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Jim Harbaugh says he's not leaving Michigan, keeps up 'enemies' talk, calls opposing coaches 'jive turkeys'


Jim Harbaugh says he's not leaving Michigan, keeps up 'enemies' talk, calls opposing coaches 'jive turkeys'

Jim Harbaugh wants it to be clear: He's not bolting Ann Arbor for the NFL.

The Michigan head coach plainly said Tuesday that he's not even considering leaving the Wolverines for an NFL job.

Harbaugh raised more than a few eyebrows earlier Tuesday night, telling his team that recent rumors connecting him to the vacant head-coaching job with the Los Angeles Rams are "lies made up by our enemies."

As paranoid as that sounds, Harbaugh stuck with the line at Michigan's team awards ceremony, doubling down with another head-scratcher, suggesting the NFL rumors are the work of college coaches recruiting against him and his program — coaches he refers to as "jive turkeys."

"A lot of this talk is coming from our enemies," Harbaugh said, his quotes published by "From coaches who, and you know the names. You probably know the names of the top three that I'm referring to. They like to say (I'm leaving) to the media, they like to tell that to recruits and their families to try to manipulate them into going into another school besides Michigan.

"But we know them as jive turkeys."

OK, coach.

Negative recruiting was a subject broached earlier this year, when Penn State head coach James Franklin seemed to accuse coaches in the conference of using the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal to convince recruits not to go to Penn State. Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio both denied such practices when asked about Franklin's comments at Big Ten media days in July.

So who are the three "jive turkeys" Harbaugh is referring to? Guess away.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.