Friday, September 4, 2020 - 8:02pm
The Daily's football beat will miss the energy of football gamedays.

On Saturday, the Michigan football team would have been opening its season against Washington in Seattle. Next week, it would have been opening its home slate against Ball State in Ann Arbor. And The Daily would have been there for it all. Instead, like everyone else, we’ll be sitting at home, missing the joys of fall.

So on the day that Michigan’s season would have started, here’s what we’ll miss most:

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 7:33pm
Ryan Hayes has grown into a leader along Michigan's offensive line.

“Ryan Hayes has taken that leadership role on the O-line,” Paye said Thursday. “I feel like he’s been getting those guys right.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 8:31pm

The decision earlier this month to cancel the season, Harbaugh says, was hastily made and did not take players’ voices into consideration. Now, he has public support from his brother John, the Baltimore Ravens’ head coach.

Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 4:02pm
Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds leads a student athlete BLM protest throughout Ann Arbor Sunday afternoon.

When Tariq Speights reached out to him earlier this month with the idea of an athlete-led protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wis., Hunter Reynolds knew there was a unique opportunity at hand.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 4:57pm
A group of Michigan players' parents is planning to protest the cancelation of football season next weekend.

On August 11, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren canceled fall sports to keep communities safe amid a pandemic that has claimed 182,000 American lives in the past six months. Twelve days later, Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis.

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 1:48pm
Zingerman's Delicatessen is expecting to lose $250,000 in catering revenue without football season.

Nancy Eubanks’s job isn’t one that lends itself to social distancing. She’s the catering director for Zingerman’s Delicatessen, a job that like so many in Ann Arbor, is made possible by large groups of people. Especially every other Saturday in the fall.

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 4:08pm
Fall athletes will be given an extra year of eligibility.

On Friday, the NCAA answered that question, with the Board of Directors approving a blanket waiver for all fall sport athletes to keep their year of eligibility, regardless of whether they play this season, per a release.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:41pm
Jalen Mayfield declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

On Tuesday afternoon, just one week after the Big Ten announced the postponement of its football season to the spring, Jalen Mayfield declared for the NFL Draft.

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 1:05pm
Parents of Michigan football players released a letter advocating for a season.

On Monday morning, just six days after the Big Ten announced its decision to postpone football season to spring amid the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, a group of Michigan parents released a letter advocating for the season to be reinstated.

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 2:26am
Michigan's 2021 recruiting class is in a unique situation due to the pandemic.

When Michigan students trickle back to campus in the coming weeks, they’ll arrive in an Ann Arbor without college football for the first time since 1882.