Jim Harbaugh, I am convinced, could take a bunch of Muggles and coach them to the Quidditch championship at Hogwarts. But this year, with Ohio State and Penn State looming like Gryffindor and Slytherin—I’ll let you decide which one is which—that’s not the way to bet.

Before taking his team to practice in Rome, Harbaugh said arrivederci to 10 defensive starters, including Heisman finalist Jabrill Peppers. Sophomore DE Rashan Gary seems to have `next’ in the pantheon of Wolverine defensive legends.

Faster than you can say, “Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold, Juno,’’ Harbaugh announced that next year’s practice trip will be to Normandy, site of the Allies’ D-Day assault on Nazi Germany. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.