The Wolverine

January 2019

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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4 THE WOLVERINE JANUARY 2019 URBAN IS KING Dear The Wolverine, Urban Meyer is king, especially af- ter the way Ohio State demolished us this year. Until someone dethrones him, every year Ohio State is the team to beat. He is, without question, the second-best coach in the country, be- hind only Alabama's Nick Saban. But as we've been saying for too long now … maybe next year. I cannot knock Michigan's season this year. We had a really good year. I will take 10 wins every time, plus we got a share of the East Division title. It's a start. I still think we can re- cruit better. We're doing okay now, but we've got to continue going after the top talent. Bradley M. Woelmer Via the Internet Mr. Woelmer, We're sure you've seen that Meyer has retired, but Ohio State is still the team to beat in the Big Ten. Michigan's path to a title, for now, contin- ues to go through Columbus, even with- out Meyer, who built that dynasty on the backs of recruiting classes that were always ranked among the nation's best. TIME FOR A CHANGE Dear The Wolverine, It is time for a change. No, not the head coach. Jim Harbaugh needs to remain head coach but give up con- trol of the offense. Take a look around the landscape of college football. The game has changed. Hire a more innovative offensive per- son and use our players to their fullest potential. We are wasting skilled play- ers and won't attract new ones. The times have passed Harbaugh by. Indiana and Purdue are using their players better than we are ours. Make the change now or settle for less. Michael Peuler Via the Internet Mr. Peuler, Harbaugh has made ad- justments every offseason, and it says here this year will be no different. The of- fense made big strides this year. Provided Shea Patterson returns for his senior year, it should be even better next season. MOVING ON Dear The Wolverine, We have had time to digest the re- sults of the Ohio State-Michigan game. There is no question about the mag- nitude of difference in performance levels of the two teams. That fact has been pounded into our conscientious- ness beyond belief. Any fan of the Wolverines must ac- cept the futility of any rebuttal of that fact. I get it. Ohio State beat the crap out of Michigan. I did not see it com- ing, and neither did anyone else. Every broadcaster, sports pundit and sportswriter with any sense or knowl- edge of the game picked Michigan to win. Michigan lost BIG (pun intended). And now, I for one, am over it. Good teams have bad days. It will be said, with justification, that Ohio State had more talent by a large margin compared to Michigan. They were bet- ter prepared. They had an answer for literally every play that seemed to give hope for a recovery by Michigan. The reality of the Michigan-Ohio State game that is hard to resolve is that there was a totally unexpected huge disparity in the performance of individual players. Nothing seemed to work. And yet, there were some spectacular catches by Michigan re- January 2019 • Vol. 30, No. 5 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton The Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Writer Brandon Brown Staff Writer Austin Fox Drew Hallett Editorial Intern Andrew Hussey Managing Editor Ryan Tice Contributing Editor Steve Downey Layout And Design Jeanette Blankenship Chris Miller Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photo Per Kjeldsen Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Michelle Delee-Hamilton Customer Service Cathy Jones, Gail Evans The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year (12 issues) subscription is $52.99. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Wolverine, P.O. Box 2331, Durham, NC 27702. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC 27702 and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, 905 W. Main St, Suite 24F, Durham, NC 27701. E-Mail Address: Subscription questions: Website: Be Heard! Send your letters to: Wolverine Letters • P.O. Box 1304 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Or e-mail: Letters may be edited for clarity or length.   FROM OUR READERS Jim Harbaugh's offense remains a lightning rod for discussion surrounding Michigan football. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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