The Michigan football team remembers the losses it took in 2017. They were what inspired the now-infamous “Revenge Tour” comments Chase Winovich made last month — the fifth-year senior defensive end said he felt tired of losing in either one-sided or agonizing fashion.
Michigan’s 42-13 defeat at Penn State last year was both. Defensive coordinator Don Brown said he thought each day about the 42 points the Wolverines allowed. Winovich and his teammates, meanwhile, were irked by the Nittany Lions’ running up of the score late in the game.
Harbaugh started his weekly meeting with reporters on Monday with his standard fare: a limited update on injuries, compliments for his players and goals for the bye week — stuff that fills the morning sports pages but nothing that makes you blink twice. That was until 19 minutes in, when Harbaugh pulled a piece of paper out from his back pocket. He decided it was time to deliver the message he had come to give.