Michigan AD responds to apparent threats against Jim Harbaugh; Shea Patterson decision likely ‘delayed’
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Apparent threats a concern to Michigan AD
On Wednesday, Wolverines athletic director Warde Manuel addressed the allegations about tweets from a former football player’s Twitter account that contained apparent threats involving Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Manuel told reporters that he “won’t comment on any pending investigation,” but that he is “always concerned with anything that pops up about a threat.”
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Shea Patterson decision likely ‘delayed’
David Ridpath, associate professor of sport management at Ohio University and president of The Drake Group, an advocacy collective seeking NCAA reform, told Land of 10 this week that while Ole Miss’ denial of Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson’s eligibility waiver won’t dictate the NCAA’s decision, he expects it to delay the NCAA’s ruling.
Meanwhile, Manuel said Wednesday he still isn’t sure when the NCAA is going to rule on Patterson’s eligibility and the AD mentioned that potential changes in the transfer rule could be part of that decision delay.
2018 could be Jim Harbaugh’s best team
Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi writes that Jim Harbaugh’s team this season has the potential to be even better than his team in 2016, which went 10-3 on the way to the Orange Bowl and had 11 NFL draft picks. Still, Lenzi notes, there are too many what-ifs right now to say definitively.
Receivers work to fix greatest flaw
Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press breaks down the biggest lesson all Michigan wide receivers are trying to focus on this offseason: Getting open. Last year, graduate assistant Joe Hastings was the Wolverines de facto wide receivers coach. This year, it’s the overqualified Jim McElwain, and he’s changing practices.
Michigan promotes Manchester United-Liverpool July game
This is the ⚽️ equivalent of Michigan vs. Ohio State.
— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) April 18, 2018
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