Yale’s Sears scores 1,000th point, Michigan gets Harbaugh, and more quotes of the week in local and national sports

New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh addresses fans at halftime of the Wolverines' men's basketball game against Illinois on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Compiled by Joel Alderman

Hiring a former star quarterback as Michigan’s football coach (university news conference)

“I know Michigan football. I believe in Michigan football. That will not be a hard job.”

–Jim Harbaugh, new Michigan coach at $5-mil per year

”Our guy came home.”

 –Jim Hackett, interim Michigan Athletic Director

“I think he’s going to do a great job and help out recruiting. He’s had success at every school he went to. I think it’s a great fit for Michigan.”

–Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars and former Michigan quarterback

Yale’s 70-64 win over Sacred Heart, with Justin Sears scoring his 1,000 point (yalebulldogs.com)

“I’m just happy it came in a win. I want to move on and keep winning games.”

–Justin Sears, Yale junior

“We did a great job of playing team basketball.”

–Javier Duran, with 22 points and eight rebounds

“We got some really good, open looks and we did an excellent job of moving the basketball. We have a number of guys that can shoot.”

–James Jones, Yale’s coach

Firing of Rex Ryan as coach of NY Jets (team press conference)

“Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great post-season runs, which all of us will remember.”

“We’re in the win business and we’re not winning. It became pretty apparent during the season, as we progressed, the team was not getting better. It was kind of obvious that we had to make a change.”

–Woody Johnson, Jets’ owner

“We had some great highs and we had some great lows, and I appreciated every moment.”

–Nick Mangold, Jets’ player

“I think everybody had the same emotion, a feeling of sadness, a feeling of loss.”

–D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets’ player

Whether Michael Sam’s sexuality cost him a berth in the NFL

“I don’t like to think that way. But I do believe I’m a very talented football player and I’m going to continue working hard and try to get that opportunity to play in the league. I did everything I was supposed to do.”

–Michael Sam (Oprah Winfrey Network)

Red Sox acquisition Rusney Castillo’s 10 game stint in winter ball

“He’s ready to play in the big leagues. Mentally, we were very impressed with his approach. He didn’t try and pull too much. Most of his hits were back up the middle, right-center. Defensively was the part that caught our eye. He did a really good job in center field. He has a feel of where to play guys after that first at-bat. We liked what we saw.”

–Alex Cora, manager of Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rico Winter League (WEEI.com)

Buffalo player feels that beating Patriots was still a big deal

“I don’t want to hear no excuses about who didn’t play, who played. They showed up. We showed up. We just were the better team today.”

–Aaron Williams, Buffalo Bills’ safety, about their win over the playoff bound New England Patriots, who rested several of their star players  (AP)

No apologies in first  return to Miami

“I gave everything and more to this city when I was here. Never disrespected this city or the franchise, or any of my teammates. Everything is professional. I gave it all. That’s all I can do.”

–LeBron James, before the Cleveland Cavaliers took the floor (and lost) in Miami for the first time since he left the Heat (AP)

 New coach at Pitt, who was born in New Haven, and the influence of his father

“(He was) much disciplined. You’d better not come home at 11:01 when your curfew’s 11. He was tough, and he showed love. He was an incredible, incredible person.”

–Pat Narduzzi, new head football coach at University of Pittsburgh, recalling his late father, Bill Narduzzi, who was the Yale defensive coordinator when he (Pat) was born in New Haven in 1966 (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Loyal to the end

“I know that no one wants to hear words and I am not going to make any; but I am definitely not going to throw our guys under the bus.”

–Pete DeBoer, three days before he himself was “under the bus” when he was fired as coach of the New Jersey Devils (AP)

 

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