Michigan Hockey advances to Big Ten championship plus more Wolverines news

Michigan hockey is playing for the Big Ten championship again, plus more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup.
Feb 2, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; The Michigan Wolverines celebrate their 4-2 win over the Ohio
Feb 2, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; The Michigan Wolverines celebrate their 4-2 win over the Ohio / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

If there was any doubt about Michigan hockey making the NCAA tournament, that should have been erased on Saturday night following a 2-1 win over Minnesota on the road.

But with a shot at a second straight Big Ten tournament championship, the Wolverines wouldn't need to worry about an at-large berth. Kienan Draper found the back of the net in the first period to give Michigan hockey the lead. The Michigan Wolverines added another goal scored by Gavin Brindley on a slap shot giving U-M the 2-0 advantage.

Michigan hockey allowed one goal late, but Jake Barczewski allowed just one goal in the 2-1 victory and was solid throughout the night between the pipes. Michigan will play at Michigan State next Saturday at 8 PM EST for the Big Ten championship.

Michigan football assistant coach suspended

New defensive line coach Greg Scruggs was arrested on Saturday morning for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. It was first reported by the Detroit News. Sherrone Moore confirmed it and announced that Scruggs was suspended, pending an investigation.

Ohio State targeting interim head coach Jake Dielber

Ohio State is now targeting Jake Diebler, who has done a great job down the stretch for the Buckeyes to be their permanent head coach. That's good news for Michigan basketball because the two were rumored to both have interest in Dusty May.

The two programs are similar so it's easy to see the Michigan Wolverines and Buckeyes competing for the same head coach. Nothing is official with Diebler but you have to think he would accept and maybe that will open the door for Dusty May to Michigan.

Donovan Peoples-Jones re-ups with Lions

Former Michigan Wolverines standout Donovan Peoples-Jones agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions on Saturday, keeping him in the Motor City. DPJ had five catches for 58 yards last season for Detroit but could have a bigger role this season and still has plenty of upside.