Harbaugh fires another salvo
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.