In weird Big Ten news, and there’s a fair amount this week, Jim Harbaugh hates chicken.
Buried deep in a Bleacher Report article that’s actually a nice read about Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, the former Michigan (and current UCLA) quarterback Wilton Speight shared a story defining “The Harbaugh Experience”. And it’s more than just hating chicken: it’s almost tinfoil-hat wearing territory.
According to Speight, who was giving his definition of "The Harbaugh Experience", Harbaugh told him not to eat chicken, a meat that’s considered fairly safe to eat by nutritionists. When he asked Harbaugh why, the coach responded "because it's a nervous bird.”
Speight continued: “He thinks some type of sickness injected its way into the human population when people began eating white meats instead of beef and pork,” Speight says. “And he believes it, 100 percent.”
Mmmmmmhmmm. Ok. I mean, pork is technically a white meat, but.
In other Jim Harbaugh news, there’s a beef...
... (and I don't mean cow meat) from last year that may have been resolved between Harbaugh and Purdue over the unairconditioned visiting team locker room at Purdue.
To jog your memory, the Michigan Wolverines had to deal with uncomfortable locker room conditions during their win over the Purdue Boilermakers in September 2017, when temperatures were boiling hot in the 90s, resulting in some strong comments by Coach Harbaugh. The coach called the locker room not “sanitary” and stated that many schools are making a “conscious effort of gamesmanship that is unsportsmanlike when you have locker rooms that … are not heated or cooled properly.”
Purdue responded at the time that the Wolverines knew about the unairconditioned locker rooms months in advance and stated that they’d offered some suggestions about how the team could request temporary accommodations.
As a result, Harbaugh should be happy to know that Purdue is now installing air conditioning in the standalone visiting locker room at Ross-Ade Stadium to help cool him off the next time he visits.
Finally, the Daily Collegian wrote up an article ranking the Big Ten running backs in which Miles Sanders is only ranked third (behind Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins).
Moving on to more positive reads…
Penn State's representatives for Big Ten Media days won the week, in my view.
The trio of Penn State players who represented the Nittany Lions for Big Ten Media Days: quarterback Trace McSorley, safety Nick Scott and cornerback Amani Oruwariye - were not only among the best dressed but most well spoken. Check out a video from Penn State on the trio and coach James Franklin and see Penn Live’s extensive behind-the-scenes photo gallery. And see the BigTen Network video below.
Finally, Penn State’s offensive line is looking more like it will be a bright spot for 2018.
No surprise here. Could 2018 finally be the year that the line turns the corner? Centre Daily Times shares their story and quotes from Coach Franklin why this is the year for the offensive line: their returners are stronger, experienced and healthy plus their backups are solid, talented and deep.
Can't get any better than that.