“We’re still trying to figure out where best to play him,” Beilein said. “We’ll have to plug him in in any position we can use right now.

“I know that any scoring opportunities that he’ll have will come around.”

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Video: Inside Michigan’s Media Day Practice

Michigan opened the doors to practice for an hour after hosting its annual Media Day in Ann Arbor. Here are some clips of the 2014-15 Wolverines going through drills on Thursday afternoon.

More from Media Day

Photo Gallery: Michigan Media Day Practice 2014

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After Media Day activities, Michigan took the floor for an hour long practice open to media. Find a full gallery of practice photos the jump. All photos by Alejandro Zuniga. [click to continue…]

Photo Gallery: Michigan Media Day 2014

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Michigan players went through the media gauntlet today, answering questions and posing for pictures as part of Michigan Basketball Media Day. Here’s a look at the Wolverines’ returning stars and newcomers from today’s photo shoot. [click to continue…]

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