Michigan-South Carolina gutter talk: ‘Glad it happened’
Tampa, Fla. — After the Michigan and South Carolina teams bowled against each other earlier this week, players from both teams got heated and started trash-talking.
Michigan sophomore linebacker Devin Bush was asked Friday after practice why it started.
“Just people thinking they better than the next person,” he said. “People have different opinions about things.”
Bush said that feistiness will carry over into the Outback Bowl on Monday.
“Most definitely,” Bush said. “I’m actually glad it happened. It makes the game that (much) more exciting.”
Seeing defensive coordinator Don Brown’s mustache dyed orange is among the most anticipated of those dying their hair blond for the Outback Bowl, part of a fund-raiser spearheaded by defensive end Chase Winovich to raise money for the ChadTough Foundation.
As of Friday evening, more than $166,000 has been raised, far beyond the initial goal of $15,000 Winovich had set because his jersey number is 15. Brown indicated through Winovich that if $125,000 was raised, he would dye his mustache orange.
“It’s a great cause,” Brown said Friday. “Obviously, it’s a tremendous cause, and I’m not quite sure how I ended up in the middle of it, but it’s all good.”
Linebacker Devin Bush said he would dye his hair if $100,000 was raised. Bush isn’t quite sure how he will dye his. He had dreadlocks and might dye every other or do one or several.
Maurice Hurst set the mark at $73,000 since his jersey number is 73. He will dye his mohawk orange.
“I’ll probably keep it and see what happens,” said Hurst, who joined the cause to raise funding for research into the rare pediatric tumor that took Chad Carr, the son of Michigan alums Tammi and Jason Carr. He was the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and All-American defensive back Tom Curtis.
“I saw what Chase was doing, I was like, ‘Eh, whatever, get 73,000 I’ll dye my hair, too,’ and then it just blew up,” Hurst said. “I knew it was at 15, so I was like, people are going to stop donating now so I was like, ‘All right, let me make it 73,’ and people started pouring the money in. I went to practice and came out and it jumped like 15,000, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m definitely dying my hair once the bowl game gets started.’
“We brought it to coach Brown. He was like, ‘Ah, 125,000,’ and then it jumps up to 125,000. It’s just been such a great experience. Just getting to talk to the family and how much it meant to them. They wrote me and Chase a lot of messages about how tough it is around Christmastime, just thinking about your kids and stuff like that made everything a lot better knowing we were helping them out and we were trying to do something to help more kids.”
Giving dad props
Bush has been on the field for the last two seasons, and now his father, Devin Bush Sr., might be making a return to the sidelines next season. The former Flanagan (Florida) coach has been a defensive analyst at Michigan, and during bowl practices has been interim safeties coach.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on Thursday called it an “extended job interview.”
“It’s cool to see him back out there being active, talking, coaching,” the younger Bush said. “I know that’s what he wants.”
His teammates said they like being coached by Bush.
“They love him,” Bush Jr. said. “He hard on them. He always going to be hard on him, but they love his energy.”