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Stateside: Matt Schembechler speaks out; Ford Maverick hybrid truck; FIA exhibit on gay identity

6/10/2021
Today on Stateside , the son of longtime University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler went on record to say that he, too, was abused by former UM doctor Robert Anderson. Also, a review of this week’s big auto industry reveal: Ford’s new hybrid mini-truck. Plus, one art fan’s collection, and the personal statement it reflects about gay identity.

Duration:00:49:47

Doing it for Detroit: Cass Tech’s women’s lacrosse team wraps up first season

6/1/2021
2020 was supposed to be an exciting year for women’s lacrosse players at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

Duration:00:08:18

Fielding Yost’s racist call against a Black UM football player in 1934, and the fallout in 2021

5/26/2021
Back in 1934, the University of Michigan and Georgia Tech football teams met in a game at Michigan Stadium. Ahead of the event, Georgia Tech made a demand of the U of M athletic director, legendary football coach Fielding Yost: bench Michigan’s Black football player, Willis Ward, or Georgia Tech would refuse to compete. Yost agreed to the racist request and barred Ward from playing and from the stadium that day.

Duration:00:18:18

Pandemic all-stars: In a tough year, Michigan college athletes bring home big titles

5/11/2021
There have been a few big title wins for collegiate athletics in Michigan this spring, despite the challenge of competing amid a public health crisis. The women’s gymnastics team at University of Michigan won the NCAA national championship, and both the women’s field hockey team at U of M and the women’s golf team at Michigan State University won Big Ten Conference titles.

Duration:00:14:29

Final Four dreams dashed: Top-seeded Michigan men lose to No. 11 UCLA 51-49

3/31/2021
INDIANAPOLIS — Johnny Juzang scored 28 points while playing most of the second half on a hurt ankle, and UCLA survived a series of nail-biting misses by top-seeded Michigan in the closing seconds for a 51-49 victory Tuesday night that made the Bruins the fifth No. 11 seed ever to reach the Final Four.

Duration:00:04:25

Michigan men top Florida State 76-58, advance to Elite Eight

3/29/2021
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — What was touted as the marquee matchup in the Sweet 16 turned into a dud. For everyone but Michigan, that is. Seven-foot-1 freshman Hunter Dickinson had 14 points and eight rebounds and the top-seeded Wolverines took the inside route to the Elite Eight, pounding away in the paint Sunday for a 76-58 takedown of surprisingly helpless Florida State. Franz Wagner had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan. The Wolverines scored their first 30 points of the second half from...

Duration:00:05:02

Bacon on Michigan State men's early exit, U of M's hopes, and a March Madness protest

3/19/2021
The NCAA men's basketball tournament is underway, and for Michigan State, it's already over. Early Friday morning in West Lafayette, Indiana, the Spartans lost to UCLA 86-80 in overtime. Thursday's play-in games also determined Michigan's first round opponent. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for a look at both teams, the upcoming start of women's tournament, and more.

Duration:00:05:02

John U. Bacon on surprises and disappointments in Big Ten men's and women's basketball tournaments

3/12/2021
It's conference tournament time in college basketball. There have been upsets and disappointments in the Big Ten men's and women's tournaments in Indianapolis. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for a look at the highs and lows.

Duration:00:04:52

A long-running sled dog race in the UP makes tough decision to cancel this year’s run

2/3/2021
From the ski slopes to the snow trails, decreased snowfall and heightened risk of COVID-19 has made this winter season a strange one for many Michiganders hoping to enjoy their favorite cold-weather pastimes. That means that in the Marquette area of the Upper Peninsula, this particular February won’t bring its annual major sled dog races — or the crowd of spectators, mushers, and dogs that usually attend the events.

Duration:00:15:57

Details of University of Michigan's decision to shut down all athletics because of COVID-19 variant

1/25/2021
The University of Michigan has put its athletic activities on hold. Athletic facilities are closed, and practices, training sessions, and competitions are all shut down. This comes after several people associated with the athletic department tested positive for the new COVID B.1.1.7. variant.

Duration:00:04:56

Harbaugh's new contract adds some sanity to college football

1/15/2021
After weeks of waiting, University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and athletic director Warde Manuel finally agreed to extend Harbaugh’s contract through 2025. There are no polls tracking fan reaction, but it’s clear Michigan fans don’t feel the same way they did six years ago, when Harbaugh surprised the sporting world by returning to coach his alma mater.

Duration:00:03:13

Delay in determining Harbaugh's future creates tough choice for recruits

12/11/2020
University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel announced this week that he and football coach Jim Harbaugh would determine Harbaugh’s future on Dec. 19. That’s the day after high school recruits commit to their future schools. In other words, by delaying the decision, Michigan will force a couple dozen high school students to make one of the most important decisions of their lives without knowing who their head coach will be. Waiting until December 19 is an uncharacteristically...

Duration:00:03:37

"City of Champions" combines Detroit sports history with the city's highs and lows

12/4/2020
Detroit loves its sports, and sometimes even loves the results. The new book City of Champions details pivotal Detroit sports moments spanning more than 250 years, and documents how sports history is woven into the city's overall successes and struggles.

Duration:00:08:07

Bacon: Michigan, MSU to play 113th football game, but with COVID-19 changes

10/30/2020
The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans will meet on the football field Saturday afternoon for the 113th time. The teams will kick off at noon at a nearly empty Michigan stadium in Ann Arbor. Sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou for a preview.

Duration:00:04:51

Stateside: Big Ten football returns; where "86" came from; pre-Civil War Michigan history

10/23/2020
Today on Stateside , Big Ten football returns this weekend. A sports columnist talks us through what collegiate football games will be like in a pandemic year. Also, a look at what life was like for African American people in Michigan prior to the Civil War. Plus, a Black family wonders whether they’re still welcome in their home in Cadillac.

Duration:00:05:14

Bacon: As Big Ten football begins, COVID-19 looms large

10/23/2020
The Big Ten Conference opens its 2020 football season Friday night, but the games people care about in these parts are happening Saturday. Michigan State will host Rutgers in East Lansing in the afternoon. Michigan will visit Minnesota Saturday night. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition to discuss a season altered dramatically by COVID-19 before it even begins.

Duration:00:04:58

Varsity video games: Why Michigan universities are investing in the growing world of esports

10/1/2020
Remember the first time you outraced your sibling in Mario Kart? Or, back in the heyday of arcades, the rush of seeing your name pop up on the high score board for Pac-Man? Well, the thrill of competitive video gaming isn't limited to living rooms and arcades anymore as esports teams take their place among traditional college athletics.

Duration:00:18:07

Restoration of Hamtramck's Negro Leagues stadium shines up a historic baseball diamond

9/23/2020
It’s been a long time since the historic Hamtramck Stadium has heard the roar of a crowd. One of the few Negro Leagues ballparks left in the nation, it’s stood empty and neglected for years. But in its heyday, back before professional baseball was integrated, it was home to the Detroit Stars. Legendary Black ballplayers like Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson played there. Now, a local nonprofit wants to honor the stadium’s history and restore it to its former glory.

Duration:00:19:37

Big Ten reverses course, decides to start football next month

9/16/2020
The Big Ten has reversed course. There will be college football this fall. The Big Ten announced Wednesday that the fall football season will begin October 23 . The conference has not said when or if other fall sports will also get the go ahead.

Duration:00:07:44

Bacon: As Big Ten football considers start dates, serious COVID-19 questions remain

9/4/2020
Pop-up tents, coolers, and cornhole sets will be sitting, unused, in sheds and garages across the state of Michigan Saturday morning.

Duration:00:04:57