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Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (54) / 12/23/1963

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Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh declined to name an offensive coordinator during Big Ten Media Days.
"We've really come a long way. We're so good right now, I think, at collaboration," Harbaugh said when asked about the current state (or lack thereof) of the offensive coordinator gig in Ann Arbor. While the coach declined to offer further clarity on the situation -- he literally said "I'm not going to explain it anymore" -- we're pretty good at playing Sherlock Holmes in our off time. Our best deduction? Pass-game coordinator/QB coach Pep Hamilton will be taking the lead on the staff, with WR coach Jim McElwain likely to also have a guiding hand in the offensive process. McElwain alluded to as much in the spring, when he said that "[Pep's] kind of running it." Regardless of the exact roles that everybody plays on staff this year, we expect this to be Harbaugh's best offensive team since taking over the reigns of his alma mater three years back. Jul 27 - 1:13 PM

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Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh didn't name Shea Patterson the starting quarterback during Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Monday.

"I have no announcements to make on the quarterback position today," Harbaugh said. Let's be honest, we all know this is going to be Shea Patterson. Harbaugh is going to do what Harbaugh do, however. He wouldn't announce Patterson as the starter if he was the only quarterback on the roster. We'll almost assuredly see -- barring injuries or something impossible to predict -- the Ole Miss quarterback under center for the opener against Notre Dame on September 1.
Jul 23 - 5:46 PM

Michigan AD Warde Manuel revealed that the athletic department is expected to have a budget surplus of $2.5 million for the 2018 fiscal year and projects a similar number for 2019.

Playing into these expectations and projections, Michigan will likely see a windfall in additional ticket sales for the fall, as the team has seven home games on the docket compared to just six contests in the Big House last season. While UM is still searching for its first Playoff berth on the gridiron, Warde's financial numbers are a sign of just how much healthy growth has occurred within the program since the hiring of Jim Harbaugh.
Jun 21 - 4:39 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that two players have left the program, but did not give their names.

Harbaugh said he would leave it up to the two unnamed players to announce their moves. As for who he's referring to, we'll do our best to read between the lines. The head coach did not mention redshirt sophomore RB Kareem Walker and sophomore RB Kurt Taylor when talking up his skill-position groups at length during the Best of the Midwest camp on Sunday. Now, neither young man has gone public with a transfer as of yet, but both would make sense as potential departures. Walker, in particular, is a player who we've been keeping an eye on this offseason. He initially signed on with Michigan as a highly-regarded four-star recruit in the 2016 class, but had issue with academics out of the gate and saw just 20 carries last season.
Source: Rivals
Jun 5 - 12:56 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that the team will travel to South Africa during the 2019 offseason.

The Wolverines have gradually expanded their range after taking flak for visiting Florida two springs ago. They upped the ante with Rome a year ago and just got back from their most recent journey, to France. While he's received criticisms for some of his unorthodox practices, Harbaugh fairly points out that football players are not afforded the same study-abroad opportunities as your average UM student and that these trips help to augment their university experience.
May 23 - 12:29 PM

Authorities have chosen not to file charges against former Michigan LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse in relation to a series of threatening social media posts aimed at Wolverines HC Jim Harbaugh.

Police at the university conducted a month-long investigation into several disturbing posts made by Mbem-Bosse last month, including one which read that "Michigan is open carry. Let's not forget. Not your friend." and another which read that "It's on tomorrow." The latter tweet tagged Harbaugh. The former UM linebacker apologized after those posts were made and the investigation's now been closed. Hopefully all parties involved can move forward in a healthy, productive fashion. Mbem-Bosse left the program in November, though whether that was of his own volition or a team decision is unclear.
May 16 - 11:37 AM

Michigan AD Manuel Warde said that he wants HC Jim Harbaugh to remain with the program until Harbaugh retires.

"I’m extremely pleased with where we are from a staffing, coaching standpoint and Jim (Harbaugh) and [UM basketball HC John Beilein] are two people that I would love to see retire from this institution, retire from coaching," Warde said. We've been somewhat underwhelmed by Harbaugh's run at Michigan to date, but he clearly has the backing of the administration and has the talent on hand this year to potentially make a Playoff run. Our biggest question with Harbaugh has always been not whether the Wolverines will can him if the program can't get to where it needs to go, but if Harbaugh, himself, has the patience to stay on board through thick and thin. Michigan has yet to finish higher than third in the Big Ten East since he took over the helm of the ship prior to the 2015 season.
May 15 - 3:20 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that a second season of Amazon's ALL OR NOTHING series could be in play.

"Possible. It's a possibility. (We're) kind of talking to people and asking them what they think," Harbaugh said on Thursday night. He cited the positives that came on his own campus in Ann Arbor, where students are seeing football players from different angles than they were prior to watching the ALL OR NOTHING profile of the program. Harbaugh, himself, claims not to have watched the series, as "I can't watch myself." Noted, Coach. No second season of the streaming series is official as of yet, but UM netted $2.25 million for their participation in Season 1 and that kind of payday certainly has its allure.
May 11 - 4:42 PM

Former Michigan LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse apologized for sending out threatening tweets last Monday night that appeared to be targeted at HC Jim Harbaugh.

Mbem-Bosse "apologize[d] fully," stating: "I take full responsibility for the tweets i (sic) made regarding the safety of Coach Harbaugh." He perhaps should have stopped there. Mbem-Bosse went on to accuse the university’s police department of harassment, explaining that they'd called him "mentally ill without proper evaluation" and in so doing had violated "my civil rights." Mbem-Bosse was disgruntled after having been booted off the team in November. Among his tweet storm, he tweeted, "Dead and alive," "Michigan is open carry. Let's not forget," " time I'm calling the morgue," and "[Expletive] YOU. GN. It's on tomorrow."
Apr 22 - 11:26 PM

Michigan canceled Saturday's spring game due to a forecasted likelihood of thunderstorms.

Join the club, Wolverines. Iowa State, Northwestern and Wisconsin have already announced cancelations of their own spring games due to the concern that Mother Nature might have a bit of turmoil up her sleeve in the coming days, while Minnesota has pushed their spring affair up two days in an attempt to avoid the approaching storms.
Apr 11 - 5:47 PM

Michigan has agreed to pay Virginia Tech $375,000 to cancel a two-game series.

The Wolverines are backing out of contests with Virginia Tech which had been scheduled for Sept. 19, 2020 (in Blacksburg) and Sept. 11, 2021 (in Ann Arbor). Those dates will now see UM playing contests against Arkansas State and Washington, respectively.
Mar 29 - 7:13 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh hasn't decided who will call plays for Michigan yet.

"Well, I haven’t decided," Harbaugh said Friday, according to "It really comes down to who the play caller is going to be and how we’re going to call plays. If that’s what you’re asking, I haven’t really decided yet." There seems to be several options on the Wolverine staff, including recently hired WR coach Jim McElwain and passing-game coordinator Pep Hamilton. There's also the possibility that Harbaugh could call plays himself. Michigan's offense struggled at times last year, so whomever gets the job of calling plays will be in charge of revitalizing that group to compete in the Big Ten in 2018.
Mar 26 - 12:35 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon lists Michigan as one of the 10 teams who have a legitimate shot at winning the championship in 2018.

Michigan is coming off a disappointing season and are losing some talented players like Maurice Hurst, but Kenyon still sees reason for optimism. He offers a caveat, however, as they'll need QB transfer Shea Patterson to be ruled eligible. "Michigan returns All-American-caliber players all over the defense. Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Devin Bush, Khaleke Hudson, Lavert Hill and David Long will be key pieces of an elite group," Kenyon writes. "With Patterson complementing that unit, the Wolverines have a chance to navigate a slate that includes Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State." It's certainly volatile, but the Wolverines have a real chance of competing in 2018.
Feb 19 - 12:00 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that Michigan needs to make a serious run at the Playoff during the upcoming season if the Wolverines are to rebound off a modest 2018 recruiting class.

Michigan wrapped with Rivals' No. 4 recruiting class in 2016 and 2017, but dropped down to No. 24 for the most recently completed cycle. Writes Farrell, "When kids see 10 wins, 10 wins and then eight, they think your program is regressing and it’s used against you by everybody else." The analyst believes the ship is still more than right-able if the program puts up impressive results for the 2018 campaign. The Wolverines finished the 2018 cycle housing the fourth-best recruiting class in the Big Ten behind Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska.
Source: Rivals
Feb 13 - 4:27 PM

The Spun's Andrew Holleran lists Michigan as the team with the toughest schedule in the 2018 season.

Fellow Big Ten teams Nebraska and Rutgers come in at second and third, respectively, with Notre Dame and Pittsburgh rounding out the top five. Michigan opens the year with a trip to South Bend against Notre Dame, and they also have non-conference games against SMU and Western Michigan. They'll take on Penn State and Ohio State, of course, and also have tough games against Michigan State and Wisconsin as well. It's a talented team, but that's a brutal group of games for the Wolverines, or anyone.
Source: The Spun
Feb 11 - 12:01 PM