Tom Brady, Derek Jeter to attend Michigan’s signing day event


For his second recruiting class at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh is pulling out all of the big guns.  The really, really big athletic guns.

It was confirmed Sunday that former Wolverines and current New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as well as New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter will be one of a handful of celebrities in attendance at UM’s “Signing of the Stars” charity event on National Signing Day Wednesday.  The event, which is invitation-only, will be held from 11 a.m. ET to 1 p.m. and will serve as the vehicle for Harbaugh to introduce his much-discussed and hotly-debated 2016 recruiting class.

Just last week, it was confirmed that rasslin’ legend Ric Flair will be in attendance as well.

Harbaugh and Jeter have become friends over the past few months, with the future Hall of Fame shortstop attending a Michigan football game last September and being presented with a No. 2 Wolverines jersey by the head coach.  Jeter grew up in the state and has long been a fan of the Wolverines.  He even attended UM for a semester before being drafted by the Yankees in the early nineties.

Other notable attendees include former MLB manager Jim Leyland, former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz and NASCAR driver Brad Kesolowski.  Former Wolverines beyond Brady will be in attendance as well, including Desmond Howard, Jon Jansen and Denard Robinson.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.