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The meal for Michigan football players and coaches Wednesday night in Rome? Pizza, of course.

Michigan’s trip continues with the Pope, pizza and practice, tennis preps for Big Ten tournaments, and more

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Today is Thursday, April 27, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…

Michigan took in two icons of Rome on Wednesday: the Pope and pizza.

It was an eventful day for head coach Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the players as they attended Pope Francis’ afternoon address, and then headed to the Le Officine del Pizzo for a cooking school.

Thursday is the first day for football activities. The team went through a 90-minute practice session at the Giulio Onesti Olympic Training Center but a scheduled interaction with players from the professional soccer club AS Roma was canceled.

Harbaugh took a couple of minutes to speak with reporters, touching on his own abilities as a long snapper (which he performed during practice).

One subject he wasn’t about to touch, however, was the report that Jabrill Peppers had a diluted urine sample at the NFL combine. The NFL draft begins tonight, and Peppers is a possible first-round selection.

Stay with Land of 10 and Sean Keeler for continued coverage of Michigan in Rome.

Tennis, anyone?

The Big Ten conference tennis tournaments start Thursday, but both the women’s and men’s teams for Michigan won’t be playing until Friday. Both teams are the second seeds in the tournaments. The women earned a share of the Big Ten title by going 11-0 in conference play.

The women’s tournament is being played at Illinois, while Purdue is hosting the men’s tournament.

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