ESPN.com released its Class of 2014 recruiting rankings this morning and Michigan is No. 1 as far as future prospects go.
The Wolverines already have 11 commitments for the Class of 2014, including cornerback Jabrill Peppers, wide receiver Drake Harris and linebacker Michael Ferns. The Wolverines lead the ESPN.com rankings, ahead of Alabama and Texas A&M. That's not bad company.
But there's a question mark that applies to Michigan and Alabama - two of the top three schools of defensive end Da'Shawn Hand. Rivals.com and 247Sports.com rank the Woodbridge, Va., product as the top 2014 recruit, while Scout.com ranks Hand, a five-star prospect, as the No. 1 2014 defensive end in the country.
Hand told Rivals.com that he plans to make official visits in December and January. However, he shared his final grades on Twitter earlier this month.
Getting a commitment from Hand could tip the scales in either Michigan or Alabama's favor.
It's that time of the year again ... no, wait, rephrase that: It's that time of the fiscal year again.
The Michigan athletic department presented to the school's board of regents the budget for the 2014 fiscal year, with operating expenses of $137.5 million.
The budget includes seven home football games this season (as opposed to six last season) and a $3.1 million rental fee that the NHL is paying for the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium.
This fiscal year, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a release via Michigan's Public Affairs department that a chunk of a $10.4 million surplus for the 2013 fiscal year is a byproduct of "preferred seat distributions, conference distributions and men's basketball admissions."
Brandon projects an operating surplus of $8.9 million for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The athletic department expects to have have a $10.2 million surplus for the 2013 fiscal year, which will assist in funding renovations for football's Schembechler Hall and the field hockey complex.
In case you need an explanation of a surplus, here's Michael Scott getting a lesson: http://vimeo.com/27060669