Nothing But ‘Net – Week #16 – 02/12/2024 – One Step Forward…

The University of Michigan men’s basketball team played two games this past week, and they won one and lost the other.  On Wednesday (02/07/2024), they beat (#11) Wisconsin 72-68 in Crisler Arena, then on Saturday (02/10/2024), they lost at Nebraska 79-59.  The win and the loss leave Michigan with a record of 8-16 (3-10 in Big Ten).

What Happened?

The win over Wisconsin was a huge upset, especially given how poorly Michigan has been playing for the last month.  After many games in a row where Michigan has folded when things got tough in the 2nd half, UM kept their composure in the face of adversity vs. Wisconsin and finished the game strong.  Could they carry that momentum into their next game, at Nebraska?  No, not even close.  They got behind early, fell way behind before halftime, and never seriously challenged Nebraska in the 2nd half.  One step forward, one step back.

Game Flow

The Wisconsin game was close early, with tie scores at 6-6, 8-8, 10-10, 11-11, 13-13, and 19-19.  Michigan finally started pulling away with a 10-1 run, to go up 29-20 with 7:28 to go in the 1st half.  They kept the lead in the 5-7 point range for a while, but Wisconsin snuck up, and Michigan was only leading by 1 point (34-33) with 1:58 left.  Fortunately, they finished the half on a 3-0 run, to lead by 4 points (37-33) at halftime.  As they have so many times this season, Michigan had a tough time at the start of the 2nd half.  Wisconsin outscored Michigan 10-5 in the first 3:47, to go up 43-42.  In the last month, whenever Michigan has lost their lead in the 2nd half, they have never regained it.  This game was different.  Instead of folding, Michigan hung in there with Wisconsin, and the lead went back and forth for several minutes.  With 12:29 left in the game, Wisconsin was up by 1 point (48-47).  That was their last lead.  Michigan grabbed the lead at the 12:07 mark, 49-48, and never trailed again.  They got the lead at high as 9 points (63-54 with 5:45 to go), but let Wisconsin get within 2 points (70-68) with 11 seconds to go.  Michigan hit their free throws, and won by 4.  It was Michigan’s best game, and best win, of the season.

Other than the first 5 minutes, the Nebraska game was a disaster.  Michigan actually led once (2-0), and the score was tied 2-2 and 4-4.  Michigan was within 2 points (9-7) with 15:32 left in the 1st half, and then the roof fell in.  Nebraska went on a 13-0 run, and led 22-7 with 11:20 to go.  Michigan made a basket and a free throw to stay within 15 points (25-10) with 9:40 to go, then Nebraska went on another run, this time 18-3, to lead by 30 points (43-13) with 5:21 left.  At that point, the game was over.  I can’t remember the last time Michigan trailed by 30 points in the 1st half.  It was humiliating.  Nebraska led by 20 at halftime, 45-25, and they let Michigan go on a couple mini-runs every now and then, but they never let their lead get below 19 points until the 5:23 mark in the 2nd half, when Michigan got as close as 15 points (70-55).  They pushed their lead back up past 20 points, cruising to a 20-point win.

Stats

The game stats for the Wisconsin game were decent.  Michigan shot pretty well overall (23-for-51 = 45.1%), they shot 3-pointers pretty well (7-for-20 = 35.0%), and they shot free throws pretty well (19-for-25 = 76.0%).  They won the rebounding battle (34-28), and tied in the turnover battle (12-12).  They won this game with pretty good shooting and rebounding.

The game stats for the Nebraska game were mediocre.  Michigan shot poorly overall (20-for-62 = 32.3%), they shot 3-pointers pretty well (8-for-24 = 33.3%), and they shot free throws pretty well (11-for-15 = 73.3%).  They lost the rebounding battle (43-39) and the turnover battle (14-9).  They lost this game with poor overall shooting, rebounding, and too many turnovers.

Who Started?

The starters for the Wisconsin game were Nimari Burnett, Dug McDaniel, Olivier Nkamhoua, Tarris Reed, Jr., and Terrance Williams II.  McDaniel didn’t travel with the team for the Nebraska game (indefinite “road suspension”), so Jaelin Llewellyn started in his place.

Who Looked Good?

No Michigan player hit double figures in both games this week.

McDaniel hit double figures in the one game he played in (Wisconsin), with 16 points.  On the downside, he shot poorly (6-for-15 overall, 1-for-5 from deep), and he had 0 assists.

Burnett had one good game (18 points vs. Nebraska) and one decent game (8 points vs. Wisconsin).  He was Michigan’s leading scorer vs. Nebraska, and the only Michigan player to hit double figures in that game.

Reed had one good game (12 points vs. Wisconsin) and one decent game (9 points vs. Nebraska).

Williams had a couple decent games, with 10 and 9 points.

Llewellyn had a decent game as a starter vs. Nebraska (8 points), and a mediocre game (5 points) off the bench vs. Wisconsin.  He shot decently vs. Wisconsin (2-for-4 overall, 1-for-3 from deep), but he was lousy vs. Nebraska (3-for-12 overall, 2-for-7 from deep).

Will Tschetter was a little ray of sunshine off the bench, with 11 and 8 points.

Who Looked Not-So-Good?

Nkamhoua has a mediocre week, with 8 and 3 points.  He shot reasonably well in the Wisconsin game (2-for-5 overall, 1-for-3 from deep), but he was horrible in the Nebraska game (1-for-10 overall, 0-for-3 from deep).  On the positive side, he was the leading rebounder in both games, with 12 and 10.

Tray Jackson had 2 points off the bench in each game, but he did it on terrible shooting: 0-for-2 vs. Wisconsin (2-for-2 shooting free throws), and 0-for-5 overall, 0-for-1 from deep vs. Nebraska (2-for-2 shooting free throws).  Michigan needs a lot more production from him.

Who Else Played?

Harrison Hochberg played the last 2 minutes of the Nebraska game, but didn’t attempt a shot.

Youssef Khayat played the last minute of the Nebraska game, and missed his only shot attempt.

Jackson Selvala played the last 2 minutes of the Nebraska game, and scored the first points of his career, going 2-for-2 from the free throw line.  Good for him!

Cooper Smith played the last 2 minutes of the Nebraska game, but didn’t attempt a shot.

George Washington III played in both games, but didn’t score.  He didn’t attempt a shot vs. Wisconsin, and he was 0-for-2 (both 3-point attempts) vs. Nebraska.

Who Didn’t Play?

Jace Howard was the only scholarship player who didn’t play this week.  Could he be injured?

Ian Burns was the only Scout Team player who didn’t play this week.

What Does It Mean?

While the Wisconsin win was fun (and really unexpected), it was a case of “too little, too late”.  With their 16th loss, Michigan now needs to win the rest of their regular season games (unlikely) and 2 games in the Big Ten Tournament to finish at 0.500 and be eligible for the NIT.  Of course, they could go on a run in the Big Ten Tournament and win it all, guaranteeing them a spot in the Big Dance, but that’s very unlikely.  They have lost too many games to stand any realistic chance of playing in the postseason.

What’s Next?

The season drones on.  This week, Michigan plays two games.  On Tuesday (02/13/2024, 7:00 p.m. EST, Peacock), they play at (#10) Illinois, then on Saturday (02/17/2024, 8:00 p.m., FOX) they play Michigan State in Crisler Arena.

Illinois is currently 17-6 (8-4 in Big Ten).  Michigan has already played Illinois, in Crisler Arena on 01/18/2024, and it didn’t go well.  Illinois won easily, 88-73.  It will be even worse on the road.  Staying within 20 points would be a moral victory.

Michigan State is currently 15-9 (7-6 in Big Ten).  Michigan has already played MSU, on the road on 01/30/2024, and it didn’t go well.  MSU won easily, 81-62.  It should be closer in Crisler Arena, but probably not close enough to matter.  Who knows, maybe UM has another upset in them?  After the Wisconsin win, it’s not inconceivable.

Check back next week to find out what happened and why.

Go Blue!

Nothing But ‘Net – Week #15 – 02/05/2024 – Rock Bottom

The University of Michigan men’s basketball team played two games this past week, and they lost both of them.  On Tuesday (01/30/2024), they lost at Michigan State 81-62, then on Saturday (02/03/2024), they lost to Rutgers 69-59 in Crisler Arena.  The two losses lower Michigan’s record to 7-15 (2-9 in Big Ten).  They have now lost 5 games in a row, and 10 of the last 11.

What Happened?

Michigan has hit rock bottom for this season.  Losing to MSU on the road isn’t that embarrassing, but losing by almost 20 points makes it a lot worse.  None of that compares to losing by 10 points at home to the second-worst team in the Big Ten.  That’s rock bottom.  This season is over, even though there are still 10 games left to play.

Game Flow

Michigan has been very consistent lately: they build up a decent lead in the 1st half, then throw it away.  Once they get behind, they’re sunk, and they never regain the lead on the way to another tragic loss.  They’ve done it in many games this season, especially lately, and they did it twice this week.  In the MSU game, they pulled out to an early 9 point lead (18-9) with 11:52 to go in the 1st half, then let it slip away.  They were still up by 7 points (35-28) with 1:42 left in the half, but they let MSU go on a quick 5-0 run to end the half, with UM clinging to a 2-point lead, 35-33.  As they have so many times this season, UM came out of halftime and threw the game away.  After leading for most of the 1st half, building up a 9-point lead and watching it fritter away, they let MSU tie the game (39-39) at the 17:42 mark, then let MSU go ahead for good (41-39) just 22 seconds later, and that was the game.  MSU never trailed again, and built up the lead as high as 20 points, winning by 19.

It was more of the same in the Rutgers game, except that this time Michigan waited until later in the game to collapse.  Other than a brief 2-0 lead by Rutgers to start the game, Michigan led for the entire 1st half, by as many as 12 points.  Rutgers had crept back to within 5 points (35-30) with 47 seconds left in the 1st half, when Michigan played things perfectly, and scored 4 points in the last 10 seconds to go into halftime with great positive momentum, up 39-30.  Could this be the end of the “2nd half curse”?  It looked good.  Michigan started the 2nd half strong, pushing their lead up to 15 points (47-32) at the 17:03 mark.  They still led by 12 points (51-39) with 12:43 left, when the wheels started coming off.  Rutgers went on a quick 8-0 run to cut the lead to just 4 points (51-47) at the 10:27 mark.  Michigan kept the lead between 4 and 6 points for a while, and it was still a 6-point lead (57-51) with 7:19 left.  Look at that score: the final score was 69-59, Rutgers.  That means that Rutgers outscored Michigan 18-2 in the last 7:19.  18-2!  In that period, Michigan missed 3 3-pointers, missed 6 2-point shots, and committed 4 turnovers.  That works out to 1-for-10 shooting in 7:19.  Disgusting.

Stats

The game stats for the MSU game were reasonable.  Michigan shot decently overall (20-for-47 = 42.6%), they shot 3-pointers pretty well (8-for-20 = 40.0%), but they shot free throws poorly (14-for-26 = 53.8%).  They won the rebounding battle handily (34-26), but they lost the turnover battle badly (13-6).  They lost this game with poor defense, allowing MSU to shoot 55.7% (34-for-61).

The game stats for the Rutgers game were weak.  Michigan shot decently overall (23-for-53 = 43.4%), they shot 3-pointers poorly (7-for-24 = 29.2%), and they shot free throws well, just not enough (6-for-7 = 85.7%).  They lost the rebounding battle badly (40-32), and they were terrible with turnovers, losing that battle 19-9.  They lost this game with terrible rebounding and turnovers, and, most importantly, absolutely horrible 3-point shooting in the 2nd half: 1-for-11!

Who Started?

The starters for the MSU game were Nimari Burnett, Jaelin Llewellyn, Olivier Nkamhoua, Tarris Reed, Jr., and Terrance Williams IIDug McDaniel didn’t travel with the team for the MSU game (indefinite “road suspension”), but he started in place of Llewellyn in the Rutgers game.

Who Looked Good?

No Michigan player hit double figures in both games this week.  No one really looked good in both games.

McDaniel hit double figures in the one game he played in (Rutgers), with 10 points.

Nkamhoua had one decent game (14 points vs. Rutgers) and one mediocre game (9 points vs. MSU).

Williams had one decent game (14 points vs. MSU) and one mediocre game (7 points vs. Rutgers).

Llewellyn had a great game as a starter vs. MSU (18 points), and a lousy game (3 points) off the bench vs. Rutgers.  He’s done this several times this season: he’s great as a starter when McDaniel isn’t available, then he’s lousy off the bench for the home games.

Reed actually had a pretty good week, with 5 and 12 points.  More importantly, he had 9 and 15 rebounds, giving him a double-double vs. Rutgers.

Tray Jackson had 8 and 3 points off the bench.

Who Looked Not-So-Good?

Burnett had a mediocre week, scoring 8 and 5 points.

Will Tschetter had 0 and 5 points off the bench.

Who Else Played?

Jace Howard only played in the MSU game, where he missed his only shot attempt.

Who Didn’t Play?

Youssef Khayat and George Washington III were the scholarship players who didn’t play this week.

None of the Scout Team played this week: Ian Burns, Harrison Hochberg, Jackson Selvala and Cooper Smith.  Smith is currently injured.

What Does It Mean?

Even though there are still 10 games left in this season, it’s over.  Michigan has played all of the winnable games on their schedule, and lost most of them.  The remaining games are all very low win-probability games.  It’s hard to see another win in there.  Maybe at Rutgers or at Ohio State, but probably not.  They’re looking at a final record of 7-25 (2-18 in Big Ten).

What’s Next?

This week, Michigan plays two games.  On Wednesday (02/07/2024, 7:00 p.m., BTN), they play (#6) Wisconsin in Crisler Arena, then on Saturday (02/10/2024, 6:30 p.m. EST, BTN) they play at Nebraska.

Wisconsin is currently 16-6 (8-3 in Big Ten).  They have impressive wins over (#24) Virginia, (#3) Marquette, and Michigan State (twice), and unimpressive losses to Providence, Penn State, and Nebraska.  They don’t have any noteworthy players, but they do have some height: a 6’11” player and a 7-footer.  Michigan stands no chance in this game.  They’ll be lucky to stay within 20 points.

Nebraska is currently 16-6 (6-5 in Big Ten).  They have impressive wins over Michigan State, (#1) Purdue, and (#6) Wisconsin, and unimpressive losses to Minnesota, Iowa, Rutgers, and Maryland.  They have one noteworthy player: Keisei Tominaga.  His production is unexplainable.  He looks like a bad YMCA player, but he still manages to baffle his opponents.  Nebraska also has some height: two 6’10” players and a 6’11” player.  This is not the Nebraska team we’ve gotten used to.  They are in the upper half of the Big Ten, and they are knocking off the big boys.  They should have no trouble dominating Michigan.

Check back next week to find out what happened and why.

Go Blue!

Nothing But ‘Net – Week #14 – 01/29/2024 – A Truly Lousy Week

The University of Michigan men’s basketball team played two games this past week, and they lost both of them.  On Tuesday (01/23/2024), they lost at (#2) Purdue 99-67, then on Saturday (01/27/2024), they lost to Iowa 88-78 in Crisler Arena.  The two losses lower Michigan’s record to 7-13 (2-7 in Big Ten).

What Happened?

This was truly a lousy week for Michigan basketball.  Losing on the road to the #2 team in the nation is no disgrace, but losing by 32 points hurts.  Losing at home to a lower-division team that you beat 6 weeks ago is bad, but losing by double digits is worse.  Michigan’s season is spiraling down the drain more each week.

Game Flow

The Purdue game was never close.  UM was within one point (3-2) very early, then the roof fell in.  Purdue was up by 11 points (15-4) with 14:59 to go, and they kept the lead around 11 points for the next 10 minutes.  It was still 11 points (34-23) at the 3:21 mark, when Purdue ripped off a 15-2 run to end the half, up 24 points (49-25).  All Purdue had to do in the 2nd half was keep the lead at or above 20 points, and that’s what they did.  The lead got as high as 35 points, before ending at 32 points.  It was total domination by Purdue.  Michigan never stood a chance.

The Iowa game was close early, with the score tied at 2-2, 8-8, 18-18, and 22-22.  Iowa led 27-26 with 7:34 to go in the 1st half, when Michigan went on a 10-0 run to lead by 9 points (36-27) with 5:32 left.  That was the high-water mark for Michigan.  As they have done so many times this season, they got a decent lead, then threw it away.  It was still 6 points (44-38) with 1:10 to go in the half, but it was down to 2 points (44-42) at halftime.  The first 3:14 of the 2nd half was the worst sequence for Michigan this season, at that’s saying something.  Iowa ran off a quick 10-0 run, to go up by 8 points (52-44) with 16:46 to go.  During that stretch, Michigan committed two fouls and one turnover, missed four 2-point shots, and missed two 3-point attempts.  And that was it: they went from 9 points up to 8 points down, and never led again.  They did make a couple runs at the lead, getting within 1 point once (67-66 with 10:06 left), but Iowa led comfortably the rest of the way.

Stats

The game stats for the Purdue game were miserable.  Michigan shot poorly overall (23-for-68 = 33.8%), they shot 3-pointers poorly (9-for-29 = 31.0%), but they did shoot free throws well (12-for-15 = 80.0%).  They lost the rebounding battle badly (46-37), but they tied the turnover battle (7-7).  They lost this game with poor shooting and rebounding.

The game stats for the Iowa game were weak.  Michigan shot pretty poorly overall (27-for-63 = 42.9%), they shot 3-pointers pretty poorly (9-for-26 = 34.6%), and they shot free throws pretty well (15-for-20 = 75.0%).  They won the rebounding battle (32-29) and the turnover battle (9-11).  They lost this game with poor 3-point defense: Iowa shot 8-for-16 from deep.

Who Started?

The starters for the Purdue game were Nimari Burnett, Jaelin Llewellyn, Olivier Nkamhoua, Tarris Reed, Jr., and Terrance Williams IIDug McDaniel didn’t travel with the team for the Purdue game (indefinite “road suspension”), but he started in place of Llewellyn in the Iowa game.

Who Looked Good?

Williams was the only Michigan player to hit double figures in both games, with 10 and 16 points.  He had a lousy week shooting: 4-for-11 vs. Purdue, and 6-for-16 overall (2-for-8 from deep) vs. Iowa.

Nkamhoua had one decent game (13 points vs. Iowa) and one mediocre game (7 points vs. Purdue).  He also had a lousy week shooting: 3-for-9 overall (1-for-5 from deep) vs. Purdue, and 5-for-12 overall (0-for-3 from deep) vs. Iowa.

Burnett also had one decent game (13 points vs. Iowa) and one mediocre game (7 points vs. Purdue).  He had a lousy game shooting vs. Purdue: 2-for-9 overall (1-for-5 from deep), and a decent game shooting vs. Iowa: 4-for-10 overall (3-for-6 from deep).

Llewellyn had a great game as a starter vs. Purdue (16 points), but didn’t attempt a shot off the bench vs. Iowa.

McDaniel scored 13 points in the Iowa game, and didn’t play in the Purdue game.  He shot poorly: 4-for-13 overall (1-for-5 from deep).  He had 6 rebounds and 5 assists, vs. only 1 turnover.

George Washington III had the first good game of his career vs. Purdue, with 10 points on 2-for-4 shooting, all from deep, along with 4-for-4 from the free throw line.  He didn’t play in the Iowa game.

Jace Howard had 7 and 4 points off the bench.

Will Tschetter had 4 and 7 points off the bench.

Who Looked Not-So-Good?

Youssef Khayat only played in the Purdue game, where he didn’t score.

Reed had a mediocre week, with 6 and 7 points.  He did have 10 and 7 rebounds.

Who Else Played?

Ian Burns played for 2 minutes vs. Purdue.  He didn’t attempt a shot.

Harrison Hochberg played for 3 minutes vs. Purdue.  He didn’t attempt a shot.

Tray Jackson finally returned to action, after missing 4 games with a concussion and broken bone in his nose.  He scored 5 points.  He played wearing a mask.  It was good to have him back.

Jackson Selvala played for 3 minutes vs. Purdue.  He didn’t attempt a shot.

Who Didn’t Play?

Cooper Smith (Scout Team) didn’t play in either game.  He is currently injured.

What Does It Mean?

That was a lousy week, in the middle of a lousy season.  At this point, Michigan is just playing out the rest of the season, seeing if they can win a couple more games.  I still don’t see them winning more than 10 games.

What’s Next?

This week, Michigan plays two games.  On Tuesday (01/30/2024, 9:00 p.m., Peacock), they play at Michigan State, then on Saturday (02/03/2024, 4:00 p.m., BTN) they play Rutgers in Crisler Arena.

Michigan State is currently 12-8 overall (4-5 in Big Ten).  They have an impressive win over (#6) Baylor, and unimpressive losses to James Madison, Nebraska, and Northwestern.  They have a few noteworthy players (Tyson Walker, Jaden Akins, and Malik Hall), and they have some height: two 6’11” guys.  For a team that started the season ranked in the Top-5, they have massively underachieved.  However, they are still dangerous.  The way Michigan has been playing recently, I don’t expect this to be a close game, say a 15-20 point loss.

Rutgers is currently 10-9 overall (2-6 in Big Ten).  They have impressive wins over Seton Hall, Indiana, and Nebraska, and unimpressive losses to Princeton, Wake Forest, Ohio State, and Iowa.  They don’t have any noteworthy players, but they do have some height: a 6’10” player and a 6’11” player.  This could be Michigan’s last good opportunity for a win, but they’ll have to play better than they’ve been playing recently.

Check back next week to find out what happened and why.

Go Blue!

Michigan Wolverine Football Podcast — Jim Harbaugh has left the building

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  • Jim Harbaugh’s departure from Michigan to NFL.0:00
    • Jim Harbaugh returns to NFL as Chargers head coach after leading Michigan to football success.
    • Clint Derringer believes Jim Harbaugh’s NFL return was inevitable, despite Michigan’s efforts.
  • Jim Harbaugh’s decision to leave Michigan for the Chargers.4:00
    • Phil Callihan thinks Jim Harbaugh’s competitive nature and desire to surpass his father and brother’s achievements may have influenced his decision to leave the San Diego Chargers.
    • Callihan believes Harbaugh’s family dynamics and the opportunity to win another national championship may have played a role in his decision to return to Michigan.
    • Phil Callihan expresses mixed emotions about Jim Harbaugh’s departure, citing his happiness for Jim’s success and sadness at the end of an era.
    • Jim Harbaugh’s love for Michigan and its fans is evident in his actions, including a spontaneous gathering at Schembechler Hall after the team’s return from Houston.
  • Jim Harbaugh’s departure from Michigan football.10:03
    • Clint Derringer believes Michigan’s lack of effort to retain Jim Harbaugh was a critical mistake.
    • Clint Derringer believes Harbaugh’s NFL dream could have been handled better, leading to current leverage issues.
    • Jim Harbaugh reflects on past seasons, including a time when he thought he might get fired.
  • Jim Harbaugh’s contract negotiations and potential move to Ohio State.16:11
    • Phil Callihan believes Jim Harbaugh’s mind was set to look elsewhere after the 2020 season due to a perceived lack of support from Michigan fans and administration.
    • Callihan thinks Harbaugh should have been locked up by Michigan after his impressive performance against Ohio State in 2020.
    • Phil Callihan reflects on the Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan, including the TCU loss and NCAA allegations.
    • Phil Callihan suggests Michigan Football could have been distracted by off-field issues, leading to a lack of focus on the field.
  • Jim Harbaugh’s departure from Michigan Football.23:30
    • Clint Derringer suggests that Jim Harbaugh was considering leaving Michigan due to a lack of competitive challenge and potential for dominance in the sport.
    • Clint Derringer believes that Harbaugh was also aware of the eventual transition at Michigan and wanted to leave on his own terms, rather than being forced out.
    • Clint Derringer believes Jim Harbaugh’s departure from Michigan Football was intentional and part of a larger plan, with the program primed for a smooth transition.
    • Derringer suggests that Harbaugh’s own more, Sherrone Moore, should be the next head coach, given his input and involvement in the program’s development.
  • Michigan football culture and leadership succession.29:27
    • Jim Harbaugh’s unique approach created a resilient, competitive culture at Michigan.
    • Phil Callihan questions whether Jim Harbaugh’s culture at Michigan Football will endure after his departure, citing the program’s history of perpetuating a strong culture even after coaches leave.
    • Clint Derringer argues that Sherrone Moore is the best choice to maintain the program’s culture and vibes, citing his role in the team’s turnaround from 2020 to 2021.
  • Jim Harbaugh’s departure from Michigan Football.35:25
    • Sharon Moore’s success as interim coach is attributed to his ability to maintain a positive team culture, with questions remaining about staffing decisions and potential promotions within the coaching staff.
    • Clint Derringer prioritizes finding a defensive coordinator who can continue the successful Ravens-style defense, with stability being key to success in 2024.
    • Jim Harbaugh’s decision to leave Michigan for NFL was disappointing but understandable, with a focus on his best destiny and impact on college football.
  • Jim Harbaugh’s impact on Michigan football.42:02
    • Callihan appreciates Harbaugh’s authenticity and willingness to speak his mind, despite NFL teams’ reservations.
    • Clint Derringer reflects on Michigan football’s recent success and the importance of basking in the program’s historical context.
    • Clint Derringer: Harbaugh’s mentality and approach to football led to a significant turnaround, comparing him to Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr.
    • Derringer: Harbaugh’s success includes taking the program to the national level and winning a title, combining the best of past eras.
  • The meaning of being a Michigan man.50:05
    • Jim Harbaugh emphasizes teamwork and doing one’s best.
    • Jim Harbaugh: Being a Michigan man means unanimous support, making it right.
  • Teamwork and camaraderie in Michigan Wolverines football.54:46
    • Jim Harbaugh praises Team 144 players, coaches, and staff for their dedication and teamwork.
    • Michigan Wolverines’ love for the game is genuine, evident in their perseverance, accountability, and teamwork.
    • “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”