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Eighteen days left.

International Champions Cup 2016 - Real Madrid v Chelsea

Hitting the Links Is Hitting The Links

Ahmir Mitchell, Shelton Johnson Suspended

Harbaugh has gotten a tiny bit of a bad rep for the press conference the other day, with headlines or comments about him walking off. Here’s a quote from him at the end of yesterday’s interview that I think is very fair.

"That's why I don't give you any information, because you're never satisfied. You want a second question, a third question, a fourth question. I just said we'd handle it internally."

In my mind, that’s a fair way to go about it.

To a somewhat more interesting discussion about what impact this has on the team: definitely not a lot. Michigan brought in a metric ton of wide receivers in the ‘16 cycle which helps mitigate a potential loss of Ahmir, and the staff is in on a handful of downright elite guys in ‘17. There will be a couple bumps, maybe, once Darboh and Chesson leave town - there will be a lot of eyes on Drake Harris and Mo Ways - but overall they should be fine.

At defensive end, this staff has proven wily at bringing in linebacker/DE types and figuring things out later. There are more numbers at that ‘position’ than anywhere else on the team.

The Brave New Future of Zach Gentry

This was a great piece. Hats off to Brendan Quinn.

Don Brown Talks Defensive Changes

I didn’t believe we’d find a better defensive coordinator than D.J. Durkin. Whaddayaknow, we might have.

As for which defenders stand to benefit the most from Brown’s more aggressive scheme, I’d probably have to say Jabrill. This is a big year for Jabrill to prove himself to NFL scouts, and he has the most opportunities now to take over the game.

Charles Woodson Talks About The Time He Almost Transferred

Glad he didn’t.

Chase Winovich Feels At Home At Defensive End

A somewhat short and straight-forward piece, with interesting quotes from Chase.

Big Ten Preseason Power Rankings

One important point here is that the conference is in flux. The bottom half of the league is getting better, and there are new coaches who will be taking a couple of bottom-feeder programs into the upper echelon, while a bad hire might cripple his program for a half-decade. This season will be hard to predict, but it will have a big impact on Big Ten football the rest of the decade.

Wisconsin QB Battle Neck And Neck

Arm strength is almost always overrated when discussing quarterbacks - Jamarcus Russell is a famous poster boy for this - while accuracy, consistency, and knowledge are underrated.

Nebraska WR Coach Gets Third DUI | Career Crossroads

Nebraska’s fan base and the program are having a lot of conversations right now about how best to handle a DUI situation by an assistant coach.

OSU’s Malcolm Pridgeon Out Three Months

Pridgeon, a rare JuCo transfer for Ohio State, was expected to help bolster the o-line depth this season. This is a big blow. Also, OSU will be without a reserve defensive lineman, Darius Slade, for the whole year.

Also, here are five main talking points as OSU gets camp underway.

Talking Anonymously About The Big Ten East

I am way late on this link, but I enjoyed this a lot.

Obinna Eze Commits To Memphis

Thought I’d throw this one in for those who follow recruiting. Happy trails to the blue-chip lineman who could have gone anywhere in the SEC.

Ranking The Football Coaches

According to Stewart Mandel, three of the five best college coaches reside in the Big Ten East.