A little happier news before I post my thoughts on the Ekpe situation. Mark Snyder of the Free Press is reporting that Michigan has the money together for a practice facility and plans to move forward with the project.
â€œWe need to go through the approval process with the university, we have the resources to do it, weâ€™ve hired an architect to start our preliminary planning,â€ Martin said. â€œWe havenâ€™t had the project approved through our administrative and regental process but I expect to be able to take that in the very near future and move forward with that project. And we need it.â€
This is certainly encouraging, apparently its a multi step process before actual ground can be broken but Martin taking it on as a personal project and pushing it is definetely a big step. Martin also mentioned that U-M will “take on” Crisler after the stadium renovations. Proving that they are taking concrete steps and having the plans would be a boost to recruiting by itself I would think.