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Thursday Morning Brews: The fourth

Took my chances on a big jet plane


Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. With the holiday, and just due to a dearth of Michigan news, the Brews are a little light today. With that being said, we still have a good mix of football-related content for your Thursday morning.

As usual, there is a song referenced in this morning’s article. There are at least two clues. Clues may be words, phrases, or photos, and may reference lyrics, the artist, or the album. If you think you know this morning’s song, fire away down in the comments.

Let’s get to it:

Cross country team caps strong year. Women’s cross country had yet another successful season under head coach Mike McGuire, winning the Big Ten title and with McGuire earning unanimous Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. The team won four of their five meets this season, finishing in second place in the one meet the team didn’t win. This is the third year in a row that the women’s team has taken home the Big Ten title. NCAA Regionals begin a week from tomorrow.

CFP Chair likes Michigan. By now you all know that Michigan is No. 5 in the initial CFP rankings of the season. After the rankings were released, CFP Committee Chair Rob Mullens made some comments on a conference call with reporters where he said, “Michigan has a very strong resume. Their only loss is to the No. 4-ranked team on the road, in the first game of the year.” He also said Michigan had, “Strong road wins -- Michigan State and Northwestern. Great on defense. Michigan is a very, very good team.” It looks like the Wolverines are well positioned to move up in the rankings if they keep winning.

Former Michigan assistant D.J. Durkin fired by Maryland. The result that many expected, and had been calling for, has now come to pass. Yesterday evening the University of Maryland announced it had fired D.J. Durkin. Maryland and Durkin had been surrounded by controversy after the untimely death of Jordan McNair during summer conditioning drills. The University had initially announced that Durkin would be retained, and that University President Wallace Loh would retire at the end of the academic year. However, after sustained criticism from the public and politicians, including Maryland’s governor, the regents reversed course and parted ways with Durkin.

#MoreChaos. After last weekend’s games where 11 AP Top-25 teams lost, it’s hard to be surprised by much of anything this season. In that spirit, Bill Connelly, SB Nation stat and S&P+ guru, took it upon himself to come up with crazy ways the final CFP rankings could shake out. If you’re a fan of #Chaos, check out the article above.

Hope you had a happy Halloween, folks. If you or your kids went as anything Michigan related, feel free to share down in the comments.