Safeties coach Bob Shoop is not actively coaching at this time, the team confirmed in a statement Monday morning.
“Bob Shoop is not working with the team in an on-field coaching capacity at this time,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “He is performing team-related duties remotely. In consideration of his privacy interests, we will have no further comment.”
Aashon Larkins, a defensive analyst, is currently doing on-field work with the safeties, the spokesperson confirmed.
It’s time to think long and hard about whether this is what the Wolverines want to be. Eight or nine wins every year, sometimes 10. Little chance of beating Ohio State. More disappointing losses than upset wins. And no chance — none — of a Big Ten title.
The morning after the stay-home order was put in place for University undergraduates last week, Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor was asked whether he thought it would change anything with the first home football game right around the corner — a perfect storm of Halloween, Michigan-Michigan State and a worsening public health situation.
“Oh, you tell me,” he told The Daily. “I don’t know.
“... It should. Undergrads are supposed to stay at home, right?”
At some point on Saturday, Jim Harbaugh came to a realization. He’d been watching his defensive line — watching senior Kwity Paye rip through Minnesota’s backup offensive tackles and rack up two sacks and three tackles for loss — and knew there was nothing the Golden Gophers could do.
To put it shortly, the move didn’t work. Mason got pushed around on the defensive line, and by about the fifth game of last season, he started to move back to offense full time. Now he’s back down between 255 and 260 pounds, and back in a role he loves.
In his debut as a starter on Saturday night, the junior quarterback was Michigan’s leading ball carrier, with eight rushes for 52 yards. And that might just be more important to the success of Josh Gattis’s offense than anything Milton did in the air.
It’s not how we saw it happening. But the football season is here.
On Saturday night, the Michigan football team will play its first of eight regular season games at Minnesota. Whether it will get through all eight without cancellations due to COVID-19, nobody can say, but the opener seems to be a go. And even with an abbreviated season, we’re excited for kickoff.