Harbaugh still hot about spot vs. Illinois
Ann Arbor – Michigan beat Illinois 41-8 on Saturday but coach Jim Harbaugh is still upset over a fourth-quarter spot that didn’t go his way.
Near the end of the game, the Wolverines competed a third-down pass near the sideline, and officials spotted it two yards short of the first down. Harbaugh challenged the spot, but replay officials said the spot was correct.
“I’ve never seen a worse call,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more strange play.”
Harbaugh went for it on fourth down and converted, effectively ending the game.
It was suggested to Harbaugh on Monday that maybe refs let it go because of the score.
“Is that in the rulebook? I haven’t come across that rule,” Harbaugh said.
It is unclear whether freshman running back Chris Evans will be available for the Michigan State game. Evans suffered a concussion early in the Illinois game.
“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said Monday, when asked if Evans might return. “I think he’s doing good.”
Perry is back
Receiver Grant Perry, who did not dress for the Illinois game, held out for disciplinary reasons, was expected back to practice Monday.
Will Walker play?
Freshman running back Kareem Walker was in uniform last Saturday, but Harbaugh still expects he will redshirt. Walker was held out early this season so he could focus on academics.
“I think we’ll save the year,” Harbaugh said. “He’s practicing and doing a really nice job.”
A number of former Michigan and Michigan State players, in addition to ex-Spartans coach George Perles, will be featured in this week’s “Gridiron Grudges Series – Michigan-Michigan State” on SiriusXM. The one-hour special on Wednesday at 7 p.m. is narrated by Chris Childers.
The show will look at the history behind the rivalry. Among those interviewed were Wolverines Derrick Alexander, John Navarre and Matt Elliott, and Spartans Jim Miller, Tico Duckett and T.J. Duckett.