UM Hoops Podcast 1.5: Zack Novak and USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach


Former Michigan captain Zack Novak and former Michigan Daily senior sports editor, now of the USA Today, Nicole Auerbach were both in town this week, so naturally we decided we had to get them in the studio for a special edition of the UM Hoops Podcast. Dave Merritt, Nicole, Zack and I touched on pretty much every subject under the sun, so this is our longest podcast yet, and it’s largely unedited. We divided up our conversation into three parts:

  • We begin by catching up with Zack, and he tells us a bit about life in Zwolle and how his season has gone so far. We then delve into the Michigan’s game against Michigan State and what it was like for Zack to sit in front of the Izzone during the beat down. We talk about what went wrong for Michigan and what the team needs to correct going forward. This video of yours truly in a dunk contest judged by Zack gets a mention.
  • In the second segment, we focus a bit more on Michigan as a team. We explore the troubles Glenn Robinson III is going through, as well as the rapid ascension of Mitch McGary. Zack elaborates on just how much he believes Michigan misses the presence of Jordan Morgan down low and what it would mean to have him back at full strength. Nicole tells us about her conversation with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke about their games and development.
  • In the third segment, the wheels fall off in the best of ways. We talk about storming the court, bowling, and I think my youth group even gets a brief mention. We do manage to talk briefly about the Big Ten and some teams on the national stage, however.

The music was RJD2, in order: Wylin Out, One Day, Just Think, Big Game. 

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  • Andy

    Is there an easy way to get these on an iPhone without streaming or connecting to a computer? The RSS radio app doesn’t seem to find you guys.

  • Jay Z

    LOL Joe. Sick video. Ran out of gas at the end?


      And by that, I mean I got a kick out of seeing one of the men behind the blog.

      For that matter, just wanted to chime in and say I think these podcasts are sweet. Good hearing what Stu and Zack are up to.


  • FL Wolve

    John Beilein was in Fort Myers last night checking out Ricky Doyle. Apparently, he was sitting next to the head coach for the Miami Hurricanes as well. The article below mentions 2 coaches from top 5 teams. On the news last night, they actually showed Beilein and the Miami coach sitting next to each other.

  • rkw

    Tried downloading podcast and it keeps stoppin in the middle of it

  • DanLuchi

    “Oh man, I just killed these accounting reports, that was sick. Let’s go rush the breakroom! ” – Zack Novak at 51:20

    Excellent podcast all around, but that has to be the best part.

  • Karen

    Just listened. This is one of the best things I’ve listened to in a long time! It was great to hear what Zack is up to and his take on the team this year. I feel like he should be coaching. You guys definitely had some great chemistry on this one and it made for some good laughs. Hope you can get him back on for future episodes!!

  • arsenal926

    As soon as Zack’s professional career is over someone needs to get him a radio show. Thought everyone on the podcast was awesome as well. Great way to spend an hour