Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:28pm
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh led the Wolverines to a 9-3 record in 2019.

Though some fans have called for his dismissal, both throughout the season and in the wake of Saturday’s loss to Ohio State, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s job is safe heading into next season, according to multiple sources close to the University who spoke to The Daily on condition of anonymity, as they were unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:11pm
The Michigan football team lost its eighth-straight game to Ohio State on Saturday.

When it all ended, when the blowout was codified and the Michigan football team was taking a never-ending walk up the tunnel, Ohio State ran to the nearest end zone. They linked arms and swayed, the band giving the music, a sea of fans clad in red — the only ones still left in Michigan Stadium — supplying the vocals to “Carmen Ohio.”

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 2:49pm

On Jim Harbaugh’s fifth try, on Michigan’s eighth since it last won this matchup and on a day that, for a moment, seemed to have all the ingredients, it wasn’t enough. Not nearly enough. And after another year of coming up short against Ohio State, it seems like it might never be.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 6:01pm
Shea Patterson started thinking about this year's Ohio State game when Michigan lost to the Buckeyes last year.

He was then asked if he had what it would mean to win on Saturday. And for the briefest of moments, before affirming his focus was just on the next day’s practice, Patterson peeled back the curtain.

“I have,” he said. “I have.”

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 2:33pm

Jim Harbaugh strode to the podium Monday afternoon. He tapped his fingers on the wood. He leaned forward, antsy.

These press conferences, none more so than before a big game, serve as exercises in obligation. Above all, Harbaugh wants to leave. To go back to coaching — to doing what he cares about — in the week he cares about it most. Usually, there’s barely time to project anything but dismissiveness.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:01pm
Michigan's defense allowed less than five yards per play against Indiana on Saturday.

After the promise of the game’s opening 20 minutes, Indiana ran into the same wall that befell Michigan State, Maryland and Notre Dame. In the end, Michigan won, 39-14, holding an offense that came into Saturday ranked top-15 in SP+ to less than five yards per play and next to no production after three opening drives that seemed to poke holes in a maize and blue facade.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:59pm
The Michigan football team's offense has begun to click over the last month.

Over the last month, as Michigan’s offense has rounded into shape — finally starting to look like the high-powered machine that was promised during the offseason and what it so plainly wasn’t during the season’s first five weeks — the explanations from the program have been simple.

Better execution. A lack of turnovers. The natural learning curve that comes with a new offense over the course of the season.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 9:49pm
The transition to a more up-tempo, spread offense has benefitted speedy receivers like freshman Giles Jackson.

Giles Jackson, then a four-star whose position in college was at question, committed last September. His skillset, based around speed, not size or technique, didn’t seem to fit into Jim Harbaugh and Pep Hamilton’s offense. To succeed as a receiver, Jackson would need to be put into open space, where he could make use of that skill set and pick up yardage after the catch. Gattis, of course, has built his offense around that very concept.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 3:12pm

There are separate repercussions on all sides for all of these games. Michigan football got a highlight in what seemed poised to be a lost season. Michigan hockey fell further back on its heels, then got kicked into the dirt. But this is not a platform to try and mix football and hockey analysis. It’s one to dissect a rivalry, and what it means to the people in it.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:20pm
Sophomore receiver Ronnie Bell had 150 yards on nine receptions in Michigan's 44-10 win over Michigan State..

As the Michigan football team returned to the sideline with the end zone covered in towels, a stadium rocking and the game in hand, Ronnie Bell had his helmet off. He was talking to Josh Gattis. It was the start of the fourth quarter and the Wolverines were leading by 24. Whatever advice was being given, it probably wasn’t urgent.