Michigan Wolverines news: Sherrone Moore announces hires, plus a Michigan basketball prediction

In our latest Michigan Wolverines news roundup, Sherrone Moore, the Michigan football coach, has announced new assistant coaches, plus a winnable game for the Michigan basketball team.
Ohio State v Michigan
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Friday turned out to be a buy day for Sherrone Moore and the Michigan football program as the Michigan Wolverines made three staff announcements.

The first move announced was probably the most important as Moore and Michigan football announced that Kirk Campbell would take over as the offensive coordinator. He will also continue to coach quarterbacks.

Moore still needs to hire a defensive coordinator, but he did hire Jay Harbaugh's replacement to coach the special teams as J.B. Brown was elevated from special teams analyst, a job he's had since the 2021 season to special teams coach.

Another move expected to be made by the Michigan Wolverines is the addition of Steve Casula as tight ends coach, according to a report from The Wolverine. Casula spent two years on the Michigan football staff as an offensive analyst before spending the past two seasons as UMass offensive coordinator under Don Brown.

Adding Brown on special teams makes a lot of sense. Michigan football players said he had a key role behind the scenes sort of like Kirk Campbell and the offense in 2022 when he was an analyst.

As it stands now, the Michigan Wolverines need to hire a defensive coordinator, a linebackers coach, and a safety coach. They will also have an extra opening since Campbell will coach quarterbacks. There has been no official word on running backs coach Mike Hart, D-line coach Mike Elston, or secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator, Steve Clinkscale.

A winnable game for the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

It's been a rough season for Michigan basketball. The Michigan Wolverines are 7-13 as they are set to host Rutgers on Saturday. They also sit in last place in the Big Ten at 2-8.

Michigan basketball has dropped nine of its last 10 games as well as 12 of the past 15. The win over Ohio State was the only bright spot in this ugly stretch. Dug McDaniel will be able to play on Saturday for the Wolverines against Rutgers (4 PM, BTN) which helps. The Michigan Wolverines would get out of the cellar with a win, which would move the Scarlet Knights in last.

Michigan basketball is literally playing in a battle of last-place teams in February. That's a brutal reality for a program that played for the national title twice in the previous decade.

Rutgers is a strong defensive team, but one of the worst offensive teams in the Big Ten. Of the final 10 games, seven are against teams currently projected in the NCAA tournament. There are two games against Rutgers and one against Ohio State.


So the Wolverines need to take advantage of the opportunity on Saturday. There might not be many more winnable games for Michigan basketball in the 2023-24 season, as sad as that is to say. My prediction is a win, because it can't get any worse right?