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Harbaugh: No. 1 QB did not emerge in spring

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan quarterback John O'Korn is tackled by defensive end Lawrence Marshall during Michigan's spring game.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who did not speak at the post-spring game news conference, said Thursday on the Big Ten conference call that a No. 1 quarterback had not emerged for the Wolverines.

John O’Korn, Wilton Speight and Shane Morris are competing for the starting job.

“Haven’t decided that,” Harbaugh said when asked which quarterback had the better spring. “There’s so much that’s going to happen over the summer in terms of improvements you expect all our quarterbacks to make. We’ll want to gauge that when we come back to start practice in August -- who made the greatest amount of strides in those four months?”

More Harbaugh controversy?

Harbaugh will speak at the Paramus (N.J.) Catholic graduation on June 9, and that has drawn criticism from some.

Harbaugh landed from that school the nation’s No. 1 recruit, defensive lineman Rashan Gary, who will be in this graduation class. Safety / linebacker Jabrill Peppers, the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season, also attended Paramus Catholic and was coached by Chris Partridge, now the Wolverines’ linebackers coach.

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On Thursday, Harbaugh was asked about his decision to speak at the graduation and was told it has generated headlines.

“Has it created a lot of headlines?” Harbaugh asked.

He was told that it has, especially in New Jersey.

“I didn’t know that,” he said. “Why I said I would agree to speak as commencement speaker … I think the biggest thing is because I was asked. That was the most appealing thing, that they wanted me to do it and I was asked to do it. My default is usually, ‘Yes,’ when asked to do things.”

Paramus Catholic took to Twitter Wednesday night to defend its decision to have Harbaugh speak: “PC is proud to have Jim Harbaugh with us for graduation. We defend the honor of our school and president from the haters. Be heard!”

Meyer on texting, Take 2

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer clarified comments he made earlier in the week regarding the NCAA voting to allow unlimited texting to recruits.

“Actually saw some comments, ‘Meyer blasts NCAA,’” Meyer said. “I’ve never blasted the NCAA in my life. The NCAA is us. I’m not sure people get that. You’ll never hear me say that. It’s the member institutions, and my concern with the text messaging … a couple years ago they also made a terrible mistake and said unlimited mailing and graphics and things.

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“If it’s hard to monitor there’s an easy answer – hire more people to monitor it or get rid of the people breaking the rules. If it’s better for the student-athlete to have unlimited text messaging in their phones that you can’t block or stop people from doing – we all know the answer to that – that’s silly. No, it’s not better.

“But then I’ll hear coaches, ‘Well, it’s easier on the coaches.’ Who cares? That was my whole point. I’m not blasting the NCAA. I’m blasting the people that would make a decision because they think it’s easier to monitor or police, and it’s easier on the coaches. The only people that really should matter (are) the student-athletes, and to me, the high school coaches.”