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Harbaugh defends brother in face of Michigan controversy


Harbaugh defends brother in face of Michigan controversy

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh jumped on the opportunity Wednesday to support his brother, University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. 

Some prominent college coaches, including Nick Saban of Alabama and Dan Mullen of Mississippi St., have criticized Harbaugh for holding 11 satellite football camps this spring in seven states. Saban and Mullen view the camps as a recruiting advantage for the University of Michigan.

However, Harbaugh has defended his right to bring quality camps to high school players. Now the Ravens’ coach is defending his brother. 


“My thoughts on my brother’s camps across the country?,” said Harbaugh, repeating a question asked after Ravens’ practice on Wednesday. “I like that question. I think he’s spot on. I think he’s right on. It’s America, isn’t that what he said today? In our America, we’re allowed to cross state lines. Think about it. What are we arguing against? An opportunity for young athletes to take a look at colleges from other parts of the country? Especially those that aren’t from socioeconomic situations where they can travel all over the country to look at schools?

“I can take my daughter to any school in the country, look at the campus, and talk to the coaches. How many kids get a chance to do that? So if we’re arguing against that, we’re arguing against America.”

Harbaugh was smiling after his answer, but the message was clear. One of the biggest supporters of Michigan’s current head coach is the Ravens’ head coach.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.