ANN ARBOR - The week off likely meant a week to refocus for the Michigan football team.
It also might mean some reshuffling, even for a team that's 4-0. During his weekly press conference today at Michigan, head coach Brady Hoke said some consideration was being given to shaking up the offensive line, particularly at the interior positions - left guard, right guard and center.
“We wouldn’t have a problem making a change, if that’s what we deem we ought to do,” Hoke said.
If changes are to come to Michigan’s offensive line for Saturday's Big Ten Conference opener against Minnesota, they’ll come when Michigan’s coaching staff believes the unit is ready for change. Hoke, however, gave away this much:“We need a little better play from the center, whether it’s Jack [Miller] or Graham [Glasgow],” he said.
That decision, Hoke said, could come before the end of the week, but definitely after Tuesday.
I watched two seasons of "Breaking Bad," ran a 5K race in Toledo and covered an auto race during the bye weekend. What did the Wolverines do?
“Most of the guys I know took the week off, rested, caught up on their sleep, watched some games over the weekend, which is always nice to do," offensive tackle Mike Schofield said. "It was good time off.”
Did the week away from football give the Wolverines a mental break?
“I think it’s good for everybody,” Hoke said. “We had guys who went and saw their high school football teams play. That had to be kind of neat. It was give them time to get away.”
Hoke wouldn’t elaborate on his weekend activities.“I guarantee I watched football,’ Hoke said.
Nine days after Connecticut lost 24-21 to Michigan, the school announced this morning it had fired football coach Paul Pasqualoni. Offensive coordinator T.J. Weist will replace Pasqualoni on an interim basis - Weist, a Michigan native, was a graduate assistant with the Wolverines for four seasons, from 1990 to 1993.
"I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program," Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement.
It's another mark in the tailspin of the Huskies, who earned a bid to a BCS bowl in 2010 but haven't been able to capitalize on that benchmark because of several factors, including the departure of a coach who brought the program the bulk of its FBS success, uncertainty in recruiting and the changing landscape of college football because of conference realignment.
The Huskies are 0-4 this season after Saturday's 41-12 loss to Buffalo, and Pasqualoni was 10-18 in 3 1/2 seasons at Connecticut.