ESPN GameDay signs for Oct. 21

College Football GameDay Signs Jim HarbaughTaking a look around at ESPN’s College GameDay signs from State College, Pa., for the Michigan-Penn State game (NSFJH — Not Safe for Jim Harbaugh).

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Harbaugh: No Obamas ‘this year’ at Michigan game

Obama, HarbaughMichigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in June that he was planning to ion inviting President Barack Obama and wife Michele to be honorary captains for a Michigan home game.

But this week he said wasn’t going to happen … this season.

“The President and the First Lady both were as gracious as they could be,” Harbaugh said in a radio interview by way of the Detroit News. “They worked very hard to try to come. They’re not going to be able to, unfortunately, make it this year.”

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ICYMI: First look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

Al Pacino Joe PaternoHBO released a photo of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in the upcoming movie, “Happy Valley,” about the child sex abuse scandal surrounding Paterno’s former assistant, Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of sexual abuse while conducting camps on the Penn State campus. Authorities say Paterno was aware of the crimes, perhaps even as far back as the 1990s.

Paterno died from complications from lung cancer in 2012.

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Osborne: Other teams have expressed interest in joining Big Ten

Former Nebraska football coach and athletic director Tom Osborne says he has been approached by other teams expressing “interest” in joining the Big Ten.

Osborne didn’t mention the teams that contacted him, but the alleged buzzards circling around the Big 12 headquarters might give a hint (Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas have been rumored to be inquiring about a jump to the Big Ten for several months).

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Harbaugh wants to invite Obamas to be captains

ObamaSo President Barack Obama might be an honorary captain for a Michigan home game. Michele Obama, too.

It’s getting to a point where you can’t say anything is out of the ordinary when it involves Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

ESPN reports that after spending some time with the former first family, Harbaugh said he will ask them to serve as honorary captains for a game this season.

 

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Recruiting too early? Hawaii pleads the fifth-grader

fifth-graderThere are things that happen in college football that baffle the rational mind. I mean, I just don’t get it.

Here’s some recent examples …

Maybe Hawaii isn’t smarter than a fifth-grader: I say that because even a fifth-grader wouldn’t offer another fifth-grader a scholarship to a FCS program.

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UPDATE: 2017 Big Ten schedule

Big Ten logoThe 2017 regular season begins in less than 100 days, but it’s never too early to check out the schedule.

The Big Ten highlight for Week 1 will be Saturday’s match-up between Michigan and Florida on ABC. In Week 2, there are a couple of big non-conference games as Ohio State plays host to Oklahoma and Nebraska is at Oregon.

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No bull: Harbaugh helps deliver a calf

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been on the move a lot this year.

This weekend he was on the moo-ve as he helped deliver a calf.

In a story from Yardbarker.com (via Sportsnaut), Harbaugh was visiting a farm in Indiana when the blessed event occurred. The photos were posted on Twitter.

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VOTE: Would you swap Jim Harbaugh for Nick Saban?

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What if Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh swapped jobs?
If you believe that Nick Saban is the greatest coach in college football today, you’re either an Alabama fan or you pay attention to facts.

Saban has led a team to a five national championships since 2003 (LSU after 2003 regular season; Alabama after 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 regular seasons).

He started at LSU in 2000 and led the Tigers to the title in 2003 (game in 2004). He started at Alabama at 2007 and led the Tide to a title after 2009 season. Granted those are two schools alway have a lot of talent, but that is still quick work. And Alabama has been consistently among the top 5 recruiting schools since he has been there.

He’s done so well that a few years ago Saban reportedly turned down a lucrative offer Texas. He later denied it and said, “I’m just too damn old to start over somewhere else.”

But what if, for the 2017 season, Saban indeed started over with a new school? In fact, what if you traded him with the coach from another team? Which team would win a national title first?

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So who really owns college football?

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour boldly wrote that because he now seems to have a sense of humor and is a bit looser, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh “owns college football.”

Unfortunately, when you write a statement like that, the Internet will soon own you.

Many fans — and pundits — have been mercilessly chiding Armour, regardless of her rationale. Most of the heat has come from Alabama and Ohio State fans, who claim Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, respectively, own college football.

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