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MGoBlue Podcasts with Jon Jansen
52 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
In the Trenches 192 - Northwestern Preview
40 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Defend the Block 54 - Zeb Jackson & Chris Williams
44 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
In the Trenches 191 - Steve Clinkscale & Nebraska Preview
We have two great guests this week! We begin with the newest member of the Wolverines coaching staff--Defensive Passing Game Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach Steve Clinkscale--who talks about the process of taking the job here with Michigan (1:45), his acclimation process into the program (5:45), and how to work with and develop those around him in the program (11:45). Then, we roll along with our game-by-game preview by breaking down Michigan's trip to Nebraska with Huskers sideline reporter Jeremiah Sirles. He discusses the Huskers' quest to return to contender status in the Big Ten (19:00), some of the key players and storylines for Nebraska's offense (23:00), the potential of the Huskers' defense (35:15), and his thoughts on Nebraska's fan base and gameday experience (39:20).
30 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Defend the Block 53 - Franz Wagner
Brian catches up with now former Wolverine Franz Wagner about his decision to enter the NBA Draft (9:00), his time in Ann Arbor as a student and a player (14:30), his experiences with Head Coach Juwan Howard (20:00), and some of his favorite memories during his time at Michigan (23:30).
56 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
In the Trenches 190 - Wisconsin Preview
In this week's "Seven from 77," Jon discusses the successful completion of all 2020-21 sports as of this weekend (4:15), Adam Coon's attempt to make the Tennessee Titans' roster (12:00), and the latest reports surrounding the College Football Playoff format (15:30). Then, we continue our game-by-game previews for 2021 by welcoming in Wisconsin play-by-play voice Matt Lepay, who discusses Barry Alvarez's legacy (28:30), the potential of Graham Mertz and the Badgers' offense (34:30), and some of the keys for Wisconsin defensively (44:15).
51 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Defend the Block 52 - Kim Barnes Arico & Harry Rafferty
We check in on Michigan women's basketball this week, as Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico chats with Brian about each of her three new assistants (11:00), what she and the players are up to at this stage of the offseason (19:30), and Naz Hillmon's opportunity to represent Team USA in next week's AmeriCup (26:30). Then, we have our final one-on-one interview with the new-look women's basketball coaching staff. Harry Rafferty stops by to discuss the work with the program that helped him earn an assistant position (31:00), the acclimation process for the new-look staff (35:30), and his close relationship with former Wolverine Duncan Robinson (42:15).
21 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Conqu'ring Heroes 26 - Jerry Clayton & James Henry
On this week's episode, Jon catches up with the two Head Coaches of Michigan Track & Field, Jerry Clayton and James Henry. They discuss the unique challenges of the season (1:00), the dividing of responsibilities between them and among their staff members (6:00), their expectations for the individuals who qualified for this weekend's NCAA Outdoor Championships (8:00), and the environment they are expecting in Eugene, Ore., for the event (17:00).
52 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
In the Trenches 189 - Remembering Laurie Carr, Rutgers Preview
We begin by discussing the life of Laurie Carr, the wife of former Wolverines Head Coach Lloyd Carr, who passed away last week (6:00). Then, Jon discusses the return of in-person recruiting (14:30) before continuing to preview each 2021 game by welcoming in Chris Carlin, the play-by-play voice for Rutgers football. Chris breaks down the improved talent within the Scarlet Knights' defense (26:00), the effect that Greg Schiano has had on the program (32:30), and his impressions on the potential of the Rutgers offense (38:00).
30 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Defend the Block 51 - Hunter Dickinson
Hunter Dickinson stops by to break down his decision to enter the NBA Draft, while maintaining his college eligibility (8:30). Hunter also shares some of the improvements he has made on and off the floor (13:00), reflects on his memories from last year's incredible team (20:00), and reacts to his former high school head coach Mike Jones' new position at Virginia Tech (25:30).
24 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Conqu'ring Heroes 25 - Erik Bakich
Fresh off Michigan Baseball earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament, Jon Jansen welcomes Head Coach Erik Bakich to discuss the emotions before and after Monday's Selection Show (0:45), the status of the Big Ten entering this year's tournament (4:00), some of the Wolverines' key contributors this season (10:30), and a few other thoughts on this weekend's South Bend Regional (14:30).
48 minutes | May 27, 2021
In the Trenches 188 - "We're Back" Reaction, NIU Preview
We begin this week's episode by discussing the athletic department's statement that events are on a path to return to full capacity starting in the fall (2:00). Jon and Brian also discuss the impact that this news will have on the team (11:15), along with a few news items regarding the Michigan staff (13:00). Then, we continue our previews of each 2021 game with a look at the Northern Illinois Huskies, as their play-by-play voice Bill Baker stops by to talk about the Huskies' youth movement (24:00), his impressions of third-year head coach Thomas Hammock (28:00), the impact that grad transfer Rocky Lombardi can have at quarterback (32:00), and some of the other key Huskies to watch come September 18 (37:00).
35 minutes | May 26, 2021
Defend the Block 50 - Jay Smith
Brian catches up with Jay Smith, the Director of Player Personnel and Development for Michigan men's basketball, about the unique challenges of the last year (2:30), the development of Juwan Howard from incoming Wolverine player to current Wolverine Head Coach (7:45), the importance of continuity among players and staff members (17:00), his impressions of some of the returning and incoming players (22:15), and his emotions surrounding the Fab Five's presence around the program (28:45).
65 minutes | May 20, 2021
In the Trenches 187 - Washington Preview
After a wide-ranging "Seven from 77," Jon and Brian continue their game-by-game preview of the 2021 season by breaking down the biggest non-conference matchup--September 11 against Washington--with Tony Castricone, the Voice of the Huskies. During the conversation, Tony reflects on his time working with the Michigan Radio Network (25:40), discusses some of the key storylines and position battles surrounding the Huskies this offseason (31:00), describes the start of the head coaching era for Jimmy Lake (50:15), and shares some stories of living with Brian for five years (54:00).
43 minutes | May 19, 2021
Defend the Block 49 - Luke Wilson, Val Nainima
We begin this week with another outgoing Wolverine, as Brian chats with Luke Wilson about his memories from last season (7:45), his journey from Michigan fan to Michigan player (13:40), and his plans now that his playing days are over (22:30). Then, Brian welcomes the newest member of Michigan women's basketball - Assistant Coach Val Nainima - to talk about her first few days with the program (27:40), her impression of the team and some of its key players (31:00), and her journey from Fiji to the United States and, ultimately, the University of Michigan (35:00).
26 minutes | May 18, 2021
Conqu'ring Heroes 24 - Carol Hutchins
We catch up with another Big Ten champion here on Conqu'ring Heroes. This week, it's Softball Head Coach Carol Hutchins, who discusses the challenging journey to another league title (1:00), the growth and importance of the senior class (7:30), her impressions of the team heading into the NCAA Tournament (14:15), and her frustrations about the tournament's selection process (20:00).
43 minutes | May 13, 2021
In the Trenches 186 - Blake Corum
In this week's "Seven from 77," Jon reacts to the hiring of Steve Clinkscale as the program's new Defensive Passing Game Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach (3:40). Then, Jon sits down with running back Blake Corum to discuss his development since coming to Michigan (26:00), the mindset of the running back room (30:15), the importance of his strict workout routine (33:45), his fit into this offense (36:50), and the team's goals heading into the season (39:15).
43 minutes | May 12, 2021
Defend the Block 48 - Carrie Moore, CJ Baird
We begin with newly-hired Michigan women's basketball assistant coach Carrie Moore. She talks about the emotions and motivations surrounding her hiring at Michigan (3:20), her impressions of Naz Hillmon and the rest of the current roster (6:45), her journey from a star at Detroit Country Day to a successful assistant coach (9:25), and the keys to her role as the program's new recruiting coordinator (14:20).Then, new U-M graduate CJ Baird joins the show to reflect on the lessons and memories from his basketball career (19:35), reminisce about his memorable three in the 2018 Sweet 16 (25:20), discuss the importance and development of his role on the scout team (32:40), and share his short- and long-term career goals (38:25).
21 minutes | May 11, 2021
Conqu'ring Heroes 23 - Mark Rothstein
Jon catches up with Mark Rothstein, the only Head Coach in the history of the Michigan women's rowing program, about the long wait to return to play this season (0:40), his transition from football player to rowing coach (5:15), the organization of his roster for events (9:20), and this weekend's Big Ten Championships (14:30).
57 minutes | May 6, 2021
In the Trenches 185 - Draft Recap, WMU Preview
In this week's "Seven from 77," Jon breaks down the landing spots for each of the eight Wolverines drafted last week (11:45) and analyzes some of the key storylines from the NFL Draft (20:45). Then, we begin our game-by-game preview for the 2021 season by chatting with Western Michigan play-by-play broadcaster Robin Hook. Hook discusses some of the biggest player departures for the Broncos (30:45), the outlook for the 2021 team (36:20), and the potential upside for this experienced roster (48:30) in advance of the Week 1 matchup at Michigan Stadium.
37 minutes | May 5, 2021
Defend the Block 47 - Mike Smith
Brian begins this week's episode by reflecting on Franz Wagner's incredible Michigan career and reacting to his decision to enter the NBA Draft. Then, Brian catches up with another departing Wolverine, point guard Mike Smith. Mike discusses the early stages of his NBA Draft preparations (12:00), reflects on his journey to and time in Ann Arbor (15:50), breaks down his evolution and improvement as a player over the last year (22:15), identifies a few of his favorite moments from last season (26:10), and shares his advice to future Wolverines (32:10).
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