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4 THE WOLVERINE MAY 2020 THANK YOU Dear The Wolverine, Thank you John Borton for "pulling back the curtain" and detailing your per- sonal story (Wolverine Watch, April 2020). I applaud your openness and concur wholeheartedly with the views expressed regarding COVID-19. Working in a retirement community for the past 26 years, I know the value of our se- nior citizens. Simply put, in times of trouble, we must do the right thing to emerge victo- rious and ensure the greater good. Sports are important in our lives, but at what cost? As one whose immune system is sup- pressed, I approach these days with trepi- dation. To stem spread of the coronavirus there is a need for 100 percent compliance with the stringent guidelines laid out be- fore us. An adversary this threatening necessi- tates proceeding with great caution. Sure, it's a big inconvenience but there is no other option. Being a Michigan football season ticket holder since 1977, I long to be among the 109,901 seeing many more games. Never has adhering to the Michigan mantra, "The Team, The Team, The Team" been more important. We must all buy in and work together to stem this pandemic. Ed McArdle Saginaw, Mich. About two weeks after receiving the letter above, Mr. McArdle sent a follow-up email: Quick update. I've tested positive for COVID-19. The good news is I have di- rect admittance to the U-M Medical Center granted if/when my symptoms worsen due to being a transplant recipient. I'm only in day five and feel almost exactly how Mark Campbell so bravely detailed his bat- tle in the Free Press feature story. It is every- thing they say it is. God willing, I am still alive to read my letter when it is printed. Hopefully people continue to listen. There are some things more important than football. Be well. We hope you are doing well, Mr. McArdle. The entire family of The Wolverine is think- ing about you and all others affected by this unprecedented outbreak. May 2020 • Vol. 31, No. 10 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Writer EJ Holland Staff Writers Austin Fox, Drew Hallett Bob Miller, Clayton Sayfie Managing Editor Ryan Tice Contributing Editor Steve Downey Layout And Design Jeanette Blankenship Chris Miller Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photo Lon Horwedel and Michigan Photography Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Michelle Delee-Hamilton Customer Service Cathy Jones, Laura Thornton The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year (12 issues) subscription is $56.99. 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 2331, Durham, NC 27702. 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 2331 Durham, NC 27702 Or email: Letters may be edited for clarity or length.   FROM OUR READERS FROM OUR WEBSITE On grading Jim Harbaugh's ten- ure after five years … • I'd give it a B. I have been most disappointed by the bowl per- formances. Had U-M not been screwed in Columbus in 2016, things would also be a little more rosy. Jim did not inherit the best hand and did a great job those first couple of years. It's been somewhat disappointing since, especially with QB development. Cornell Blue • B+, which is great for stability of the program. Reality also has come to make me realize Michigan will never be a consistent top-10 or elite program. I think Harbaugh is perfect for the school and should retire in this job. tlydon • I could care less about bowl per- formances if Michigan beat OSU, won the Big Ten and went 12-1. It's fine by me if they get run off the field in the College Football Playoff or bowl game as long as it does not result in another three-loss season. I would take OSU's 2006 or 2019 seasons, or even MSU's 2015 sea- son, in a heartbeat despite losing bowl games as opposed to winning a bowl game but not winning the Big Ten nor beating OSU like we did in 2007 and 2015. jjohnson19951997 • A solid B. If Jabrill Peppers doesn't give up the cutback or the zebras make half a dozen calls correctly against OSU in 2016, he might be in A- or B+ territory at worst. But that's not the world we live in. Cal Varnsen • C+ or B-. He's not even shared a Big Ten championship, had a los- ing bowl record, is 0-5 against Ohio State and is not following his own mantra of meritocracy (example: WR position). maj.mills • C+ or B-. There's just nothing special at all about his five years

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