The Michigan Wolverines secured a waiver to ensure second-year players Blake Corum and Nikhai Hill-Green would be eligible to play this season after their former high school coach was hired to Jim Harbaugh’s support staff. This report comes from Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press.
Biff Poggi has been brought back onto the staff in a behind-the-scenes role as the associate head coach. He previously held this title at Michigan in 2016 before moving on to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. Corum and Hill-Green were a pair of stars on the team when Poggi was there. To some, this raised questions about their eligibility.
An NCAA rule that was passed in 2017 prevents schools from hiring support staff members for two years before and after a player’s recruitment. Michigan obtained the waiver that made sure they were not in breach of the rules.
“The waiver ensures the players retain their eligibility and allowed the department to proceed with the hire of Biff,” a Michigan spokesperson told the Free Press.
It never seemed like this was in doubt, but it is positive that there is closure here. It sounds like Michigan was proactive in clearing Corum and Hill-Green before proceeding to bring back Poggi. All is well here.
Coaching staff note
Speaking of the support staff, Michigan director of recruiting Aashon Larkins was announced as an addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars scouting department on Tuesday through a minority fellowship. This allows him to get hands-on experience and a first-hand look at a different opportunity for a limited amount of time. A Michigan spokesman confirmed to Maize n Brew that Larkins will be back with the program sometime in the next week or so.
The Jaguars announced earlier that U-M Director of Recruiting Aashon Larkins has been added to their scouting department through a minority fellowship. He'll be on staff through training camp.— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) August 3, 2021
U-M spokesman tells me Larkins is expected back in Ann Arbor sometime next week.
The same applies to defensive backs assistant Stephen Adegoke, who has a fellowship with the Las Vegas Raiders. He and Larkins will return to Ann Arbor around the same time.
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