Monday, October 7, 2019 - 8:01pm
Jim Harbaugh voiced his opinion on NFL Draft entry rules and paying college athletes on Monday.

Jim Harbaugh was asked an open-ended question Monday, as reporters searched for his thoughts on the California bill that was passed last week allowing players to profit off their name, image and likeness. As the hot-button topic of the college sports landscape, it’s more than a reasonable question to ask of the highest-paid figure in the state of Michigan. Harbaugh used the chance to expound upon — even flesh out — his own thoughts about amateurism, pay-for-play and potential reform options.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 8:24pm
Saturday's victory over Iowa marked the fifth top-15 win of Jim Harbaugh's tenure at Michigan, none of which have come on the road.

It was the fifth top-15 win of the Jim Harbaugh era, none of which have come away from Michigan Stadium. That’s a game Michigan wins at home and might not on the road.
And that’s all it was.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:58pm
Michigan's defense stepped up in the Wolverines' 10-3 win over Iowa.

The unit had been bailed out all afternoon — the offense mired in a bewildered mess, the defense responding emphatically. Rinse, repeat. The whiplash hadn’t hindered defensive coordinator Don Brown’s unit. To that point, Iowa had a single rushing yard. Its quarterback, Nate Stanley, had been picked off three times. The Wolverines were flying. Eight sacks. Twelve tackles for loss.

Up 10-3, they just had to do it one more time. And, really, was there ever a doubt?

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:41pm
Junior cornerback Ambry Thomas is one in a long line of Michigan cornerbacks from Detroit.

They’re four of eight Michigan defensive backs in the last seven years to be from Detroit. Spearheaded by a host of older role models, that group lives, breathes and reinforces its roots. It’s no accident that Detroit regularly produces elite defensive backs, nor that the talent finds its way to Michigan more often than not.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 10:00pm
Junior receiver Nico Collins has just 10 catches in four games this season.

When a player of Nico Collins’ caliber only has 10 catches, there is a reasonable question as to whether everything has been over-thought. Collins and juniors Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black are among the three best weapons — if not the three best — this team has.
To not use them repeatedly, particularly amid offensive troubles, would be to self-restrict this group’s ceiling.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 8:24pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson ran for three touchdowns in Saturday's 52-0 win over Rutgers.

Had Michigan lost — or even played to a close win — we’d be gathered here to eulogize this football season and discuss the dying pulse of the program writ large. Instead, the Wolverines beat Rutgers 52-0. The Scarlet Knights turned around and fired their head coach Sunday morning, casting their net for a savior to their seemingly-interminable irrelevance.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:32pm
Josh Gattis called plays from the field for the first time on Saturday.

Slowly, time ticked away, and the loss at Wisconsin continued to fade from memory. The clock finally hit zero. Gattis unfolded his arms, embraced his team and, for the first time all year, took a confident stride forward.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 4:57pm
Michigan’s defense looks to rebound after an embarrassing 35-14 loss to Wisconsin last Saturday.

For the Michigan defense, this weekend’s game will likely offer little in the way of conclusive answers.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:39pm
Josh Gattis is working through struggles in his first year as Michigan's offensive coordinator.

Josh Gattis told his players a story this week.

He recalled a time, three years ago, when his Penn State group sputtered out of the gate. The Nittany Lions lost by three to Pittsburgh early in the year, before traveling on the road and getting shellacked by Michigan, 49-10. They took that adversity and responded, ripping off nine straight wins en route to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 9:30pm
This season, senior left tackle Jon Runyan returned from injury, but Michigan's offensive line has still struggled.

Four of five starters returned from a year ago. The fifth starting spot was a choice of luxury — between an athletic young talent in Jalen Mayfield and an experienced commodity in Andrew Stueber — rather than desperation. Michigan coach Ed Warriner was set to return for a second season. For the first time in years, the trenches would be of no concern.

At least that’s how the thinking went.