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Former Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis charged with misdemeanor domestic assault

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Former Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis has been charged with pushing his girlfriend, dragging her and putting his hand to her throat, culminating in misdemeanor domestic assault charges.

According to an Ann Arbor police deport obtained by Land of 10, officers were called early Wednesday morning after Lewis and his live-in girlfriend got in an argument over who pays the bills at their apartment. He began throwing pillows and a blanket at her when, after moving to the closet, he grabbed the woman by the hair, dragged her, grabbed her by the neck and held her to the floor “for about three seconds.”  (Officers on the scene did not see visible marks on her neck.)

“When asked if Lewis had grabbed (the woman’s) throat he stated that he may have grabbed it while trying to get her off him but had no intentions to hurt (her),” the police report said. “Lewis stated at no time was he trying to assault (her), he was trying to leave.”

Police located Lewis near the Wolverines’ football offices and arrested him, but did not pursue charges. After reviewing police files, but the prosecutor reversed that decision the next day. Lewis pleaded not guilty. The charges carry maximum penalties of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Lewis was a consensus All-American in 2016 and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back. In 48 career games, Lewis collected 133 tackles, six interceptions, 8.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble during his time in maize and blue.

“It’s sad that somebody would want to control you so bad they would ruin your life over it,” Lewis tweeted hours after the incident, but later deleted the message.

He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on April 12. The NFL Draft begins April 27.

Michigan gives six-figure salaries to two non-coaching staff members

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is already the highest paid head coach in college football and it seems the school is sparing no expense when it comes to his staff either.

Mlive.com obtained the offer letters for three new staff members and interestingly two of them will make a whopping six-figures as part of two-year deals with the school.

Former Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa was brought on board in Ann Arbor as a “senior defensive analyst” and will be paid $150,000 in base salary as part of his two-year deal. A bit of staff shuffling resulted in the need for a new director of player personnel for the Wolverines this offseason and they’ll pay a pretty big price as Sean Magee will fill that role for a cool $200,000 a year over two seasons.

About the only one not cashing in is new offensive analyst Scott Turner, who will make $50,000 on a one year deal. MLive notes that the reason the recent NFL offensive coordinator isn’t receiving a hefty salary right now could be because he is in line to become a 10th on-field coach if the NCAA approves a new rule adding the position.

With new Big Ten television deals and plenty of cash in the school’s coffers, it’s probably not surprising to see the Wolverines pay big bucks on the football staff as they compete with the Alabama’s and Clemson’s of the sport. Still, such a report only further underscores there’s a bit of a gap between the have’s and the have-nots’ in college football in this area.

Jim Harbaugh compared Tom Crean’s firing to his time with 49ers

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Just as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was tipping off on Thursday, Indiana announced it had fired head basketball coach Tom Crean. Such a move was largely expected given the way this past season played out and now Indiana will have a new football and basketball coach in 2017. The Crean dismissal has been a bit of a discussion point while the tournament has been going on, and among those sounding off on the head coaching change in Bloomington is… Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

At first you may think that seems kind of odd that a football coach at one Big Ten school would have any reason to discuss a basketball coach at another Big Ten school being dismissed, but Crean is Harbaugh’s brother-in-law, so Harbaugh has a personal reason to be critical of the Indiana decision. In a story for Sports Illustrated by Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh compared his personal experience with the San Francisco 49ers with what he sees his brother-in-law going through this week at Indiana.

Jim Harbaugh looks at Crean’s Indiana tenure and says, “much like my situation in San Francisco, the people that are doing the micromanaging … when it comes to building a ball team, what they know could not blow up a small balloon. In my case, an owner and a general manager. In his case, an administration. They are so similar in that way. And he still wins two Big Ten championships outright.”

If this quote tells us anything, it is that the head coach of the Wolverines still has some bitter feelings for his old bosses with the 49ers. Harbaugh took the 49ers to a Super Bowl and nearly captured a Super Bowl championship, but he was topped by the Baltimore Ravens, coached by his brother John Harbaugh. The other Harbaugh brother had some choice words to say about Indiana’s situation as well, telling Crean the day he was let go will prove to be the best day of his career.

One might suggest Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers parting ways ended up being the best day of his career. Now, Harbaugh is the highest-paid coach in college football and coaching his alma mater back to national relevance as he enters his third year on the sideline. Crean will certainly land a new job somewhere, but he may not be the next highest-paid coach in the sport.

Helmet sticker to The Comeback.

LOOK: Mike Gundy, mullet in full flow, wrangling a rattlesnake

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Is Mike Gundy looking to challenge Jim Harbaugh as the interesting offseason college football coach in the world? Maybe not intentionally, but that’s exactly what he’s doing.

Wearing a wrestling singlet, The Mulletted One stumped via video for fans to show up for Oklahoma State’s 1-2 wrestling matchup with Penn State in the middle of last month.  A month later, the Cowboys head coach is becoming one with nature — and one of its most dangerous and deadly venomous reptiles.

On a completely unrelated note, the 2017 college football season officially kicks off in 162 days. Exactly one week later, OSU opens the new season at home in Stillwater against Tulsa.

Plan the remainder of your offseason accordingly.

Jim Harbaugh one of three elected to Senior Bowl Hall of Fame

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Three decades after playing in the game, Jim Harbaugh is being forever immortalized by the preeminent college football all-star game.

The Senior Bowl announced Thursday that Harbaugh is one of three players to be inducted into the game’s 29th Hall of Fame class.  The Michigan head coach will be joined in this year’s class by former Ball State Cardinal and NFL safety Blaine Bishop and former Arizona Wildcat and NFL linebacker Lance Briggs.

Harbaugh played in the 1987 version of the Senior Bowl before he was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears.

“Jim Harbaugh’s love of competition was displayed on the field during his playing days at Michigan and over his 15 years in the National Football League,” a statement from Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage began. “Now, he is recognized as one of the best coaches in the game, having achieved noteworthy success at both the college and professional levels.”

Both Harbaugh and Briggs spent extensive time with the Bears, the former for seven years (1987-93) and the latter for all 12 years of his NFL career (2003-14).  Bishop spent nine of his 10 years in the NFL with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1993-2001).  He finished off his time in the NFL in 2002 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

That trio pushes the total number of Senior Bowl Hall of Famers to 114.  To put that into perspective, more than 5,000 players have played in the senior Bowl since its inception nearly seven decades ago.