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Video: Michigan band goes viral for amazing beer pong routine

Michigan marching band

The Michigan band put on a show at halftime of Saturday’s game, featuring a hilarious routine that took a shot at rival Ohio State.

The Wolverine marching band staged a halftime skit depicting a game of beer pong. They even had an Ohio State ping pong ball that fell well short of the “cup.” Naturally, the Michigan ball made it into the cup.

How funny is that? Impressive, elaborate, and includes a shot at the school’s main rival. What more can you ask for?

The Michigan marching band is one of college football’s most famous. They’ve been renowned for their halftime skits and formations for some time, and this is only going to further their legend.

Photo: Michigan marching band takes the field before the game between Michigan and Western Michigan at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
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Michigan loses touchdown on consecutive reviews by officials

Cade McNamara's knee shown down before handoff

The Michigan-Nebraska game on Saturday saw multiple delays in the second quarter after several reviews by the officials. At least the officials got the calls right.

Michigan lost touchdowns on consecutive plays inside the 10 after reviews. Hassan Haskins rushed on a 2nd-and-goal from the Nebraska 6 with the Wolverines leading 3-0. It looked like he got in, and the initial ruling was a touchdown. But a review showed he was down, giving Michigan the ball at the 1.

On 3rd-and-goal, Haskins appeared to leap into the end zone. The Wolverines were given a touchdown and even about to kick the extra point before the officials decided to review the scoring play. Nebraska head coach Scott Frost asked the officials to check and see whether Cade McNamara, who tripped, was down before handing off the ball.

McNamara was clipped by Andrew Vastardis and fell. The quarterback’s knee actually was shown to be down before he handed off to Haskins. The officials correctly reversed the touchdown call and marked McNamara down with a loss of two yards. Michigan ended up kicking a field goal to go up 6-0.

Not only did Michigan lose a touchdown on consecutive plays due to reviews, but there was another reviewed play a few plays later that went against them on a Nebraska fumble that was changed to an incompletion.

As much as it stunk to see the pace of the game hurt, the officials got the calls correct.

Video: Michigan players got super into Wisconsin’s ‘Jump Around’ tradition

Jump Around Michigan

Wisconsin’s popular “Jump Around” tradition is beloved by the fans, but opposing teams may be starting to embrace it a little bit too much.

The Michigan Wolverines were the road team at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, and were leading at the end of three quarters. That’s when the traditional playing of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” occurs, and the Wolverines just went with it — hard.

The Wolverines didn’t hide it, either. Their official Twitter account tweeted sideline video of the energized players joining in.

The “Jump Around” tradition is popular in Madison, but if there’s a problem with it, it can clearly hype up the other team. Michigan came up with a strip sack two plays later and extended their lead to 23-10 on an ensuing field goal.

Another school pretty much made “Jump Around” their own when visiting Wisconsin this year. It’s not like the tradition is going to end, but they might have to find a way to make it more intimidating for visitors at this point.

Greg Schiano was the Michigan head coach for six hours

Greg Schiano

Greg Schiano is back at Rutgers in his second stint as the school’s head football coach. He has had a long and winding road back to Rutgers that also included an extremely brief time as Michigan’s head coach.

Lloyd Carr was the Michigan Wolverines head football coach from 1995-2007. After he retired in 2007, the Wolverines searched for a replacement and landed on Schiano.

Ahead of Saturday’s Michigan-Rutgers game, Schiano talked about the matter with ESPN’s announcers. He confirmed to them that he actually briefly accepted the Michigan job before changing his mind.

“Greg Schiano did confirm to us that, for about six hours he was the coach at Michigan,” announcer Sean McDonough said. “Lloyd Carr retired. Greg Schiano was offered the job by then-athletic director Bill Martin.

“He said, ‘I accepted it. And I went to sleep on it for about six and a half hours.’ He said ‘I didn’t actually sleep, I couldn’t sleep. I decided I had not yet finished what I wanted to do at Rutgers. I owed it to the players who helped us build Rutgers up to the point where I’d be offered jobs like Michigan, to stay and keep advancing forward.'”

Schiano ended up remaining at Rutgers through 2011. He was there from 2001-2011 before leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano went to Ohio State and became a defensive coordinator from 2016-2018. He had the Tennessee job but the fans rejected him. He eventually ended up back at Rutgers and has already helped turn them around.

Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez, and we all know how that went.

How would Schiano have done at Michigan? We’ll never know. Though he might not have been a great fit there, he probably would have been a lot more successful than RichRod.

ESPN analyst: Ohio State is beyond the Michigan rivalry

Jim Harbaugh

The college football rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State remains one of the best in sports, but it has been incredibly one-sided in recent years. Because of that, one former Buckeye believes the luster may be fading, at least for the team that has been doing all the winning.

Former Ohio State star wide receiver Joey Galloway, who now works as an ESPN analyst, said this week that he doesn’t think the Buckeyes are all that concerned with their biggest rival anymore. He said Ohio State is barely paying any attention when Jim Harbaugh and his players try to stoke the flames.

“Had they had some success in recent history, those things would be important. At this point, it doesn’t make sense. Ohio State doesn’t care about that stuff at this point,” Galloway said, via Nick Kosko of 247Sports. “Ohio State’s looking ahead of things like what Jim Harbaugh is saying. They’re thinking, how do we climb the Clemson hurdle, how do we get over the Alabama hurdle, what do we do when we get in the playoffs? We’re gonna win the Big Ten, then what do we do next?”

Galloway said Michigan needs to close the recruiting gap between them and Ohio State before they can compete with the Buckeyes again.

“Michigan needs to do a better job of knocking off some of those recruits that have been going to Ohio State so they can close that gap. And it’s not even close in recent years, it’s actually getting worse,” Galloway added. “And so, it is very important to Michigan, Ohio State’s looking beyond that.”

Galloway’s opinion probably isn’t shared by everyone at his alma mater, but it may not be the greatest sign for Ohio State. Justin Fields said two years ago that Ohio State has dominated Michigan so much recently because they have been more focused on the rivalry. If Galloway is right that the Buckeyes are now looking past it, Michigan may be able to take advantage of that.

Ohio State has won its last eight games against Michigan and 15 of the last 16. Harbaugh is trying to do what he can again this year to build up the resentment toward the Buckeyes, but nothing has worked since he took over at Michigan. If Ohio State is less concerned with the rivalry this year, perhaps the Wolverines can finally break through.

Report: Jim Harbaugh bans red from Michigan facilities

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh may finally be taking the Ohio State rivalry to the appropriate level.

Rivals Michigan insider EJ Holland reported on Friday that Michigan’s anti-Ohio State stance was on display for recruits during summer visits. Holland says the color red has been banned from Michigan’s facilities. Not even red drinks are allowed.

This is great and all, but you have to ask what took so long, if all this is new.

Urban Meyer initiated this mentality with his anti-Michigan attitude from the moment he took over Ohio State’s program. He banned the word “Michigan” immediately. His teams never lost to Michigan. The mentality he instilled helps explain why the Buckeyes seemed more prepared to dominate the games the last few years.

Then in late 2019, Justin Fields said that Ohio State took the rivalry much more seriously than Michigan. Perhaps that got back to Harbaugh, who has made adjustments. Whatever the case, this is the mentality Harbaugh’s Wolverines need to have. And they need to finally beat Ohio State.

H/T The Spun

Son of Bo Schembechler says legendary Michigan coach ignored abuse claim

Bo Schembechler

Bo Schembechler is one of the most beloved figures in Michigan football history, but a shocking revelation that was made by his son this week could change that for many.

Schembechler’s son, Matthew Schembechler, told Kim Kozlowski of the Detroit News on Wednesday that former Michigan team doctor Dr. Robert Anderson sexually molested him when he was 10 years old. Matthew said he told his father about it and that the legendary coach refused to take action and intervened to save Anderson’s job.

Matthew said Anderson sexually molested him during a physical examination to play in a youth football league. He claims Bo went into a fit of rage and punched him in the chest when he informed his father about the abuse. The younger Schembechler, who is now 62, said his mother invited former Michigan athletic director Don Canham over to their house to inform him of the incident. Canham initially terminated Anderson before Bo stepped in, according to Matthew.

“(Canham) talked to Anderson and terminated him nearly immediately,” Schembechler said. “Bo went to him and said, ‘I need him, he is our team doctor, reinstate him,’ and he did. … It was the first time of many that I felt betrayed by Bo.

“I was confused why he was mad at me. Bo would not talk about it. Bo did what was best for Bo.”

Schembechler plans to discuss his story at a press conference on Thursday. He says his father failed to protect him any many others from Anderson, who is accused of assaulting more than 800 people.

Anderson was Michigan’s head of University Health Services and team physician from 1966-2003. In February 2020, former Michigan student Robert Julian Stone publicly accused Anderson of sexually abusing him in 1971. More than 800 alleged victims then came out with similar allegations. The Detroit News shared more about the legal proceedings.

Bo Schembechler coached Michigan from 1969-1989. He won 13 Big Ten championships and is one of the most successful coaches in program history.

Michigan AD shares thoughts on Jim Harbaugh’s future

Jim Harbaugh

Michigan gave Jim Harbaugh a contract extension at a time when many thought his job was in question.

Harbaugh was coming off a disappointing 9-4 season and then went 2-4 last season in the COVID-shortened year.

Instead of finding a replacement, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel stuck by Harbaugh. He gave the coach a four-year contract extension, although it is for reduced pay.

Manuel said Tuesday that he still believes in Harbaugh long term.

“Given the contract, obviously, I am willing to be patient, but he and I understand that we need to win,” Manuel said Tuesday, via the Detroit Free Press. “This is Michigan. Nobody wants to win more than Jim in football and me overall. We want success. And so did I put a number to his first year? The answer is no. I want him to move forward and build this and continue to drive us to have success in football.”

This story has to be just what Ohio State fans wanted to hear. But prior to last season, Harbaugh had a generally strong record at Michigan, with three double-digit win seasons in five years. I would give him two more years to get things together. If he doesn’t bounce back and continues the downward trend, then it will be time to let him go. At least he was willing to take a pay cut more in line with his recent performance in order to prove his value to Michigan.

Ohio State trolls Michigan over Jim Harbaugh extension

Jim Harbaugh

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 Baumgardner reported on Thursday that Harbaugh is finalizing a five-year contract extension with Michigan that will pay him a base salary of $4 million. That is a significant decrease in pay, though incentives could bring the number up to $8 million. Bleacher Report tweeted the news, and the officially account of Ohio State Football was among those who “liked” the tweet.

It wasn’t an accident, either. The person running the account replied to Bleacher Report with a hilarious tweet.

Harbaugh’s overall record at Michigan is 49-22, which is not horrible. The biggest issue has been his failure to win big games, many of which have come against Ohio State. Harbaugh’s teams are 0-5 against the Buckeyes. That has led to him being trolled by Urban Meyer and his family.

Meyer is no longer at Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are still confident in their ability to get the best of Harbaugh.

Report: Jim Harbaugh finalizing contract extension at discount with Michigan

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh had a down season for Michigan, and the Wolverines appear to be taking the opportunity to restructure the coach’s deal more favorably.

Harbaugh is finalizing a five-year contract extension with Michigan, according to The Athletic’s Nick Baumgardner. Baumgardner reports that the deal will be for a base salary of $4 million, with incentives that could get the coach back to $8 million. The buyout is expected to be low.

Harbaugh was previously among the most highly-compensated coaches in college football. He was often targeted for not living up to his lofty salary. The negotiations seem to have put him at a level of compensation more in line with his recent performance.

According to The Detroit News, the contract includes: “incentives for winning the Big Ten East Division, a Big Ten championship, reaching the national playoffs and winning a national championship.”

Harbaugh’s current deal is set to expire after the 2021 season.