Thursday Notes: Vogrich & Visit Weekend

Dylan Burkhardt
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Illinois High School Basketball has the latest on 2009 SG Matt Vogrich:

People think Matt Vogrich is all about the three pointer and will be the token shooter off the bench for whatever final four contender he selects, but that isn’t quite the truth. An underrated athlete, Vogrich got his fair share of dunks in traffic this summer. His fast break dunk on “Matt Vogrich Jr.” (Ben Brust) at the Chicago Summer Classic was the best dunk I witnessed all summer. Some college coaches (who must remain unnamed) that offered Matt this summer were frequently heard throughout July saying things like “I always knew he could shoot, but I didn’t know he could do THAT!” And “That kid can start on my team right now…I have to have him… Where did he come from?” (Read more)

Vogrich seems to be the all around real deal and would be a big time coup for Beilein.

Got word that 2009 PF commitment Jordan Morgan will be in Ann Arbor for the big recruiting weekend as well. He also has scheduled his official visit for the Michigan State game.

Finally, a random rant. The Free Press posted this article last containing the Beilein quotes that were discussed here with this some what ridiculous headline:

UM’s Beilein makes orphanage joke at coaches clinic

I posted the quote here earlier, and I really don’t think it warranted a headline like that. The joke clearly wasn’t about orphanages, it was about parents and alumni. To their credit they did update the headline but this gives me a good idea how Rich Rodriguez turned into a cheap asshole who swears and has no family values so quickly. Here is the new headline:

U-M’s Beilein jokes about parents, alumni at clinic

  • The Freep has gotten saltier and saltier with UM over the last few years. They basically clamored for an end to the Lloyd Carr era and as soon as it ended they crapped all over RichRod. I understand that their #1 job is to sell newspapers, but the sensationalism and absolutely lackluster sports staff has become the norm for what used to be a respectable newspaper. It is too bad that they have started attacking the basketball program as well, which really doesn’t need any more negative press.

  • Musket Rebellion —

    I wholeheartedly agree with what you are saying and know where you are coming from but what do you expect when you have Michigan “fans” (READ: “‘1-SPORT’-‘FANS’ OF A CERTAIN SPORT HERE ARE MICHIGAN ;.)) )
    WHO ARE ****”RACIST”**** (IN THE SENSE THAT IF MICHIGAN MEN’S BASKETBALL WERE AN ETHNICITY THEY WOULD BE ANTI-“THAT” ETHNICITY [in other words they would be EXTREMELY DISCRIMINATORY) and who TRULY DO NOT WANT TO HAVE THE MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM SUCCEED SHORT-TERM, MEDIUM-TERM, LONG-TERM, AND A CONSISTENT LEVEL (THE WORD *TRULY* IS THE THE KEY WORD HERE) and in general, for whatever reason, HATE MICHIGAN MEN’S BASKETBALL (AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LATE ED MARTIN [THEY HAD THIS ATTITUDE EVEN BEFORE ED MARTIN BECAME KNOWN {NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF HE WAS *NOT* A BOOSTER, BUT I DIGRESS}] — THAT IS JUST AN EXCUSE AND CONVENIENT COP-OUT FOR THEM)???? I MEAN, YES, THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, ADMINISTRATION, AND THE COMMUNITY OF ANN ARBOR ARE RIGHTFULLY AND SIGNIFICANTLY TO BLAME BUT YOU KNOW WHAT??? A LOT OF THE PROBLEM AND BLAME FALLS ON THE (SO-CALLED) FANS, TOO. IN OTHER WORDS, FANS MUST HAVE ****HEART, PRIDE, PASSION, PARTICULARS, PERSONA, DESIRE, DEDICATION, LOYALTY**** AS WELL THROUGH THICK-‘N-THIN (REGARDLESS OF WHAT TYPE AND INTENSITY-KIND THE FAN IS)!!!! ANYWAYS, WHEN YOU HAVE THAT HAPPENING, THEN IT IS NOT SURPRISING AT ALL (UNFORTUNATELY) FOR 3RD-PARTY (“OBJECTIVE”) SOURCES SUCH AS THE DETROIT FREE PRESS TO EXHIBIT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR EITHER. Musket Rebellion, see my post err Diatribe on this in the comments section for the thread-theme topic immediately below this one ;.)) peace.

  • Steele

    Agreed. It’s gotten to the point that I don’t read the Freep if I can avoid it. It’s true that having a headline like “UM’s Beilein makes orphanage joke” will get more hits/sell more papers than an accurate headline, but that’s just absurd. It’s irresponsible journalism, IMO.

  • Sigh. This does not surprise me, I guess. As Steele said, this is totally irresponsible journalism.

    I am not saying that they should write fluff pieces. But, the real story is that Beilein is giving back to the community, but instead they attempt to make him out to be a monster.

    Imo, changing the headline is not enough, I think retraction is in order.