What did Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer and Bill Belichick have to say?: Big Ten quotes of the week
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, left, talks with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during pro day at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Spring practice is hurtling toward its end with an assortment of spring games this month and a certain team heading overseas to finish the session. Here’s a look at what an assortment of Big Ten figures had to say this week.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to his players during the NCAA college football team’s spring game Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was featured in Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People” issue, and the magazine turned to Kaepernick’s former professional coach to write on the now controversial player. Harbaugh praised Kaepernick for his courage in protesting after initially saying he disagreed with Kaepernick’s actions.
“Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.
“I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.”
Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers (1), defended by Notre Dame cornerback Shane Walton, lands with one foot in the endzone for a touchdown at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Sept. 21, 2002. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The Lansing State Journal’s Cody J. Tucker wrote a lengthy piece this week about former Michigan State wide receiver Charles Rogers. Rogers was one of the best players in the country during his time in East Lansing and seemed destined for success in the pros. But injuries helped derail his career, and he fell off the map. Speaking with Tucker, Rogers detailed the first time he returned to Michigan State after a lengthy absence from the Spartans.
“It was a beautiful thing. It took so much off my shoulders, man. The joy I felt to see everybody, and no one throwing judgment on you was like I never left. I was just touched. I was in tears, man. I was really crying. Just the shit I have been through, I didn’t know how they would respond to me.”
“They said, ‘MSU is your home. You are always welcome.’”
(via Lansing State Journal)
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is seen during the Michigan spring football game, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The Wolverines head to Rome later this month for the conclusion of their spring practice. Then, many of the team’s players are fanning out around the world to continue other study-abroad programs. Wangler, a linebacker, is heading to Iceland to study “Norse fables and contemporary fairy tales and the art of creative writing.” It’s an opportunity for the players to take advantage of the unique opportunity put in front of them by coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Honestly, I didn’t know much of it. I actually thought it was a big glacier. I thought it was so far north. I learned vikings named it Iceland so that everyone wouldn’t go to it because it’s so pretty. The culture looks amazing. I’m excited. Get a cool learning experience.”
(via The Detroit News)
Maryland defensive back William Likely gets set for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 31-15. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Terrapins cornerback Will Likely left a big impact on the Maryland program with his play. And now his legacy will continue in College Park after he moves on. Savage, a junior defensive back, will take over Likely’s No. 4 on the field this season.
“Even when I was a freshman and he was a junior, he always told me, ‘Don’t try to be like me; try to be better than me. He just pushes me to be better and not really think about anything. Just play.”
(via The Diamondback)