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  • Buffalo to hire Michigan co-DC Maurice Linguist as head coach

    The Athletic "Buffalo is expected to hire Michigan co-defensive coordinator Maurice Linguist as its next head football coach, a source confirmed to The Athletic on Friday. He will replace Lance Leipold, who signed a six-year contract with Kansas in late April. Linguist, 37, was hired as..." May 07

  • Joe Milton commits to Tennessee

    The Score "Former Michigan quarterback Joe Milton announced on social media Monday he's committing to Tennessee, according to Patrick Brown of 247Sports. Last week, Milton denied previous reports indicating he was transferring to Tennessee, telling Chris Hays of the..." April 26

  • Former Michigan WR signee Xavier Worthy commits to Texas

    Burnt Orange Nation "There was buzz about wide receiver Xavier Worthy and the Texas Longhorns after he signed with the with the Michigan Wolverines in December. After asking out of his NLI in early April, the four-star wide receiver flipped his pledge and committed to Texas on the day of the..." April 24

  • Transfer QB Joe Milton shoots down rumors, says it’s Tennessee or Washington State

    Orlando Sentinel "Numerous reports on the sports talk radio airwaves this week put Michigan transfer quarterback Joe Milton in a Tennessee uniform next season. Milton says that might not be the outcome. When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Milton answered the question of whether the..." April 22

  • WR Tyler Morris commits to Michigan

    247 Sports "Bolingbrook (Ill.) Nazareth Academy Top247 receiver Tyler Morris has committed to Michigan giving head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff a pledge from one of the program's top targets regardless of position. The 6-foot, 175-pound Morris is tabbed by the Top247..." April 20

  • Joe Milton transferring to Tennessee

    Michigan Live "Joe Milton has reportedly found a new home, and it’s in the Southeastern Conference. The former Michigan quarterback is planning to transfer to the University of Tennessee this summer, according to a report Monday by Rocky Top Insider, a website devoted to covering the..." April 19

  • Jim Harbaugh’s 2nd act or last stand: Michigan enters pivotal season with QB, defense questions

    The Athletic "Depending on your perspective, the 2021 season is either Jim Harbaugh’s last stand or the beginning of his second act. Either way, narrative possibilities abound. With Michigan’s program stuck in the doldrums, the coach once known as “Captain..." April 19

  • Wide receiver Xavier Worthy decommits from Michigan Wolverines

    ABC News "Wide receiver Xavier Worthy, the No. 61-ranked prospect in the 2021 class, announced Thursday that he has asked for a release from the national letter of intent he signed with Michigan in December. Worthy a 6-foot-1, 165-pound receiver from Central East High School in Fresno,..." April 16

  • Jim Harbaugh got paid good money for a Downy commercial

    Larry Brown Sports "Jim Harbaugh already makes millions as the head coach at Michigan, though he did agree to a pay cut recently. Beyond just the money he made from the school, he also made some money on an endorsement deal. Good money. Sportico published a story about how much numerous college..." April 13

  • College football position battles to watch

    CBS Sports "Spring games have begun as teams spend the next month winding down spring practices and preparing to enter the offseason conditioning portion of the college football calendar. Every fan is dialed into whatever information they can get from scrimmages or open practices, hoping to get an idea of..." April 12

  • Traverse City 4-star LB Joshua Burnham chooses Notre Dame over Michigan

    Michigan Live "The No. 2 high school football prospect in Michigan is headed to Notre Dame. Traverse City Central 2022 four-star linebacker Joshua Burnham announced his commitment Wednesday – his 17th birthday -- in an interview with CBS Sports HQ. He chose the Irish over other finalists..." March 18

  • Michigan Wolverines AD: Football coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't face wins quota in 2021

    ESPN "Despite the woes on the field and the 2-4 record this past season, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said Tuesday he has not given football coach Jim Harbaugh a minimum win requirement for the upcoming season and that he's willing to think long term with Harbaugh's..." March 09

  • 2022 four-star WR Tayshawn Trent commits to Michigan

    Maize N Brew "The Michigan Wolverines picked up their second in-state commitment of the 2022 class this week, as four-star wide receiver Tayshawn Trent announced his commitment. The Eastpointe native picked Michigan over the likes of Michigan State, Penn State, Kentucky, Indiana,..." March 03

  • Michigan lands grad transfer Alan Bowman, 4-star recruit Will Johnson

    The Score "Michigan picked up two major commitments Sunday. Grosse Pointe South High School cornerback Will Johnson announced his commitment to the Wolverines, who also landed Texas Tech graduate transfer Alan Bowman. Johnson is rated by ESPN as..." February 28

  • Michigan Wolverines, Northwestern Wildcats football to play for George Jewett Trophy

    ESPN "Michigan and Northwestern will begin playing this season for the George Jewett Trophy, a new football rivalry trophy that honors the first Black player in Big Ten history, who competed for both teams in the 1890s. The Jewett Trophy becomes the first rivalry trophy in..." February 25

  • In Year 7 of Jim Harbaugh's tenure, Michigan is officially rebuilding

    USA Today "When Jim Harbaugh returned to Ann Arbor to revive his tradition-rich alma mater, the Michigan football coach was revered as a skilled architect. Even Harbaugh liked the comparison. “I think of myself as more of a construction guy,” he said at his..." February 21

  • Matt Weiss leaving Ravens staff to be Michigan’s QB coach

    Pro Football Talk "The University of Michigan hired defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald off of the Ravens staff last month and Jim Harbaugh has gone back to his brother’s pool of assistants to fill another hole on his staff. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Ravens running backs..." February 21

  • Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel receives five-year extension

    Sportsnaut "Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel received a five-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday. The deal, which was approved by the University of Michigan Board of Regents, runs through June 30, 2026. Manuel’s salary will be increased to $1.1 million on March 14,..." February 19

  • Jim Harbaugh asked for recruiting advice from unusual source

    Larry Brown Sports "Jim Harbaugh isn’t known as someone who needs a lot of help with recruiting, but he apparently sought some advice from an unlikely source. Comedian Randy Sklar told Big Ten Network’s “On The Bench” podcast that the Michigan coach texted him looking for jokes to..." February 19

  • Michigan football QB Joe Milton to transfer, raising question to who'll start in 2021

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan football is expected to have a new starting quarterback next season. Joe Milton entered the NCAA transfer portal Thursday, bringing about a sudden end to a career in Ann Arbor that took flight last October with a strong performance in the..." February 18

  • Jim Harbaugh will have to shoulder more of Michigan coaching burden in 2021

    USA Today "Throughout his tenure at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has tinkered with his coaching staff. He has cycled through 29 assistants and rearranged the organizational structure, shifting responsibilities and titles from one year to the next. At times, he has assigned one individual to..." February 10

  • 5 takeaways from the recruiting cycle after National Signing Day

    The Score "While most of the heavy lifting was done during the early signing period, National Signing Day has almost entirely ended the 2021 recruiting cycle. The nation's No. 4 prospect, J.T. Tuimoloau, remains unsigned, but virtually every other top recruit has decided where to play..." February 03

  • Ex-Michigan Wolverines QB Dylan McCaffrey transferring to Northern Colorado

    ESPN "Former Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey is transferring to Northern Colorado, where he will have the chance to play for his father, Ed McCaffrey. Dylan McCaffrey had been an ESPN 300 recruit in the 2017 class but was never able to win the starting job at Michigan. He..." February 01

  • Zach Charbonnet transferring to UCLA after 2 years at Michigan

    The Score "Zach Charbonnet is transferring to UCLA after two seasons at Michigan, he said Saturday on social media. The running back entered the transfer portal earlier in January following a quiet sophomore campaign in Ann Arbor. He scampered for 726 yards and 11..." January 30

  • Cowboys DBs coach Maurice Linguist finds job at Michigan

    Pro Football Talk "Cowboys defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist has a new job as co-defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports. The Cowboys already have hired Linguist’s replacement. Joe Whitt Jr. will serve as secondary coach and defensive passing game..." January 19

  • Michigan hires Ravens LB coach Mike Macdonald as their defensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "Saturday night’s loss to the Bills was Mike Macdonald’s final game as the Ravens’ linebackers coach. A report earlier this month indicated that Macdonald was the University of Michigan’s top choice for defensive coordinator and the school announced..." January 17

  • Michigan names Mike Hart RB coach

    The Score "The 2021 season will see a familiar face return to the Michigan sideline. Mike Hart has agreed to terms to become the Wolverines' running backs coach, the school announced Wednesday. Hart played for Michigan from 2004-07, earning Big Ten Freshman of..." January 13

  • Jim Harbaugh finalizing contract extension at discount with Michigan

    Detroit News "Michigan and Jim Harbaugh are nearing what would be a five-year extension with a lower base salary but with heavy incentives. If the Wolverines were to reach certain championship benchmarks, he could recoup most of the $8 million he was set to make this season. Two sources said it..." January 08

  • Ohio State trolls Michigan over Jim Harbaugh extension

    Larry Brown Sports "Michigan had another disappointing season in 2020, but Jim Harbaugh is not going anywhere. The coach signed an extension with the school this week, and some Wolverines fans have questioned the move. Michigan’s biggest rival seems quite pleased, however. The Athletic’s Nick..." January 08

  • Michigan, football coach Jim Harbaugh reach contract extension

    ESPN "Jim Harbaugh has reached a contract extension to remain Michigan's football coach through the 2025 season, athletic director Warde Manuel announced Friday. "I continue to believe that Jim is the right man to lead our program in pursuit of Big Ten and CFP..." January 08

  • Arizona football hiring Don Brown as defensive coordinator

    MSN.com "Don Brown may have taken the fall at Michigan this season, but he already has a new gig. Brown has been hired by Arizona to be their new defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports. " January 07

  • Michigan, Jim Harbaugh nearing contract extension

    USA Today "One of the biggest questions in Ann Arbor, dating back to last year, has been what’s Jim Harbaugh’s future with the Michigan football program? He and athletic Warde Manuel were discussing a contract extension — Harbaugh has one year left on his current deal —..." January 02

  • Defensive coordinator Don Brown took the fall for Michigan, clearing the way for Jim Harbaugh extension

    USA Today "In the exhaust fumes of uncertainty, heartache and failure, the man nicknamed Dr. Blitz was sacked. The news came suddenly like a screaming rusher off the edge. Don Brown, Michigan football's defensive coordinator, became the first casualty from the..." December 23

  • Michigan Wolverines fire DC Don Brown after 5 seasons, source says

    ESPN "Michigan has dismissed defensive coordinator Don Brown, a source confirmed to ESPN. The move was first reported by The Athletic. Michigan finished the season 2-4, and the defense ranked 87th in yards allowed per game, 59th in yards allowed per play and was in the bottom..." December 22

  • Michigan football loses 4-star linebacker Branden Jennings to Maryland

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan football just got some bad news on the recruiting trail.  Four-star linebacker Branden Jennings, the fourth-highest ranked member of the Wolverines' 2021 class, announced he will be signing with Maryland instead of Michigan during a ceremony at..." December 16

  • Michigan-Iowa game canceled due to COVID-19

    Yardbarker "Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested on Monday that his team would be ready to face the Iowa Hawkeyes this coming Saturday after missing back-to-back games because of COVID-19 issues impacting his program.  That won't be the..." December 15

  • Jim Harbaugh committed to Michigan beyond 2021

    Michigan Live "Amid swirling speculation that Jim Harbaugh’s future at Michigan could be in jeopardy, the head coach says he’s been directly asked about it by potential recruits. And he’s holding the line. Even if the pathway is lacking clarity. “Yes, that question..." December 14

  • Ohio State considered game with this opponent after Michigan cancellation

    Larry Brown Sports "The Ohio State Buckeyes did look into a replacement opponent after Saturday’s scheduled game against Michigan was cancelled, but it was not quite who was rumored. Despite chatter that the Buckeyes might look into playing Texas A&M, Ohio State actually looked closer to home...." December 10

  • 5-star QB recruit JJ McCarthy remains firm in Michigan commitment

    Larry Brown Sports "Michigan may be having a tough year on the field, but at least their recruiting still seems solid. J.J. McCarthy, a five-star quarterback recruit for 2021, is steadfast in his commitment to Michigan. He tweeted on Monday to show how excited he is about officially..." December 10

  • Michigan AD 'open' to allowing Ohio State in Big Ten title game without playing minimum six games

    CBS Sports "Ohio State should be allowed a path to the Big Ten Championship Game, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said Tuesday. The Buckeyes, for the moment, have fallen short of a league requirement to play at least six games in order to qualify for the title game when their game against the..." December 09

  • Saints’ Michael Thomas suggests COVID-19 conspiracy after Michigan cancels Ohio State showdown

    Clutch Points "New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is establishing a growing affinity for conspiracy theories. The former Ohio State star took to the Internet with another theory after the Buckeyes’ regular season finale with the Michigan Wolverines was canceled due..." December 08

  • Michigan-Ohio State football game called off due to COVID-19 cases with Wolverines

    ESPN "The annual rivalry game between Michigan and Ohio State has been canceled due to an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week within the Wolverines' program, the school announced. The decision was made after conversations with medical experts, health..." December 08

  • Jim Harbaugh, Warde Manuel discussing Michigan football contract extension

    Detroit Free Press "University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel and head football coach Jim Harbaugh have had conversations in recent days about a contract extension.  The extension would offer Harbaugh a lower base salary than he currently has and a lower buyout..." December 08

  • Jim Harbaugh has received interest from five NFL teams

    Larry Brown Sports "Rumors are swirling regarding Jim Harbaugh’s job status with Michigan, and it seems as if the coach has some options. Writer John U. Bacon reported on Monday that Harbaugh has received a new contract offer from Michigan. Bacon says the offer would be for a lower base salary and..." December 07

  • Michigan growing more optimistic about facing Ohio State as scheduled?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Michigan Wolverines appear to be on the right track to potentially play Ohio State on Saturday despite earlier pessimism. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported Monday that the Wolverines are taking a “first step” toward resuming football activities. The team..." December 07

  • Michigan's Jim Harbaugh eyeing return to NFL

    The Score "Jim Harbaugh could be making his way back to the pros after six eventful years in college football. The Michigan head coach is believed to be eyeing an NFL return in the same capacity, sources told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. There's a growing sense..." December 06

  • Jim Harbaugh responds to latest speculation about job status

    MSN.com "Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh addressed another round of speculation about his job on Friday. A report on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, relayed by Tony Paul of the Detroit News, claimed that Harbaugh could not give potential recruits assurances that he would be at Michigan in 2021...." December 04

  • What happens to Ohio State if its game with Michigan is canceled?

    USA Today "Under normal circumstances, Ohio State would be in a comfortable position in the College Football Playoff discussion. But this is 2020 — nothing is normal. The committee clearly has a favorable impression of the Buckeyes, who were slotted fourth in the most recent set of..." December 03

  • Michigan-Ohio State in jeopardy due to Wolverines’ COVID-19 situation

    Larry Brown Sports "The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes have played annually since 1918. That could be in serious jeopardy in 2020. According to Chris Balas of The Wolverine, the COVID-19 issues within the Michigan program are severe enough that he would “bet against” a game..." December 02

  • Michigan's game vs. Maryland canceled due to COVID-19 issues

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan football announced Wednesday afternoon that it has canceled this Saturday's game between the Wolverines and Maryland and will pause practices until at least Monday.  The game against the Terrapins will not be rescheduled. " December 02