Sun PM: Rec. Weekend; Texas-Rose; Hoop/FB Injuries

First off, the Dec. 3 <b>Football Recruiting Weekend</b> is over -- did anyone commit?<br><br> Secondly, The final BCS rankings are out -- and it's <b>TEXAS</b>, not Cal, in the Rose against the Wolverines!<br><br> And third, <b>Men's Basketball</b> gets hit with surgeries: Lester Abram and Graham Brown.<br>

The official visit weekend.

First off, no, one one committed. We will bring you interviews with each of the uncommitted visitors as they settle back in and pick up the phone! For now:

- Ath. Antonio Bass. We spoke briefly to the Bass' Sunday, but they did not want to go on the record with an interview. However, Antonio plans to take a MSU official visit this coming weekend, and then should decide between Michigan, Virginia Tech and the Spartans. Michigan looks to be in a strong position here, but V-Tech is a worry until he makes his decision.

- QB Jason Forcier: He attended with his mom and a sibling, always a good sign. It's down to U-M and ASU for him, with Michigan looking like they are in a strong position for's #10 quarterback. As he told GBW's Don Hoekwater this afternoon, he will attend a Michigan Rose Bowl practice. He also has an ASU in-home this coming week ... can they explain away hosting an official visit from Ben Olson after Forcier had committed to them?

- LB Brandon Logan. Brandon visited with his father, who has had a positive feeling for Michigan. Again, U-M should be in a strong position. He visited Tennessee last week, and will probably go to Kentucky this coming weekend (where his brother attends) before making his decision.

- OL Dace Richardson. He goes to Iowa this weekend, and USC Jan. 22, so U-M may well have to wait on this one. He also visited Tennessee in October.


The BCS Puts Texas in the Rose Bowl.

Surprise! 11-1 Texas snuck past Cal in the latest BCS poll, landing them in the Rose Bowl opposite the Wolverines (and giving Michigan another chance to stop a run-pass quarterback!). And it's USC vs. Oklahoma in the National Championship game. Click here for The BCS Poll on


The Surgery Bug Hits Men's Hoops.

From GBW's Sam Webb:

The problematic left shoulder injury that has plagued Lester Abram since the Big Ten tournament will sit him down for the rest of the 2004/2005 campaign. Attempts to rehab the injury have proved unsuccessful, giving way to another corrective measure. "After following the procedures provided by our team doctors and medical community, we have been advised that surgery would now be in Lester's best interest," said Michigan coach Tommy Amaker. "We will certainly do everything we can for Lester and his family throughout this upcoming surgery and rehabilitation process."

Because Abram has played in only three games this season he is eligible for a medical redshirt. A player that has played in only 20% of the season's games before the halfway point in the season can receive the waiver.

The bad luck theme on the injury front continued with news that Graham Brown will be out of commission for an extended period of time as well. He is set to have hernia surgery on December 7th.

"After having surgery this offseason to correct a similar injury, it has continued to cause Graham some difficulties," said U-M coach Tommy Amaker. "Our medical staff has advised us that surgery is the best option for Graham at this time."

The Michigan Wolverines head back into action against High Point Tuesday night at 7pm.


Good News on Football Injury Front

The Detroit News is reporting that wideout Jason Avant, who injured his leg in the Northwestern game (although he played against Ohio State) and was on crutches at the Football Bust, will play in the Rose Bowl. Coach Carr told the News that Avant would be back for the game.

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