Har­baugh fires an­other salvo

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Michi­gan coach Jim Har­baugh was given an op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue his feud with Michi­gan State’s Mark Dan­to­nio on Thurs­day. And he didn’t punt. Har­baugh was in Tampa on Thurs­day for an Out­back Bowl event and was asked about Dan­to­nio’s com­ments af­ter learn­ing that the Spar­tans were headed to a lesser bowl, the Hol­i­day Bowl.

“I just look at it as an op­por­tu­nity to play in the Hol­i­day Bowl,” Dan­to­nio said Sun­day. “The records are what they are. I’ll just con­tinue to con­cen­trate on beat­ing Michi­gan and let things sort of sort out.”

Har­baugh and Dan­to­nio ex­changed shots on Twit­ter on Mon­day, and on Thurs­day Har­baugh fired an­other salvo:

“I didn’t un­der­stand how he dragged us into his frus­tra­tion about what bowl game he went to,” Har­baugh said about Dan­to­nio, to re­porter Justin Granit of 10News WTSP in Tampa. “I just pre­fer that he didn’t talk about us.”

Dan­to­nio’s Spar­tans play Washington State in the Hol­i­day Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 28.

Har­baugh’s Wolver­ines play South Carolina in the Out­back Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 1.

Wolver­ines-Ir­ish to open in prime-time

Michi­gan will open its 2018 foot­ball sea­son in prime-time at Notre Dame.

The Ir­ish, who on Thurs­day an­nounced kick­off times for their six home games next sea­son, will play Michi­gan on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broad­cast on NBC.

Michi­gan and Notre Dame last played in 2014, with the Ir­ish win­ning, 31-0, in Notre Dame Sta­dium. The teams have played 42 times since 1887 and each year from 200214.

This will be the long­est se­ries ab­sence since af­ter 1943 when the teams did not face each other again un­til 1978.

Har­baugh and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly are cred­ited for ini­ti­at­ing dis­cus­sions to re­sume the se­ries. The pro­grams an­nounced in July 2016 that they would re­sume the se­ries.

They will face each other Oct. 26, 2019, at Michi­gan Sta­dium.


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