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Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh lends a helping hand, Wolverines vs. Spartans II in Big Ten tourney, and more

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize-and-Blue, your favorite school.

Today is Friday, March 3, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …

Jim Harbaugh made news and got a lot of grief around the country for attempting to hire Michael Johnson Sr. as an analyst. Everyone thought something fishy was going on since Johnson’s son, Michael Jr., is a top quarterback prospect in the class of 2019. That hire never happened as Johnson took a job as Oregon’s wide receivers coach, a job that was officially announced this week.

It appears Harbaugh had a hand in that hiring.

Harbaugh and Oregon coach Willie Taggart are good friends. Taggart hasn’t yet coached his first game for the Ducks but lost previous wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty to UCLA just after national signing day on Feb. 1. Harbaugh recommended Taggart talk to Johnson, and that conversation led to Oregon getting its wide receivers coach.

“Talking with coach Harbaugh, he knew I needed to find a receivers coach and he knew the kind of guy I was looking for and thought (Johnson) would be a good one,” said Taggart to the Oregonian/Oregon Live.

Wolverines vs. Spartans

The No. 3-seeded Michigan women’s basketball team will face Michigan State Friday night in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Spartans came back from a 7-point halftime deficit to beat No. 11 Wisconsin, 70-63, Thursday night.

The Michigan-Michigan State game will be the last of four games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Tip-off is expected to be at approximately 9 p.m. Top-seeded Ohio State faces No. 9 Northwestern in the opener, followed by No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 5 Indiana in another in-state rivalry matchup. Minnesota, the No. 10 seed, takes on No. 2 Maryland prior to Michigan vs. Michigan State.

Michigan State (20-10) handed Michigan (22-8) an 86-68 loss on Feb. 19 in front of a record crowd of 12,707 at Crisler Center. This will be the fourth time in the last five years the rivals have played in the conference tournament. Michigan is 0-5 all-time against Michigan State in the Big Ten tourney.

Breakfast links

  • Former Michigan running back De’Veon Smith is enjoying his time at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Land of 10’s Sean Keeler caught up to him.
  • The hockey team plays its final four games of the regular season at home. The Wolverines host No. 5 Minnesota Friday and Saturday.
  • Men’s lacrosse improved to 5-1 on the season with a 6-1 victory at Mercer in Macon, Ga.