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THE REVIEW: All part of the journey

As the 2013 season came to a close for the Detroit Lions, under the direction of Jim Schwartz, the front office knew it was time for a change. Though the season was an improvement from the previous year, the performance was not enough to provide job security, especially for a city as hungry for improvement as Detroit.

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SPORTS GALORE: Feeling pretty good about Harbaugh

This is a column that may come back to bite me. There will no shortage of “I told you he wasn’t coming to Michigan.” But I don’t care. I feel in just a few days, Jim Harbaugh will reunite with the University of Michigan and become the Wolverines new head coach. This is just my personal opinion.

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THE REVIEW: Coreau continues to shine

If you would have told Jeff and Sharon Coreau that a visit to a National League Hockey game would alter the future of their 7-year-old son, they would have most likely just looked at you and smiled. As he slid into his seat, three rows behind the goalie that evening, young Jared Coreau discovered the direction he wanted to go.

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THE REVIEW: Tasting a title

t’s been a long time coming. The paper bag hoods have been placed on the shelf and a devoted group of football enthusiasts are learning to revisit an aspect of the game that seems to have avoided Detroit Lions fans for far too long.

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THE REVIEW: A pit stop in Booker

Any road trip enthusiast will be the first to tell you that some of the most picturesque towns across America are not discovered on purpose. If you should happen to make your way along State Highway 15 through the northeast corner of the Texas panhandle, you may be just fortunate enough to stumble across the town of Booker.

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SPORTS GALORE: Speculation season upon us

For plenty of college football teams it’s bowl season. For the University of Michigan football program it’s speculation season. After 33 consecutive bowl appearances (1975 to 2007), the Wolverines will not partake in the traditional month of meaningless games, sponsored by anything and everything, in warm, sunny locations across the country, otherwise known as bowl season, for the third time in seven years.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: To separate or not to separate

Many people who either have a child playing sports in high school or coaches, think the private schools are at an advantage when it comes to competition. Some believe the private schools are able to recruit some of the best athletes in the state, where public schools, because of a bylaw by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, are only able to get athletes who are in the school district and not outside.

Niagara coach Rob McCoy discusses a play with two umpires during a game. - Courtesy photo

THE REVIEW: Coaching beyond the field

Try asking a collegiate coach to display a hard copy of his job description and you are bound to be greeted with a healthy chuckle. Remove the designated photo ops of media day and you will come to discover that a coach’s role is far from simply being the figurehead of a collegiate franchise. Any of them will be the first to tell you that their responsibility goes much deeper than simply shouting instruction against the play clock.

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THE REVIEW: A voice for a generation

Legendary coach John Wooden once said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” To University of Michigan head softball coach Carol Hutchins, this has been a way of life since day one.

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THE REVIEW: Logic and ping pong

Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation