Jim Harbaugh, Michigan must make Big Ten breakthrough with top-ranked class

first_imgMichigan has the nation’s No. 8 recruiting class. More importantly, it has the top class in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007.Now, it’s on fifth-year coach Jim Harbaugh to use this class to get the Wolverines back to the top of the conference for the first time since 2004. As far as a timetable to deliver those expectations, you can start that four-year clock now. The Wolverines can’t be expected to do all that in the next five years, but a Big Ten championship and CFP appearance aren’t out of the question for a program with expectations of getting back to the top. That starts with closing that gap with Ohio State, and landing the top class in the Big Ten is a start.When will you know if Harbaugh has done that?Check back here in four years. MORE: Zach Harrison to OSU shows Michigan still has ground to coverIs that fair? Shouldn’t Harbaugh be on the hot seat now? After all, the Wolverines are 0-4 against rival Ohio State under his tenure, the last loss an embarrassing 62-39 blowout at Ohio Stadium that preceded another flop in the Peach Bowl against Florida. Harbaugh is 1-9 against top-10 teams. You will hear that all day, every day until the opener against Middle Tennessee State on Aug. 31 — and probably after that, too.What do the last four years mean for Harbaugh’s job security and the direction of the program? Not much.Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel continues to support Harbaugh at every opportunity. Harbaugh has not interviewed for NFL jobs since coming to Michigan, despite constant speculation he might head in that direction. Those four years were spent trying to bridge the gap with Ohio State, which had the top recruiting class in the Big Ten every under Urban Meyer from 2012-18.There is still a talent gap between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and that was the reason for the freakout after Michigan hauled in the nation’s No. 22 class — according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings — in 2018.Harbaugh has elevated Michigan’s talent with the last four cycles, which have produced an average national ranking of 10.8 and Big Ten ranking of 2.0. That’s better than the four cycles under Brady Hoke from 2012-15, which produced average ranks of 16.8 nationally and 2.8 in the Big Ten. From 2009-11, Rich Rodriguez’s classes had average ranks of 19 nationally and 3.0 in the Big Ten.Harbaugh has brought the recruiting back to where Lloyd Carr had it. Michigan had the No. 1 class in the Big Ten in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.The 2001 class — led by Braylon Edwards — were were part of a run that included back-to-back Big Ten championships in 2003-04.The 2003 class featured five-stars LaMarr Woodley and Prescott Burgess. The 2004 class featured five-star quarterback Chad Henne. They were part of teams that were Big Ten contenders, but couldn’t beat Ohio State on the field. Carr’s last No. 1 class featured five-star quarterback Ryan Mallett, who transferred to Arkansas when Rodriguez took over.The recruiting wasn’t the same again until Harbaugh arrived. Harbaugh has brought that kind of talent back to Michigan. Devin Bush, Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich will be part of a strong 2019 NFL Draft class. This year’s recruiting class features defensive end Chris Hinton and safety Daxton Hill.There’s less fanfare, too. The days of the Signing of the Stars are over. Other than a social media video that played off the old sitcom “Family Matters,” there wasn’t much promotion for this class — Harbaugh’s most important class to date.MORE: Michigan ‘has to win’ for next chapter of OSU rivalry to startWhat do the next four years mean for Harbaugh’s job security and the direction of the program? Everything.Meyer retired and was replaced by first-year coach Ryan Day. The Wolverines have lost seven in a row and 14 of the last 15 meetings to the Buckeyes. Michigan last beat a ranked Ohio State team 35-21 in Ann Arbor on Nov. 22, 2003. It’s not a coincidence that came after two No. 1 Big Ten recruiting classes in three years.This is the breakthrough Harbaugh must make with the help of this class. Michigan is 38-14 under Harbaugh, which is the eighth-best record among Power 5 schools, behind only Alabama (55-4), Clemson (55-4), Ohio State (48-6), Oklahoma (46-8), Wisconsin (42-12), Georgia (42-13) and Stanford (40-14).Michigan is still looking for a breakthrough that would change its big-game reputation. It’s the same breakthrough Clemson made under Dabo Swinney, who was 47-20 from 2009-13 and had to break a five-game losing streak to South Carolina. The Tigers are 65-7 with two national championships in the last five years — and have a five-game win streak over the rival Gamecocks.last_img read more

Wellington Middle School to host community book fair Oct. 21-27

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Clear Lake police identify hit-and-run driver, investigation continues

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake Police Department says their investigation continues into a hit-and-run accident that they were asking for the public’s help in identifying a possible suspect.The Police Department on Wednesday posted on social media about the hit-and-run that happened in the Surf Ballroom parking lot on the evening of July 4th, with video of the incident.Police Chief Pete Roth says after they received several tips, they were able to identify the driver of the vehicle. Roth says they appreciate the public’s assistance in the matter.He says the driver’s name is being withheld at this time pending any charges being filed. We need your help.We are looking for any information about a hit and run crash that occurred in the Surf parking lot on July 4, 2019, around 9:22 pm.If you have any information, please call 641-357-2186 or email police@cityofclearlake.org. pic.twitter.com/W54uNzgfPg— Clear Lake Police (@clearlakeiapd) July 10, 2019last_img read more

Time for dunkin’ Darby

first_img“It was a surprise I got selected,” said Darby, a native of Pacoima. “It’s 300-something schools and a lot of guys that can get picked. I’m going to try to put on a good show, not only for people at Long Beach State, but my high school and everybody who knows me.” Darby is 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and a powerful leaper, but he also has handicaps to overcome. Namely, his hands. The classic Dr. J dunk – taking off at the free-throw line – or Michael Jordan’s iconic splay-legged, tongue-wagging, one-hander? Darby’s hands are so small, he can only palm certain basketballs. “He always has to cradle the ball with two hands,” Coopman said. “He can’t handle it like a grapefruit like Michael Jordan.” Because he needed two hands to dunk, he also got in the habit of dunking off two feet. “I can’t jump off one foot real good,” Darby said. “I’d have to say my dunking is weird, a little unorthodox. I never really tried dunking off one foot and I never got accustomed to it.” Another place Darby has jumped in with both feet is the classroom. Ineligible under Proposition 48 standards, Darby saw any hope of going to USC or Seton Hall – his first two choices – dashed. He also had to sit out his freshman season, when the 49ers were 5-22. “Before I ever started playing, I wanted to transfer to Fullerton or Pepperdine,” Darby said. “My aunt told me it’s a good school and I decided to stay. It turned out real good in the end.” He had a 3.7 grade-point average as a freshman, earned his lost year back by staying on track academically, and is taking the two classes he needs to graduate in May with a degree in communications. “It feels good to make it this far – I’m the only one in my family who ever went to a university,” Darby said. Things also worked out well in basketball. He was chosen for the All-Big West freshman team in 2004, and was a key role player for the 49ers this year as they won the Big West Conference regular-season and tournament titles and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. If his athletic ability catches anyone’s eyes, he’ll continue in basketball. But he’d like to go into broadcasting. “I want to work my way up from the bottom,” Darby said. “I’d like to be like Charles Barkley, except I’m not trying to be mayor or governor.” Even if it’s no slam dunk. billy.witz@dailynews.com (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Louis Darby is still formulating his game plan, but when he takes the floor tonight in Atlanta for dunking portion of the 19th Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, he promises to do something to get the judges’ attention. “Maybe I’ll try to find a celebrity and jump over them,” Darby said. “I’ve got a couple of tricks in my bag to wow the crowd.” Darby’s best trick may have been simply getting to Atlanta. The Sylmar High graduate is the first 49er to ever participate in the event. Darby managed to wrangle an invitation despite his rather pedestrian role as a sixth man who – judging from his 5.3per game scoring average – didn’t dunk all that often. As it turned out, half the trouble of being invited was asking. “Louis asked us toward the end of the season how they pick the guys for the dunk contest,” said Scott Coopman, the Long Beach State basketball team’s video coordinator and administrative assistant. “I didn’t know, so I called and they said this phone call is your nomination.” One day after practice, Coopman took a video camera out to the court and Darby, sometimes using teammates as props, laid out his best work. There’s the basic windmill, a between-the-legs, a leap over teammates and one where he stands behind the basket, tosses the ball off the back of the backboard, catches it and then twists into a 180-degree turn and dunks the ball. Coopman took those dunks, along with several during the season – including an alley-oop against UC Irvine – and put them on a DVD that he set to music and sent to the event’s promoter. Earlier this month, Darby was notified he’d been selected as one of eight contestants, along with Weber State’s David Patten, who began his career at Pepperdine. USC’s Eshaya Murphy and UCLA’s Noelle Quinn will participate in the women’s three-point shooting contest. The event will be televised tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPN, and shown again throughout the weekend. last_img read more