Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
In addition to taking flak for his team's poor performance on the field last fall, Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez drew criticism for what some called not making a strong enough connection to the program's history and tradition.
Rodriguez is trying to bridge the gap with some exciting spring game events Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Fans will be able to tour the Wolverines locker room, and one of the highlights is an alumni flag football game to be played at approximately 10 a.m. ET.
Michigan announced a tentative roster for the alumni game Tuesday (the final roster will be finalized Thursday). The participants include former running back Anthony Thomas, former quarterback Rick Leach and former cornerback Zia Combs, who suffered a career-ending neck injury in 2002.
Several Michigan alums currently playing in the NFL also will be in attendance at the Big House, including Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley and Indianapolis Colts running back Mike Hart.
"I think [the fans will] be entertained," Rodriguez told reporters before today's practice. "There are a lot of neat events that are planned. I think the weather right now will be be pretty good so I think it will be a fun day."