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Who do you think the best coach in the Big Ten is?

NCAA Football: Florida at Michigan Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. We’re one week away from the longest day of the year, meaning that wonderful time when we march toward fall and college football is almost upon us. Soon that evening light will be turning to shadow, and the Victors will once again take the field. Realizing that, the Brews is a little football heavy today - but we mix in some basketball and lacrosse news as well.

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Let’s get to it:

Shea Patterson the favorite to be Michigan’s QB. Says MLive’s Aaron McMann. He argues, “the junior is armed with more experience than any other quarterback on the Michigan roster. Not only has he played in more games, but he’s played in big games. And not only has he played in those games, but he’s shown the potential to put up big numbers, too.” I will note that McMann says it’s far from a done deal, and others on the roster will state their cases in fall camp. For the full take, check out the link above.

Athlon Sports ranks the B1G coaches. This is one of the things you do when you’re in the depths of the off-season. You come out with way-too-early Top-25s and season predictions that are a lot like throwing darts at a board. Not satisfied with the usual off-season content, Athlon Sports decided to rank B1G football coaches. Where does Jim Harbaugh fall? Fourth. Behind Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, and James Franklin, in that order.

Lacrosse adds Justin Turri to coaching staff. Coming off a tie for the program’s most wins in a single season, head lacrosse coach Kevin Conry is adding Justin Turri to his coaching staff. Turri is coming from Harvard where he was the offensive coordinator. His stops prior to that include West Point, Providence, and a college career where he was a four-year starter at Duke.

Football close to 1,000 donated tickets. For the military appreciation game against SMU, that is. For those who missed Tuesday Brews a week ago, the athletic department is giving fans the opportunity to buy tickets for active duty personnel and veterans for the matchup against SMU You may do so HERE. Last season, the military appreciation game was against Air Force. Tickets are $55 if you want to chip in for a good cause.

Jake Rudock to Amarah Darboh. Man, there’s a connection Michigan’s offense could have used last season. It was one that BTN used to mark roughly two and a half months to the return of college football this past Saturday. To relive the electric play from three seasons ago, check out the video above.

Curious how things played out between John Beilein, Michigan, and the Detroit Pistons? Check out the interview above with Nick Baumgardner about how things went down from his point of view.