Thursday, June 20, 2024

Every Saturday night, Ari Wasserman and David Ubben react to the weekend’s slate of games on “Until Saturday.” On Mondays, they revisit the biggest takeaway from Saturday night’s instant reaction. This week: Ari commends Michigan for its big win over Penn State but makes it clear that no one is feeling sorry for the Wolverines.

Most of us have seen the brief clip of Sherrone Moore breaking down on the field during his postgame interview following Michigan’s win at Penn State on Saturday afternoon. It was intense.

In case you haven’t, the Michigan offensive coordinator-turned-acting head coach started bawling on television. He began by thanking God, then proceeded to profess his love to Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh — with the help of a few F-Bombs. Moore thanked university president Santa Ono, athletic director Warde Manuel, his players and the school’s alumni. But the most pointed message was directed at Harbaugh.

“I f—— love you, man,” Moore said to Harbaugh through the television cameras. “I love the s— out of you, man. We did this for you.”

It’s understandable why Moore would be so emotional. He was thrust into this role for the second time this year, and this time it was done at the 11th hour. Michigan was on the plane to State College when the news broke that Harbaugh would be suspended amid this cheating probe. The Wolverines were playing on the road against a one-loss Penn State team still trying to claw its way into the Big Ten Championship Game.

Despite all of that, Michigan unequivocally proved it was the better team and handed Penn State a demoralizing 24-15 loss.

Nobody is telling Moore not to be emotional. It was his team and his players who won a hard-fought game on the road. They should be ecstatic. And Michigan fans have every right to feel an extra sense of pride in their team.

But the rest of us? Let’s not let the tears and the emotion emanating from Moore and the rest of this Michigan team blind us from one inarguable truth: This is Michigan’s fault.

Moore acted as though Harbaugh were in the hospital or dealing with some sort of tragedy outside of his control. No. Harbaugh was down the street from Beaver Stadium sitting at the hotel and watching the Michigan game on television.

Michigan may say it’s winning for Harbaugh while wearing shirts that read “Michigan vs. Everybody,” but this situation isn’t the Wolverines fighting through adversity or winning in spite of some terrible, random circumstance. Michigan is paying a consequence for breaking the rules, and there’s an ongoing investigation into this sign-stealing scandal to see how deep it goes. Some may tell you it was a marginal competitive advantage, but others will tell you the Wolverines were flat-out cheating to win games this year and in the past.


Michigan should be punished, say 94% of CFB coaches in our poll. What else did it reveal?

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