Michigan Football Headlines (Today)
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Michigan RB Justice Hayes to transfer for fifth year (Dr. Saturday)
’s Justice Hayes will head elsewhere for his final season of college football
. Hayes, a running back, announced Monday that he will graduate from Michigan
in April and pursue an opportunity as a graduate transfer. Hayes said that new Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh invited him back for his fifth year with the program, but he decided it was in his best interests to leave Ann Arbor. The four years I have spent at this institution have brought some great memories that I will cherish… http://t.co/HJHPr6R15A — Justice Hayes (@810hay) January 26, 2015 I will always be a Michigan
man fans. I love u all. I have had a great 4 years at this school and wouldn't change it for the world! #goblue — Justice Hayes (@810hay) January 26, 2015 “The four years I have spent at this institution have brought some great memories that I will cherish forever,” Hayes wrote on Instagram . “The fact that I will be graduating from the University of Michigan
in April will be meritorious. I have earned team captain on numerous occasions, won respect from coaches and players, and most importantly played my heart out every Saturday. I truly appreciate the offer from Coach Harbaugh to allow me to return for my 5th year, but I have decided that I will choose another college to play football
as a graduate student. “I'm not an emotional person, but a few days back I cried because I knew it was time for me to move on. There will be people out there that disagree with this tough decision I made, but they won't be the ones that cut me checks in the future. I just want to continue to get closer to God, take care of my family, and be happy.” The 5-foot-10, 194-pound Hayes ran for 213 yards on 48 carries in 2014 – both career highs – as a backup for the 5-7 Wolverines. He also caught 11 passes for 65 yards on the season. Previously, Hayes gained 89 yards and scored one touchdown on 20 carries combined in 2012 and 2013 following a redshirt season in 2011. He also caught six passes for 40 yards in 2013. Despite Hayes’ departure, Michigan
still has some solid depth at running back in 2015. De’Veon Smith (519 yards) and Derrick Smith (471 yards), both juniors, will return. Additionally, USC transfer Ty Isaac, a redshirt sophomore, will be eligible to play while redshirt junior Drake Johnson (361 yards) rehabs from a torn ACL suffered in the season finale against Ohio State. For more Michigan
news, visit TheWolverine.com . - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper
New Michigan QB commit Zach Gentry has 'an NFL arm,' but...
- Gentry stands at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds. The four-star quarterback from Albuquerque, New Mexico flipped from Texas to Michigan
on Saturday, giving Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines their second quarterback recruit for the 2015 class -- and a player with NFL measurables.
Offseason to-do list: Michigan
- The reality of the offseason is setting in, and we're examining what each Big Ten team must accomplish in the coming months to be ready in early September. Next up, the Michigan
Wolverines under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh.
WSU makes manning hire official
- Washington State announced on Sunday that Roy Manning will join the Cougars and coach the outside linebackers. Here is the release from the school: Washington State Head Football
Coach Mike Leach announced Sunday that Roy Manning has been named the Cougars' outside linebackers coach.
Michigan Linebacker Jake Ryan Earns Pat Tillman Award
- As a four-year starter at University of Michigan
, Jake Ryan has been impressive, playing in 46 games, named two-time team captain and to the All-Big Ten first team recognizing his leadership and athletic abilities on the football
field. Earning the East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, Ryan has been recognized for his character as well.
Michigan announces 2 more assistant football coaches
has added Jedd Fisch and John Baxter to new coach Jim Harbaugh's football
staff. The Wolverines said Friday that Fisch will coordinate the passing game and Baxter will be the special teams coordinator. Fisch, who spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, will coach Michigan
's quarterbacks and wide receivers.
National Championship Preview: Ohio State's secondary (Dr. Saturday)
- The first College Football
Playoff National Championship Game is finally upon us and Dr. Saturday has your pregame prep covered. Every day leading up to the game, we’ll breakdown a piece of each team and preview its role in the upcoming title game. Previous previews: Ohio State's front 7 , Oregon's front 7 . Season highlight: The semifinal game against Alabama was arguably the best performance of the season for the Ohio State secondary. Even though it allowed 237 passing yards and two touchdowns, it held star receiver Amari Cooper to nine catches for 71 yards, which was only the second time Cooper didn’t average 10 or more yards per catch. The Buckeyes held Alabama to a 118.08 pass efficiency rating, which was their third-lowest of the season. And the 10.773 yards per completion were the second-lowest of the season. Player to Watch: Senior cornerback Doran Grant has been the anchor of an Ohio State secondary that is loaded with young players. Grant, a senior captain, has five interceptions this season, including two that came in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin. He has 58 tackles and nine pass breakups this year, and was an All-Big Ten first team selection. Strengths: The Ohio State secondary has specialized in takeaways this year. Of the Buckeyes 24 interceptions, which ranks fourth nationally, 17 have come from players in the secondary. Sophomore safety Vonn Bell leads all Ohio State players with six interceptions and he snagged one off Alabama quarterback Blake Sims in the semifinal. Weaknesses: Ohio State didn’t face a lot of great passing quarterbacks this season, but against Cincinnati and Michigan
State, the two best quarterbacks Ohio State faced this year, the Buckeyes allowed 352 and 358 passing yards respectively. Cincinnati's Gunner Kiel had four passing touchdowns and Michigan
State's Connor Cook had two. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is by far the best quarterback the Buckeyes have faced all season and keeping his numbers down will be a tremendous challenge. Overview: Ohio State’s secondary has great numbers. It ranks fourth nationally in interceptions and fourth in passing defense efficiency. It’s only allowing 191.6 passing yards per game and of the 39 offensive touchdowns the Buckeyes have allowed, only 15 have come through the air. However, the numbers can be misleading. Only one of Ohio State’s opponents this season ranked in the top 25 in passing offense (No. 13 Cincinnati) and Alabama and Michigan
State ranked Nos. 28 and 35 respectively. However, five of the Buckeyes opponents ranked 110th or worse in passing offense and seven of the team’s interceptions came off those offenses. Only one of those offenses threw for more than 181 yards. In fact Michigan
’s 251 passing yards was a season-high by 31 yards. The Wolverines ranked 110th in passing offense. There had been questions about the Ohio State secondary early in the season, especially after it allowed Cincinnati's Chris Moore to have 221 yards and three touchdowns. Moore, the Bearcats third-best receiver, didn’t have a 100-yard game and had three contests where he had no yards. Many of the concerns about the Ohio State secondary were chalked up to youth. The Buckeyes depth chart has freshmen Eli Apple or Gareon Conley as co-starters at one corner spot and sophomores Tyvis Powell and Bell at the two safety positions. Grant is the only senior. However, playing the youth card doesn’t work when you’re about to play your 15th game of the year. What Ohio State did against the Alabama passing game was admirable. Even though Cooper was able to have some success, it wasn’t his best game. The Buckeyes forced Sims to use other options. Down the stretch, Sims seemed reluctant to do so, which helped the Ohio State defense read his passes and pick him off. There were a couple instances where there were open receivers available, but Sims was fixated on Cooper and Ohio State capitalized. Ohio State won’t get so lucky with the Oregon passing game, which is by far the best the Buckeyes have seen all season. Mariota has just three interceptions this year compared to 40 touchdowns and 4,121 yards. But what makes Oregon’s passing game so difficult to defend is its diversity. The Ducks do not have a 1,000-yard receiver this season, but they do have seven different players with at least 300 receiving yards and nine receivers with at least 10 catches. The Ducks lost third-leading receiver Devon Allen to a knee injury on the first play against Florida State, but six different players caught the ball against the Seminoles as Mariota amassed 338 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Ohio State secondary likely will need help from its linebackers in coverage, especially with the way Oregon uses its tight ends, but this game is going to be a tremendous challenge for an Ohio State secondary who has nothing which to compare this offense. For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com . - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football
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Maryland football has bright future at outside linebacker
- Maryland outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue chases down Stanford's Christian McCaffrey during the Foster Farms Bowl. Maryland's defense was backed up, trying to prevent Michigan
from scoring on a third-and-goal from the Terps' 5-yard line.
Top 5 Ann Arbor crime videos from 2014 include Csont'e York sucker-punch, bounty hunter with Taser
- Former University of Michigan
wide receiver Csont'e York, 20, was sentenced to serve at least seven days in jail and two years of probation for a sucker-punch he delivered to a 23-year-old man outside Scorekeepers Bar and Grille, 310 Maynard St., about 2:15 a.m. July 18. In May, 49-year-old Frederick Coble and his girlfriend, 48-year-old Christina Borcea, went into the Speedway gas station located at 1300 North Maple in Ann Arbor and tried to steal cartons of cigarettes. But that didn't stop the 22-year-old gas station clerk from defending himself.
Harbaugh brings exuberant personality to Michigan
- ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Jim Harbaugh stumbled ever so slightly while entering the room for his introductory news conference at Michigan
- a misstep so slight it probably went unnoticed to many of the people watching.
Maryland football's Andre Monroe sets university's all-time sacks record
- Maryland's senior defensive end set the university's all-time sacks record with a first-quarter sack against Stanford on Tuesday. Andre Monroe , the Maryland football
team's undersized, eccentric and prolific defensive end, set the university's all-time sacks record with a quarterback takedown against Stanford on Tuesday.
Michigan QB Morris 'ecstatic' to get Harbaugh
junior Shane Morris joined a list Tuesday that includes former No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck and NFC champion Colin Kaepernick as pupils of Jim Harbaugh.
In Harbaugh, Michigan hopes to find its Saban
needed a game-changer. A coach who could restore the shine to one of the college football
's jewels. The Wolverines needed their Nick Saban, who pulled Alabama from the muck of mediocrity and made the Crimson Tide champions again.
Michigan gets its man in coach Jim Harbaugh
- Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer in the Big Ten? It has a certain ring to it, like the glory days when Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes battled for control of the league.
Dockers wants the Harbaughs to know it makes Michigan pants (Dr. Saturday)
- Dockers has an important message for the Harbaugh family: the company makes licensed Michigan
pants. Jim Harbaugh, the man who will reportedly be introduced as the Wolverines' next coach , has a thing for khakis. Cheap khakis, in fact. And while some style-conscious readers may quibble with Dockers as a choice of nice pants, we can all agree that Dockers pants would be an upgrade over the pants Harbaugh has worn on the sidelines with the San Francisco 49ers, right? Don't worry Sarah #Harbaugh , we make Dockers for Wolverines too. #StopDadPants #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/Vs7sBagy9w — Dockers (@Dockers) December 29, 2014 The pants currently are $40 on Dockers' site, which is a price hike from what Harbaugh usually pays. But we're guessing the company would hook him up for free. And the Michigan
pants come in the normal khaki color too. Harbaugh wouldn't have to go the drastic route of changing the color of his pants as well as the brand. There's only so much pants change you can undertake at one time, you know. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg
AP source: Michigan lands Harbaugh as new coach
- Former San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has signed a deal to become the new coach at Michigan
, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Monday.
Jim Harbaugh reportedly heading to Michigan (Dr. Saturday)
- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will reportedly be the next coach of the Michigan
Wolverines. According to CSN Bay Area , Harbaugh has agreed to be Michigan
's coach. Confirmed: Harbaugh to Michigan
! Press Conference Tues in Ann Arbor — Dave Feldman (@FeldyCSN) December 28, 2014 Harbaugh's move to Michigan
was first tweeted by John U. Bacon on Saturday night. Bacon, a professor at Michigan
, is the author of "Fourth and Long," a book about college football
. I just got off the phone with more sources tonight. It's done. Jim Harbaugh is coming to Michigan
- and his friends are flying in Monday. — John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) December 28, 2014 How do I know this? From his friends who are flying in. — John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) December 28, 2014 Michigan
officials were in the San Francisco Bay Area over the weekend to meet with Harbaugh in the hopes of securing his services as the Wolverines' next head coach. The 49ers play the Arizona cardinals on Sunday. No contract numbers have been reported along with Harbaugh's reported agreement, but a previous report said that Harbaugh had been offered nearly $50 million for six years at Michigan
. The figure, if it becomes his contract, would make him the highest paid coach in the NFL and college football
. Harbaugh has been the coach of the 49ers for four seasons. He would replace Brady Hoke at Michigan
, who was fired after the end of the 2014 season following Michigan
's 5-7 record. When Hoke was hired at Michigan
four years ago, Harbaugh was mentioned as a candidate. Hoke's record in his four seasons at Michigan
was 31-20. Harbaugh was 29-21 in four years at Stanford before taking the 49ers job. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg
Michigan Wolverine Football: What About the Cupboard? - Offense - Part I
- When Jim Harbaugh, or Plan B From Inner Space, takes over as Head Coach of Michigan Football
in the next few days, the celebration will be giddy, the optimism will climb, the synergy will be noticeable, and the axis tilt will be somewhat restored. Immediately afterward, a reality will set in that Michigan
has placed one logical cog in place, but many other factors must be addressed to ascend upward.
Michigan officials reportedly in San Francisco area to meet with Jim Harbaugh (Dr. Saturday)
- As San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's future remains clouded and Michigan
doesn't have a coach for 2015, the Wolverines are reportedly scheduled to speak with him over the weekend. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Friday night that Michigan
officials would be in the Bay area and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Michigan
officials will meet with Harbaugh. Per The Wolverine, Michigan
officials are there "with the intention of closing the deal" after San Francisco plays Arizona on Sunday. #Michigan
brass & search firm will be up in the Bay Area this weekend as part of the Jim Harbaugh pursuit, per source. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 27, 2014 Michigan
AD Jim Hackett & U-M officials will be in the Bay Area this weekend to speak with Jim Harbaugh. So will #Raiders officials #GameOn — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2014 Before Jim Harbaugh meets with #Michigan
or #Raiders , the plan is to handle his #49ers commitments first. But both sides will be ready. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2014 The longer that Michigan
's coaching search has gone and the more that Harbaugh's tenure in San Francisco looks like it will end after the game against the Cardinals, the two parties have seemed like a natural fit. Harbaugh is a former Michigan
quarterback. And the interest in Harbaugh is, of course, not new. Rapoport reported previously that there was a six-year $49 million contract offer made to Harbaugh by the Wolverines. The contract would be the most for any football
coach in either the NFL or college ranks. Any contact with Harbaugh by the Raiders would need to be cleared to avoid any tampering possibilities as long as he's under contract with the 49ers. Before moving to the 49ers, where he's finishing his fourth season, Harbaugh was the coach at Stanford for four seasons. For more Michigan
news, visit TheWolverine.com. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg
The sports stories we want to remember from 2014
- BOSTON (AP) -- Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the path to the Boston Marathon finish line. On his race bib he had the names of those killed there by a pair of homemade bombs, and on his shoulders he would soon drape an American flag.
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offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier watches the action from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan
Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10.