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  • Jim Harbaugh gave the most Jim Harbaugh answer ever at B1G media days

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    Without a doubt the most anticipated arrival at Big Ten media days — heck, any media days — was new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Not only does Harbaugh have a resume that dwarfs most of his competition, he has a reputation for giving zany quotes.

    Like this one.

    Well, there you go. Here’s hoping this becomes the new “Tim Beckman wishing his mother happy birthday” of annual Big Ten media days memes.

    Other highlights from Harbaugh’s 15 minutes at the podium:

  • Video: The Boise State coaching staff goes through a “confidence course” with local firefighters

    Bryan Harsin and his coaching staff visited with the Boise State fire department for a firefighting crash course built to test them mentally and physically.

    Harsin and his staff were equipped with all the customary firefighter gear and went into a simulated house fire where they had to put out the fire, perform a search and rescue of a “person” trapped inside the building, and then get that person out after a simulated roof collapse that forced them to change course.

    “Everything that we do, when we roll up to a fire, based on that first company officer’s initial report, it sets the play that we use in motion” one firefighter explained to the Boise State coaching staff before they geared up.

    It looked to be an eye opening experience for the staff, and while football and firefighting may have a few similarities, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan helps to keep it all in perspective at the end of the clip.

    “Just like football, our firefighters are training each and every day so that they can just react, and they have a slight deck of things in their mind and they know what to do. In football, if you miss a block, or you make a bad play, or you don’t do your job, someone scores a touchdown and you may lose the game.”

    “As firefighters, if they make a mistake, if they don’t sweep the building, they might not find a person. It’s literally life and death at stake for them. So while there are some similarities, there are also some differences. The stakes are really, really high for the firefighters.”

  • Friday’s One Minute Warm Up

    To get your blood moving:

    – Media days, everyone.

    – Things aren’t looking good for the Olympics in 2016 or 2022. Yeesh, IOC.

    – One thousand people play the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” at once.

    – If you ever read “Friday Night Lights,” you owe it to yourself to read this piece revisiting the six Panthers that defined the book 25 years later written by author Buzz Bissinger.

    – Watching two little girls perform a judo fight reminds me of my offensive line days.

    In Case You Missed It:

    – Urban Meyer detailed the when, how and why he’ll choose a starting quarterback.

    – Todd Graham says after three years at Arizona State he no longer gets asked by recruits if he’s sticking around in Tempe.

    – Speaking of Arizona State, their new Adidas unis aren’t bad.

    – The Tennessee-Vanderbilt rivalry needs your help choosing a nickname.

    – Art Briles appeared on Dan Le Batard’s TV show and was obsessed with his father Papi.

    Up Today:

    Big Ten and Pac-12 media days continue in Chicago and LA.

     

  • Video of the Day – Mississippi State gets ready for fall camp

    Video of the Day

    Monday July 31, 2015

    Mississippi State gets ready for fall camp

  • Urban details the when, how and why of how he’ll choose a starting quarterback

    Ohio State QBs

    Ohio State kicks off its national title defense at Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on Labor Day evening. Depending on whether or not the Buckeyes receive the opening kickoff, Urban Meyer will reveal his choice of starting quarterback to the world somewhere between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m.

    “The first guy that jogs out at Blacksburg,” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days Thursday in Chicago, “will be the starting quarterback.”

    In the most talked-about (non-Harbaugh division) storyline of the off-season – and, heck, Chris Fowler brought it up during Ohio State’s national title win over Oregon in January – the how and why are just as important as the who. “You’re talking about two to three very invested people and incredible families,” Meyer admitted. And as such, he and his staff owe those involved and their scarlet-clad teammates a detailed and well-reasoned explanation as to who sits and who plays opening night in Blacksburg.

    “So, basically, we’re keeping score of everything. And everything, obviously, multiplied when you start adding 7-on-7 mini field, third-down periods, and all that,” Meyer said, admitting Braxton Miller made things easier on himself, offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck by taking himself out of the running.

    While charting will provide the science to the decision, Meyer admitted there’s also some art to it. In the spring the three-time national champion alluded to using only statistics to make a decision, but he backed off that statement Thursday, saying intangibles will also play into it. And how could they not?

    “It’s got to be both,” Meyer told Fox Sports. “I was on the sideline with those kids. It’s how they performed last year, how they performed in the summer, and then we’re going to chart everything throughout training camp. It’s going to be an accumulation of all that information and then we’ll make a decision.”

    “I’ve see Cardale Jones on fourth-and-1 against Oregon launch himself as he’s looking at the first down marker. That’s buried in my brain. I’ve also seen J.T. Barrett with a second-degree MCL sprain at Penn State, look at me and say, ‘I’m not coming out of the game.'”

    “They’re all embedded, and I just have to make the decision.”

    He’s got 39 days to do it – and counting.