Michigan Wolverines news: Interest in a Big Ten transfer, a devastating injury, more

Michigan basketball head coach Dusty May has mutual interest with a Big Ten transfer, plus more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup.
Jan 26, 2024; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Connor Essegian (3) scores a three
Jan 26, 2024; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Connor Essegian (3) scores a three / Kayla Wolf-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rough day for Michigan football fans as Rod Moore, a legend for the Michigan Wolverines already, suffered a torn ACL in practice on Sunday during spring practices.

Rumors started to swirl on social media about an injury to Moore and it was confirmed by Josh Henschke of Rivals. It was a non-contact injury. While I am not a doctor, it seems like Moore will probably miss the entire 2024 season or at least a huge chunk of it.

The two-time All-Big Ten selection had five interceptions as a sophomore, then posted two more in his junior season for Michigan football to go along with 38 tackles and a tackle for loss. Moore chose to return to the Michigan Wolverines this season instead of entering the draft. He is viewed as one of the top safeties in college football and will be missed dearly, although there is some solid depth still.

Michigan Wolverines have "Mutual interest' with a Big Ten transfer

Connor Essegian seemed on his way to stardom in his first season at Wisconsin. The Indiana native averaged 11 points per game, knocked down 69 3-pointers, and shot 35 percent from deep starting 19 games for the Badgers in 2022-23.

However, the 6-foot-4 guard didn't start any games for the Badgers this past season. He also averaged just 3.2 points per game, which probably led to Essegian entering the transfer portal following Wisconsin's exit from the NCAA tournament.

According to Davis Moseley, a program insider, there is "mutual interest" between May, the new Michigan basketball head coach and Essegian. He would be an ideal fit in the guard-heavy system run by May, plus he's proven he can produce in the Big Ten.

The problem is that he is a junior-to-be. Admissions has caused issues in the past, but May was given assurances by Michigan that he wouldn't have the same problems that Juwan Howard did according to this report from 247 Sports' Isaac Trotter. Essegian could be the first test of that.

Michigan football star confirms he isn't leaving

We'll end the Michigan Wolverines news roundup on a positive note, a huge positive actually as Mason Graham, one of the best players on the Michigan football team, shot down rumors of him entering the transfer portal on Monday.


"There's always going to be rumors," Graham said. "Michigan is where I want to be."