The Michigan Insider podcast

The Michigan Insider

The Michigan Insider is combining all three of its podcasts, The Wolverine247 podcast, The Michigan Recruiting Insider, and the Michigan Basketball Insider into one mega-podcast. All your Michigan podcast needs in one place.

The Michigan Insider is combining all three of its podcasts, The Wolverine247 podcast, The Michigan Recruiting Insider, and the Michigan Basketball Insider into one mega-podcast. All your Michigan podcast needs in one place.

 

#678

Takeaways, observations from Michigan's Spring Game

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz break down their biggest takeaways and observations on both sides of the ball from Michigan's annual spring game. They open with a look at the offense. They discuss a quarterback room that seems to be down to a two-man battle for quarterback, and one that Michigan — at least publicly — says does not plan to involve a transfer portal addition. They also look at a deeper-than-expected tight end room, a wide receiver room that is short-staffed and standouts at running back and offensive line. In the second half of the episode, they take a look at Michigan’s defense. They discuss what they saw from the Wolverines’ reserve defensive linemen and edge rushers, including some players who impressed. They look at a couple standout newcomers at linebacker, a defensive backfield with a lot of athleticism and potential, and then look at special teams to close out the episode. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Apr 2024

49 MINS

49:18

21 Apr 2024


#677

Spring game preview: Michigan storylines, positions and players to watch in Maize vs. Blue scrimmage

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz preview the Michigan football team’s spring game, looking at the quarterback battle, other storylines and other players they’ll be watching closely on Saturday. They open with a lengthy discussion about Michigan’s quarterback battle — far and away the most significant part of Saturday’s event. They discuss if and how the battle has changed this spring, why they remain a little skeptical of the room as a whole, and what they want to see from players on Saturday. They also touch on the transfer portal’s impact on the room, and where they stand on the debate over adding a quarterback in the portal.  In the second half of the episode, they look at the other storylines to watch in the game. They look at the changing of the guard in the skill position roles, and why they aren’t as concerned about the offensive line as the numbers would suggest. They then look at the defense, looking at roles to fill in the secondary, depth to be found up front and other players and positions to watch.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Apr 2024

54 MINS

54:54

19 Apr 2024


#676

Reacting to Michigan hiring Dusty May as next head basketball coach

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz offer their initial thoughts on Michigan hiring Dusty May to be its next head men’s basketball coach. They open with a look at why the hire makes a lot of sense for Michigan. They dig in to what May did well in building Florida Atlantic up, why the Wolverines beat out other programs for this year’s “it” candidate, the value of his college experience and the perks of the timing of the hire. They also look at some of the questions that persist even with the hiring of May. Included are discussions on May’s relative lack of experience, the challenges of recruiting at Michigan, what the rest of this offseason may look like and the overall unpredictability of college basketball.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Mar 2024

39 MINS

39:04

24 Mar 2024


#675

🏀 NCAA Tournament preview spectacular 🔥 Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander pick every game in their b...

Want more college hoops insight and bracket advice? Download and follow the Eye on College Basketball podcast on  [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eye-on-college-basketball/id268800565) ,  [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2vk8wq9lunf3agEif1kM8T?si=d96f6c1b53fc4f70)  or anywhere else you listen to podcasts.  The ONLY episode on the NCAA Tournament that you'll ever need is HERE! Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander will break down every game to give you the sleepers, cinderellas, bracket busters, and more! (01:00) - Kansas Kevin McCullar shut down for NCAA Tournament (09:50) - Virginia, we're not mad. We're just disappointed. (18:05) - We're picking brackets! (53:27) - Final Four Picks ---Eye on College Basketball is available for free on the Audacy app as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  ---Follow our team: @EyeonCBBPodcast @GaryParrishCBS @MattNorlander @Kyle_Boone @DavidWCobb @NataTheScribe ---You can listen to us on your smart speakers! Simply say, "Alexa, play the latest episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast," or "Hey, Google, play the latest episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast." ---Email the show for any reason whatsoever: ShoutstoCBS@gmail.com ---Visit Eye on College Basketball's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeFb_xyBgOekQPZYC7Ijilw ---For more college hoops coverage, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ ---To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Mar 2024

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:57

20 Mar 2024


#674

What went wrong in Juwan Howard's Michigan tenure, and what's next for the Wolverines in their head-...

In a loaded basketball episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz break down a number of key topics pertaining to Michigan firing Juwan Howard, and what’s next for the Wolverines’ program. They open with a look at how Juwan Howard’s once-promising coaching tenure went so south, so quickly. They discuss roster management, a loss of momentum, defensive struggles and late-game woes, as well as where Howard could have improved in the offseason. They then pivot to look at what Michigan can learn from the last five years, and what can be applied to the Wolverines’ head-coaching search. They look at how a roster can be constructed at Michigan, why a coach used to “doing more with less” can shine in Ann Arbor and why college coaching experience is critical to whomever the Wolverines choose. In the second half of the episode, they take a look at some of the top coaching candidates. They look at unlikely, but worthy candidates they would call first, realistic candidates that make the most sense, and some dark-horse candidates they are intrigued by. They also spend a lot of time discussing a potential return by John Beilein. They close with more discussion about how Howard’s tenure turned so sour, and discuss a number of smaller topics along the way. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Mar 2024

1 HR 44 MINS

1:44:18

16 Mar 2024


#673

Michigan hires Wink Martindale as defensive coordinator. What does it mean?

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz break down Michigan’s decision to hire Don “Wink” Martindale as its next defensive coordinator, and what’s next for him and the Wolverines. They open with an assessment of Michigan’s selection of Martindale, and dole out grades for the hire. They discuss Martindale’s strengths as a schematic coach, flush with high-level experience, and the continuity he can bring to a Michigan defense that thrived under two of Martindale’s mentees over the last three seasons. They also look at question marks the follow the hire, including Martindale’s potential shortcoming in recruiting, curiosity about how he’ll coach younger, less knowledgable players and how he’ll handle an effective demotion by returning to the college game. They continue the discussion by zooming out, and looking at what Michigan should prioritize as it fills out the rest of its defensive coaching staff, and how big of a concern player retention is on the defensive side of the ball right now. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Feb 2024

55 MINS

55:12

10 Feb 2024


#672

Sherrone Moore is officially Michigan's head coach. Now what?

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz discuss Michigan officially hiring Sherrone Moore as its next head football coach, then begin to look at what's next for Moore and the Wolverines. They open with a discussion of Moore’s press conference and the hiring being made official. They look at the value of Michigan keeping a similar identity and physical brand of football, as well as the press conference’s high attendance of coaches and players. They then turn the discussion to the biggest questions Moore will try to answer in the next week, including recruiting, staff and roster retention, a plan for spring practices and more. In the second half of the episode, they discuss a couple intriguing areas where Michigan could actually improve in the post-Jim Harbaugh era, look at how the media may portray Michigan different and take an early look at expectations for next season in Ann Arbor. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Jan 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:54

28 Jan 2024


#671

Jim Harbaugh departs for the NFL after nine seasons at Michigan. What's next for the Wolverines?

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz break down the news that Jim Harbaugh is headed back to the NFL after nine seasons at Michigan. They discuss Harbaugh's tenure, and offer a check list of what should be next on the Wolverines' agenda. They open with a look at Harbaugh’s decision to leave Michigan for the Los Angeles Chargers. They discuss the “surprise” of the move, what their initial reaction is and what they remember most about Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan. In the second half of the episode, they dig in to what’s next for the Wolverines. They discuss why Sherrone Moore is such a no-brainer candidate for Michigan’s next head coach, what makes him a compelling candidate and how promoting him can keep Michigan’s momentum going. They also look at the recruiting side of things, including how the Wolverines must go about recruiting their current players to stick around. They then close the episode with a look at what Michigan should be looking for in a defensive coordinator in the event that Jesse Minter also heads to the NFL. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Jan 2024

57 MINS

57:48

25 Jan 2024


#670

National championship recap: How Michigan climbed to college football's mountaintop

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz recap the Michigan football team's 34-13 win over Washington in the national title game, and offer some big-picture thoughts on how the Wolverines got to the top of the college football world. They open the show by looking at what decisions or changes Michigan made after its 2-4 2020 season that were most impactful on the Wolverines going 40-3 since. Quarterback play, trench dominance, a player-led culture and toughness are all mentioned. They then look at what impressed them most about Michigan's win over Washington, including defensive pressure, Donovan Edwards and more. In the second half of the episode, they look at the legacy of Michigan's ginormous senior class and what they accomplished, the most important stay-or-go decisions the Wolverines face, the value of the 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes and Michigan's ability to succeed in the face of outside noise. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Jan 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:18

10 Jan 2024


#669

National championship preview: How can Michigan hold off Washington, win national title

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz preview the Michigan football team’s national championship matchup against Washington. They discuss keys to the game on both sides of the ball, and make their predictions for the matchup. They open with a look at the biggest keys for Michigan’s defense, as it prepares to face off against the top-ranked passing attack in the country. They discuss Michael Penix Jr., Washington’s talented receivers and its award-winning offensive line. They look at how a surging Michigan pass-rush can alter the Huskies’ game plan, why being aggressive in the secondary can pay dividends and how stopping a run game trending the wrong way can be effective in stopping the pass game, too. In the second half of the episode, they look at the biggest keys for the Wolverines’ offense. They discuss why this could be a big game for Michigan’s play-action game, why the Wolverines should be able to sustain drives and kill clock with an effective run game, as well as a couple other weak points in Washington’s defense. They close with some parting thoughts on this year’s Michigan team, why it’s built to win a national championship, and make their predictions for Monday’s game. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Jan 2024

47 MINS

47:43

07 Jan 2024


#668

Rose Bowl recap: Inside Michigan's thrilling overtime win over Alabama

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Alejandro Zuniga offer their thoughts from the Michigan football team’s epic 27-20 overtime win over No. 4 Alabama in the Rose Bowl. They discuss the magnitude of the win, break down their top MVPs, plays and surprises from the game, as well as questions Michigan must answer before next Monday’s national championship game. They open the show by tackling the question of where Monday’s win ranks among the biggest wins in their lifetimes, and what other wins over the years would compare to it. Next, they look at their picks for offensive and defensive MVPs for the game. Both in players who led the charge, and impressed in a high-stakes game. In the second half of the episode, they tackle some of the biggest surprises in the game (both good and bad) and what went into them. They then close with some discussions on the biggest questions Michigan must answer ahead of its national title bout against Washington. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Jan 2024

57 MINS

57:26

04 Jan 2024


#667

Rose Bowl preview: Keys, X-factors for No. 1 Michigan vs. Alabama

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Alejandro Zúñiga break down their biggest takeaways from a week in Los Angeles as the Wolverines prepare for the Rose Bowl against Alabama.  They open with a discussion about Michigan’s final preparations for the CFP after talking to coaches and players from both teams. They discuss why the Wolverines are better prepared for the CFP than in years past and some of their observations from Michigan’s practices. Conversation then turns to breaking down the Rose Bowl itself. Shaw and Zúñiga give their offensive and defensive keys to the game — including what it’ll take to stop Jalen Milroe, and what the Wolverines need to do to move the ball against an excellent Crimson Tide edge group and secondary.  The conversation then ends with X factors, discussing some of the underrated players and keys that could be the deciding factor at the Rose Bowl. Zúñiga and Shaw then make their picks: Will Michigan be heading to Houston, or does the dream season end in Pasadena?  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Jan 2024

48 MINS

48:56

01 Jan 2024


#666

Michigan vs. Alabama breakdown: Previewing the Crimson Tide

Michigan football is back in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 2006 season, and a National Championship Game appearance is on the line. On this week's episode of Behind Enemy Lines, we get a position-by-position breakdown of the Alabama Crimson Tide with Cody Goodwin, who covers the SEC powerhouse for 247Sports. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Dec 2023

37 MINS

37:39

23 Dec 2023


#665

Big Ten championship preview, plus some early transfer portal thoughts

In this episode,Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz preview the Michigan football team's matchup against Iowa in the Big Ten championship game, offer their predictions and also look ahead to Michigan's role in the transfer portal with the portal window opening Dec. 4. The first third of the episode is devoted to the biggest keys for Michigan’s offense against a stout, consistent Iowa defense. They look at how the Hawkeyes have been able to stifle opposing offenses all season, and use defense and special teams to win games. They also make predictions for Michigan’s run game, pass protection and tight end usage in the contest. In the second section of the episode, they look at the keys for Michigan’s defense against the statistically worst offense in the country. They discuss why the Hawkeyes’ offense is worse than even usual, what the Wolverines may be on guard for anyways and make some over-under predictions for that matchup. They also make final score predictions for the game. Then, in the final third of the show, they take an early peak at Michigan in the transfer portal. They look at the Wolverines’ biggest needs on both sides of the ball, discuss why Michigan could be more aggressive than usual this month and other storylines to watch. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Dec 2023

57 MINS

57:06

01 Dec 2023


#664

Defensive breakdown with Vance Bedford - OSU recap & Looking ahead to B1G Title game vs Iowa

Sam Webb and former Michigan assistant (and Oklahoma State, Louisville, and Texas defensive coordinator) Vance Bedford break down Michigan's 30-24 victory over Ohio State, then look ahead to the Big 10 championship versus Iowa. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Nov 2023

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:31

30 Nov 2023


#663

Offensive breakdown with Al Borges - Recapping OSU & Looking ahead B1G title game

Former Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges and TMI's Sam Webb assess Michigan's offensive showing in its 30-24 victory over Ohio State, then look ahead to the Big 10 championship versus Iowa. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Nov 2023

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:04

30 Nov 2023


#662

Big Ten Championship Game preview: Behind Enemy Lines with the Iowa Hawkeyes

The Michigan Insider breaks down the Iowa Hawkeyes with David Eickholt from The Hawkeye Insider. A rematch of the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game awaits, and Iowa has gotten here in remarkable fashion. Despite the 133rd-ranked total offense in college football (out of 133) and injuries to several star players, the Hawkeyes clinched the Big Ten West with a week to spare. We discuss the players and storylines to watch on Iowa as they attempt to shock the world in Indianapolis. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Nov 2023

32 MINS

32:03

28 Nov 2023


#661

Michigan-OSU recap: Wolverines beat Buckeyes for third straight year

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz break down the Michigan football team’s 30-24 win over No. 2 Ohio State, the Wolverines’ third straight win in the series and a win that opens up Michigan’s title-winning possibilities. They open by looking at what was a sound, player-led team win for the Wolverines. They discuss Michigan’s lack of mistakes, as well as grit, experience and physicality on display all game. They then pivot to look into the Wolverines’ offense, in which an experienced, talented quarterback, fearless play-calling and a gritty second half gave Michigan the edge over a stout Ohio State defense. In the second half of the episode, they look at what Michigan’s defense did and did not do right in the game. They also look at the Wolverines’ special teams making a difference, where Ryan Day goes from here and what Michigan can aim to work on between now and the College Football Playoff. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Nov 2023

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:44

27 Nov 2023