How TCU, Kansas State, Michigan and Jim Duggan Intersect

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Maybe TCU’s 51-45 win over Michigan in the College Football Playoff Semifinal and Fiesta Bowl was in the cards all along. That’s not hubris. That’s just Duggan.

If that sounds weird, then you don’t know the history of Jim Duggan.

No, not Max Duggan, his father, Jim.


Max — who threw for 225 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and rushed for another 64 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolverines — has been around football his entire life because Jim is a high school football coach in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

When it came time for Max to start playing high school football, he played for Jim in Council Bluffs. Duggan, of course, ended up at TCU, where the Horned Frogs’ primary color is purple.

Now, one game isn’t a trend, it’s coincidence, right? I mean, Michigan lost to TCU for a lot of reasons, but not because of Jim Duggan?

Well, it’s not the first time that Michigan has lost a bowl game in the Phoenix area against a Big 12 team that wears the color purple.

As ESPN’s Dave Wilson explained earlier this week, the last time Michigan played a bowl game in Arizona was the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, which was played at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks in downtown Phoenix.


The opponent? The Kansas State Wildcats.

The result? Kansas State beat Michigan — then coached by Brady Hoke, 31-14.

Astute Wildcat fans know that the quarterback of that K-State team was Jake Waters, who was the game’s offensive most valuable player.

Waters played his high school football at Saint Albert High School in … Council Bluffs, Iowa, playing for … Jim Duggan.

Waters even wore No. 15 in college, the same number Duggan wore on Saturday night.

Michigan should be glad Jim Duggan is retired. He has no more quarterbacks left to thwart their postseason dreams.  

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard

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