Michigan Wolverines news: Another basketball transfer, an NFL assistant coach, more

Michigan basketball had another departure via the transfer portal on Tuesday, plus J.J. McCarthy's NFL draft stock is soaring, plus more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup.
Feb 22, 2024; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Youssef Khayat (24) grabs a
Feb 22, 2024; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Youssef Khayat (24) grabs a / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

A fourth Michigan basketball has decided to exit the program via the transfer portal as Youssef Khayat was the latest to announce he was leaving the Michigan Wolverines.

Khayat spent two seasons with the Michigan basketball program. Yet his impact was minimal. It's still the fourth transfer portal departure in three days for the Michigan Wolverines, a total that matches all of the transfers lost by the Michigan football team since Jim Harbaugh went to the NFL.

If that doesn't say something about the difference in culture, I don't know what does. Of course, when you have a head coach fired, players are going to leave. That's just how it works. But Michigan football was able to transition smoothly to Sherrone Moore.

The Michigan Wolverines still need to get through the spring transfer window, without any big-time losses, but so far, so good. As far as Michigan basketball is concerned, on the head-coaching front, Dusty May is gaining traction, and here's why he'd be a great fit.

Michigan football hires former NFL player

There was talk of Michigan football adding former NFL standout Pernell McPhee as an off-field analyst to the coaching staff and according to Matt Zenitz of 247 Sports, that move is now official.

McPhee played at Mississippi State but is familiar with the Ravens defensive scheme having played under current Michigan football defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. He'll be in "a support staff role" according to Zenitz which I'm sure will have something to do with the pass rushers.

McPhee played a total of 11 season in the NFL. Seven of those were in Baltimore and the last three were when Wink Martindale was the DC. McPhee is a "favorite" of Wink and his presence should be a positive for Michigan football. He also feels like a future position coach or even a defensive coordinator down the road.

Gavin Brindley of Michigan Hockey wins Big Ten Player of the Year

The Michigan Wolverines will play for the Big Ten tournament championship on Saturday night against Michigan State and leading them into action will be Gavin Brindley, who won the Big Ten Player of the Year Award on Tuesday.


Brindley has 51 points total this season for the Michigan Wolverines with 24 goals and 27 assists. He accounted for 29 points in Big Ten play which made him the league's scoring leader. Rutger McGroarty and Seamus Casey joined Brindley as First-Team All-Big Ten selections. Michigan and Michigan State will drop the puck at 8 PM EST (BTN) in East Lansing for the Big Ten Championship.