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Michigan Football Spring Game

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It was all about the Michigan Wolverines, as they routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams’ Big Ten opener.

However, the Wolverines made headlines for another reason, as seven Michigan players raised their fists, including a top draft prospect Jourdan Lewis along with Mike McCray, Khalid Hill, David Dawson, Channing Stribling, Devin Bush and Elysee Mbem-Boss.

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh offered support for Wolverines players who raised their fists in protest during the national anthem prior to the Wolverines’ 49-10 win over Penn State Saturday.

“I can tell you what I believe, but I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the last four, five, six weeks. Because I’m the football coach, that doesn’t mean I can dictate to people what they believe. I support our guys,” Harbaugh said, according to ESPN. “This is something that’s not going away. It’s going to keep happening. It’s not something that’s going to keep them out of heaven. I’m not going to worry about something that doesn’t keep somebody out of heaven, speaking their minds.”

Harbaugh’s comments concede with his comments about regarding Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand initially. Harbaugh, who formerly coached Kaepernick with the 49ers, indicated he understood the motivation, but did not respect the action.

Beyond the Wolverines, Michigan State players Delton Williams, Kenney Lyke and Gabe Sherrod did the same Saturday prior to a home game against Wisconsin.


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