Michigan might not be an elite program right now, but the Wolverines continue to generate the most headlines in the Big Ten.
Things got pretty testy at head coach Rich Rodriguez's signing day news conference earlier, as the coach fielded several questions about top recruit Demar Dorsey, who has a checkered legal past. Rodriguez said Michigan researches every prospect it recruits and urged reporters not to pass judgment until they know the full story.
"Don't judge on something until you get all the facts," he said. "Any time there's a situation, we look at it as well and we find out the whole story. A lot of times, there's more to a story than people understand. ... There's nobody on this football team that we would sign that has a felony conviction. There's nobody on this football team we would sign that has a misdemeanor conviction."
After another question about Dorsey's past, Rodriguez fumed, "Everyone wants to be negative. We have such a great place here. We've got wonderful people, we've got a great university, we've got players working their tails off. And everybody wants to be negative. Can't we be positive?"
Other items of note:
Rodriguez said defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will coach the Wolverines' linebackers this year. Michigan still has a vacancy after Jay Hopson's departure to Memphis, and the new coach will work primarily with the safeties, a critical position group this fall.
Rodriguez said one Big Ten school was "negative recruiting quite a bit," though the school wasn't Ohio State.
Also, the Detroit Free Press reported that Michigan's board of regents held a special session Wednesday morning to get an update on the NCAA's investigation into potential violations by the football team.