Another new analyst for Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, a hot-swinging softball player of the week and more…
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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
Jim Harbaugh appeared to have a new analyst last week. But then Michael Johnson, father of highly-regard 2019 quarterback Michael Johnson Jr., reportedly decided to take a job on Willie Taggart’s staff at Oregon. So much for Paul Finebaum’s huffing-and-puffing about Harbaugh’s hiring practices.
However, according to both Albert Breer of The MMQB and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Harbaugh again has a new analyst.
Per source, Michigan is hiring highly-regarded ex-Vikings QBs coach Scott Turner as an offensive analyst.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 20, 2017
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 20, 2017
Scott Turner is the son of Norv Turner, long-time NFL head coach and offensive coordinator. He’s 34 and doesn’t have a son who’s being heavily recruited.
Christner named Player of the Week
Two weeks into the softball season, and two different Wolverines have earned Big Ten honors. Senior center fielder Kelly Christner was named Big Ten Player of the Week after helping Michigan win three of four games against North Carolina State and Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Megan Betsa won Pitcher of the Week the previous week.
— Big Ten Softball (@B1Gsoftball) February 20, 2017
‘Next Generation’ series
Land of 10 is working on a series of “Next Generation” articles profiling members of the 2017 recruiting class. Full profiles for recruits from throughout the Big Ten, including Michigan, will begin the week of March 5.
Fellow Land of 10 Michigan writer Rachel Lenzi and I have begun visiting the future Wolverines, producing Facebook Live interviews and preview looks at those players, like defensive lineman James Hudson and linebacker Josh Ross.
Keep on the lookout for future previews and the full profiles.
- Sophomore Emma McLean was named Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week, while Lexi Funk earned Freshman of the Week honors in gymnastics on Monday.
- The Michigan women won their second consecutive and 16th overall Big Ten swimming and diving title last weekend. The men go for a seventh straight and No. 40 overall, beginning on Wednesday at Ohio State.
- There are more and more early enrollees each football recruiting cycle. Michigan had 11 this year, a record number for the program. Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade has a look at the increase of the practice throughout college football.