The Wolverine

August 2022*

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS THEY SAID IT APRIL 2022 THE WOLVERINE 17 PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN 2nd 2nd Is where Michigan's Jim Harbaugh stands on CBS Sports' ranking of the top Big Ten head football coaches. The only coach ahead of him is Ohio State's Ryan Day. Coming off the Wolverines' Big Ten title-winning season, Har- baugh surged up from his spot at No. 7 in last year's rankings. "Well, aren't we all just prison- ers of recency bias?" the site's Tom Fornelli wrote. "After the Wolverines had a disastrous COVID campaign in 2020, our voters ignored the first five years of Harbaugh's tenure at Michigan and assumed he'd forgotten how to coach. One Big Ten title and College Foot- ball Playoff appearance later, and he's back at No. 2 in the Big Ten and the top 10 of our Power Five coach rankings. The Wolverines lose a lot from last year's team but still enter the season as one of the biggest obstacles between Ohio State and a Big Ten title." $201.9 million $201.9 million Is the projected 2022-23 operating budget for the Mich- igan athletics department. Athletics director Warde Manuel projects a balanced budget based on operating expenses of the same number. The fiscal year began July 1. For the prior fiscal year, U-M projected a balanced budget based on operating revenues of $197.6 million and operating expenses of $197.6 million. "This is going to be a transformational experience, not a transactional experi- ence. What that literally means exactly is: We're not going to pay signing bonuses for players to come onto the team. We're not going to pay recruits to sign here. When they get here and they do well, they're going to profit pretty good here off of the jersey sales and other examples. Simply put, that's how I feel about it and what our policy is here. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's not the way to do it." — Jim Harbaugh on the "Jed Hughes Podcast" There's incredible excitement about this incoming freshman class, because the one thing that I've heard over and over again is that these kids, the ones that enrolled early, were stunningly prepared physically." — Michigan football radio play-by-play commentator and The Wolverine contributor Doug Karsch on the "TNT Wolverine" podcast The biggest thing I take from Jim is making sure you have a competitive environment every day. We're always competing every day against everybody. That's that mentality that I appreciate that I took with me and made sure that stayed when Jim left. We had different per- sonalities. We do different things. But I always appreciated the competitive spirit that Jim brought every day." — Stanford head coach David Shaw, a former Jim Harbaugh assistant, on U-M's head man Everybody at my [high] school kept telling me, 'You're never going to beat Ohio State when you go up there,' so I'm like, 'OK, when I'm on the field and we play Ohio State, I promise you I'm not losing that game.'" — Sophomore safety ROD MOORE, a Clayton, Ohio, native who tied for U-M's team lead with 9 tackles in the 42-27 win over Ohio State last November, on the "Blue By 90" podcast

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