MLive: Teammates support Rashan Gary’s decision to skip Peach Bowl

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5Dec 2018
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MLive: Teammates support Rashan Gary’s decision to skip Peach Bowl

Some of Rashan Gary’s teammates support his skipping of the Peach Bowl (LINK).

I’ll say this about the topic: Gary is certainly entitled to do what’s best for him and his family. We’ve seen people get hurt in bowl games before, including tight end Jake Butt tearing his ACL just a couple years ago. But I’m also okay with it if some Michigan fans are disappointed. For years we’ve been rooting for Michigan players who go all out and put the team before themselves, and there’s something to be respected about that. If Gary goes down in Michigan history as not being one of those guys…well…so be it.

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4Dec 2018
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School in the News: Ohio State

Zach Harrison

It was announced today that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is “retiring” after the Rose Bowl. (Afterward, he will probably take off a year, let people forget how he housed a domestic abuser, and then take a job as the head coach at Penn State or Florida State.)

Regardless, OSU will be led by 39-year-old offensive coordinator Ryan Day going forward. Day was 3-0 as the interim head coach during the beginning of the 2018 season, when Meyer was suspended for being a big jerk.

On the recruiting front, I doubt many committed prospects will start to jump ship, because the continuity is going to be there. I would imagine Day will keep most of the staff, even if the ax falls on defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. But since this is a site so heavily centered on recruiting, it’s worth taking a look at the Buckeye commits with Michigan offers:

  • 4-star S Jordan Battle
  • 3-star LB Steele Chambers
  • 4-star ATH Ronnie Hickman
  • 3-star OT Ryan Jacoby
  • 4-star C Harry Miller
  • 4-star DE Noah Potter
  • 4-star LB Cade Stover
  • 4-star WR Jameson Williams

Of those prospects, Michigan was only highly involved with Chambers. For a while it looked like Chambers, a Georgia native, might be a Michigan lean. I really like Cade Stover (a Ben Gedeon clone) and Ronnie Hickman, too, but Stover is a native Ohioan and Hickman never paid Michigan a ton of attention.

Most significantly, the departure of Meyer may push defensive end Zach Harrison harder toward Michigan. There have been varying rumors in the past couple weeks, some that he was leaning toward Michigan and some that he was leaning toward the home-state Buckeyes. Harrison is a 5-star prospect and a top-notch athlete. Of course, the possibility has been out there for a while that Meyer might be on his last legs at Ohio State, but the slight uncertainty of a first-time head coach might be enough to settle the issue once and for all in Harrison’s mind that he wants to pick Michigan.

4Dec 2018
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Championship Game Week

Damien Harris (image via USA Today)

 

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DECOMMITMENTS

Damien Harris, RB (Alabama): Harris ran 9 times for 52 yards and caught 1 pass for -1 yard in a 35-28 win over Georgia, giving Alabama the SEC Championship.

Jeremiah Holloman, WR (Georgia): Holloman caught 2 passes for 37 yards in a 35-28 loss to Alabama.

Rashad Weaver, DE (Pitt): Weaver made 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup in a 42-10 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship.

Mike Weber, RB (Ohio State): Weber ran 17 times for 51 yards and caught 3 passes for 21 yards in a 45-24 win over Northwestern, giving the Buckeyes the Big Ten Championship.

FORMER COACHES

Brady Hoke, Defensive Line Coach (Carolina Panthers): Hoke was fired after the Panthers’ 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Panthers are 6-6.

Scott Shafer, Defensive Coordinator (Middle Tennessee): A week after holding UAB to 3 points in a victory, Middle Tennessee’s defense gave up 27 points and lost the Conference-USA Championship game to UAB, 27-25.

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