Indianapolis – It was just a coincidence, but Michigan’s score on Saturday was not lost on Jim Harpo.
The Wolverines beat Iowa State, 42-3, to claim the Big Ten at Lucas Oil Stadium, and their final touchdown and extra points converter pushed the coach to make two shots.
“I was shocked when I came to talk to Aidan[Hutchinson],” Harbow said. “That comes to 42.”
42 was the shirt number worn by Tate Mer, one of the four students killed in the Oxford High School shooting on Tuesday. Michigan wore a special patch on its T-shirts to commemorate the teen, “football player, wrestler—the best athlete in school,” Harbaugh said.
It was reported that Meyer attempted to ambush 15-year-old Ethan Curmbley in order to rescue his classmates. The “O”-shaped patch included Myre’s initials, “TM,” 42 and four blue hearts, one for each of the four students killed in the accident.
“The best athlete in the school could easily have gotten out of that school, and be the first to get out,” Harbow said. “But you just know that while people were fleeing the shooting, he was running towards her. He is a hero.”
Michigan invited members of the Myre family to its Big Ten championship match on Saturday, and they were part of a coin toss before the match. As it turns out, the idea for the gesture came from Hutchinson, a senior defender from Plymouth, Michigan, who approached Harbaugh earlier in the week about dedicating the match to Mayer.
“I’m glad our players got the spirit too,” Harbo said. “They have big hearts. Incredible guys.”
When asked if Michigan would continue to wear the number 42 patch on their shirts in the college football playoff game, Harpo looked at Hutchinson, who quickly said, “Sure, let’s do that.”
Harbo replied: “Sure.”
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