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Report: John Harbaugh not interested in Michigan job

john-harbaughMichigan is expected to have a head coaching vacancy within its football program in the near future, as the Wolverines are off to a terrible start this season and Brady Hoke has found himself in the middle of a controversy. There have been reports about Michigan having potential interest in both John and Jim Harbaugh, but the interest is apparently not mutual with at least one of the Harbaugh brothers.

According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, there are “multiple reasons” why John Harbaugh would not be interested in the Michigan job, one of them being that he is close friends with Hoke.

In addition, Harbaugh’s Ravens are 3-1 on the season and just two years removed from winning a Super Bowl. Some feel that he would be inclined to leave Baltimore in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, but Harbaugh has firmly denied that he had any disagreement with the Ravens’ front office over whether Rice should be released after footage of him hitting his wife and knocking her unconscious surfaced.

Harbaugh has a contract with the Ravens that runs through 2017 and is one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL with an average annual salary of $6.5 million.

While Jim Harbaugh was a star quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist at Michigan in the 1980s, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Michigan would prefer John to Jim. John also has ties to the Ann Arbor area, as he went to high school there while his father was on the Michigan staff.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Michigan reportedly prefers John to Jim Harbaugh

John-Harbaugh-Ben-Roethlisberger-Broken-NoseMichigan will likely be in the market for a new head football coach now that Brady Hoke is struggling for the third straight season.

Speculation has been that the Wolverines will have interest in Jim Harbaugh, who is in the final year of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Though that may be the case, a report says Michigan actually prefer John Harbaugh to Jim.

Here’s what NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt even suggested the possibility of the school pursuing John.

The reasons why Michigan would prefer John to Jim make sense: John beat his brother in the Super Bowl and therefore could be considered more established. John has also been the head coach of the Ravens for seven straight seasons, while Jim has coached at three different places since 2006. The stability John appears to offer is appealing.

The obvious issue is whether or not Michigan could get John Harbaugh.

John is under contract through the 2017 season and is making more money with Baltimore than he likely would in college. He frequently wins and his team is doing well this season. Why would he have any motivation to leave?

Jim, contrarily, seems to love new challenges and might embrace the opportunity to become the next coach at his alma mater and return them to prominence. The problem with that scenario, in my opinion, is that Jim might not want to leave the NFL without winning a Super Bowl first. He might stick with San Francisco to try winning it all or he might look to go elsewhere for that.

Ultimately, I think there is a very good chance Jim Harbaugh ends up at Michigan. John is a dream that is highly unlikely to ever happen.

Would Jim Harbaugh leave the 49ers for Michigan?

Jim-Harbaugh-Blue-Collar-49ers-ShirtsThe San Francisco 49ers are off to a rough start in 2014. So are the Michigan Wolverines. What does one team have to do with the other? Jim Harbaugh.

While the Niners’ brass has repeatedly denied that there is any friction between the team’s front office and its head coach, there has to be a reason Harbaugh has not yet signed an extension that will keep him in San Francisco beyond the 2015 season. Most coaches who were 36-11-1 in their first three seasons and reached the NFC Championship Game twice and Super Bowl once would have inked a new contract. But not Harbaugh, which is one of the reasons speculation is building that he could be interested in the Michigan job.

Michigan is 2-2 this season after losing in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl last year and the Outback Bowl the year before. Brady Hoke is officially on the hot seat after being blown out by Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago and losing to Utah at home last weekend. As Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio noted, Michigan — unlike NFL teams — could legally begin discussing business with Harbaugh as soon as they decide the Hoke era is over.

Though his record says otherwise, some insist Harbaugh is too strict and controlling to last in the NFL. There are already reports that Harbaugh is losing the Niners’ locker room because the players don’t feel they are treated with respect. While Harbaugh would likely have offers at the NFL level if he chose to leave San Francisco, there are few jobs in the country — both professional and collegiate — that are more appealing that the Michigan job.

Harbaugh’s personality and coaching style may be better suited for the college game. If the Niners end up missing the playoffs this season, he could realize that and act on it.

Michigan pulls promotion that offered free tickets with purchase of two Cokes

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No, you cannot get two free tickets to Michigan’s game against Minnesota this weekend with your purchase of two Coca-Cola products. Believe it or not, you could at one point. Unfortunately for Michigan students, the promotion has been pulled after what the school has labeled a “miscommunication.”

The photo you see above, which was shared by Alejandro Zuniga of The Michigan Daily, was taken inside a convenience store on the Michigan campus earlier this week. Zuniga pointed out that face value on the tickets is $150, or $75 per ticket. The deal didn’t last very long.

“Coke is a great partner of ours and had purchased a limited block of tickets for the Minnesota game for a Coke retail activation aimed at Michigan students,” Michigan’s athletic department wrote in a statement to MLive on Monday night. “Due to a miscommunication in the approval process, this promotion should not have run as is. As a result, it is being pulled immediately.

“However, all purchases to date will be honored by Coke.”

While the Wolverines are still drawing a ton of fans in comparison with other programs, their slow start has led to faltering attendance numbers. The 102,284 fans who showed up to Michigan’s game against Miami (Ohio) two weeks ago was the lowest turnout the team has had since 1995. The Wolverines are off to a 2-2 start that includes a 31-0 blowout loss against Notre Dame and a 26-10 home loss to Utah last week.

Michigan has run some promotions to try to offer discount tickets for students, but this is still Michigan. Offering $150 worth of tickets with your purchase of some soda is something UConn would do.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Michigan football schedule includes Rose Bowl, snubs Ohio State, Michigan State

Brady HokeMichigan’s football program is going bold with its in-house schedule once again.

Some media members took a look around the newly revamped Schembechler Hall this week, and a few noted some interesting aspects of the football schedule posted within the facility. As they have been doing under Brady Hoke, Ohio State is listed as “Ohio” and Michigan State is just “State.” Additionally, the team included the Rose Bowl on the schedule:

While calling Ohio State “Ohio” seems like a fun idea, it’s been a while since the Wolverines have beaten their rival, as this countdown clock can attest:

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Ohio State stops Michigan on 2-point conversion to win game (Video)

Ohio State beat Michigan 42-41 on Saturday by stopping a 2-point conversion attempt with 32 seconds left to keep their perfect season alive.

The Buckeyes went ahead 42-35 on a touchdown run by Carlos Hyde with 2:20 left, but the game wasn’t over. Michigan drove down the field and punched it in on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Devin Funchess. Instead of kicking the extra point and going to overtime, Michigan tried to beat their rival by going for two. They stacked three players out to the right and attempted a short slant to Drew Dileo, but Tyvis Powell saw it coming and jumped in front for the interception.

I don’t have a problem with Michigan going for two to try winning the game, but I would have rather seen Gardner run it than pass. It was so obvious when they stacked three to the right that that’s where he was going. There was no fake, no deception, nothing. Just a straight pass everyone saw coming, including Powell.

The 12-0 Buckeyes now will face Michigan State next weekend. The 7-5 Wolverines will wait to see what bowl game they play in.

Here’s the reaction from Gardner after seeing how close they came to the win but realizing they fell short:

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Ohio State, Michigan fight during rivalry game (Video)

Ohio State vs. Michigan is one of the greatest rivalries in college football history, and we were reminded of why on Saturday. During the second quarter, a massive fight broke out that resulted in three players being ejected.

Michigan took a 21-14 lead early in the second quarter, and the melee started after the ensuing kickoff. Punches were thrown as flags rained all over the field. Michigan’s Royce Jenkins-Stone was given the boot for his involvement, as were Ohio State players Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson.

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After being ejected, Hall went ballistic on the Buckeyes sideline. He smashed his helmet and kicked a few things before flipping Michigan fans the double-bird as he strolled toward the tunnel area. You can see a video of Hall’s meltdown here. Here’s a clip of the haymaker that got Wilson tossed:

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