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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.
This was a great piece. Hats off to Brendan Quinn.
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.
Glad he didn’t.
A somewhat short and straight-forward piece, with interesting quotes from Chase.
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.
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’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.
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.
I am way late on this link, but I enjoyed this a lot.
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.
According to Stewart Mandel, three of the five best college coaches reside in the Big Ten East.