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Michigan Assistant Has Message For Coaches Who Left For Ohio State

Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 22: Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

There can be no doubt that the 2018 season did not end the way Michigan would have liked. A 62-39 blowout loss to arch-rival Ohio State preceded a loss to Florida in the Citrus Bowl, which was followed by a mini-exodus of coaches who jumped ship to the Buckeyes. While many of the coaches and players have openly stated they're unbothered by last year, one Michigan assistant doesn't appear willing to let it go.

In a media interview on Thursday

Chris Partridge: ‘I’ve got blood in my mouth ... the guys who left (for Ohio State), that’s not OK.’

A bit fired up.

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 11, 2019

">via Nick Baumgardner, Michigan assistant coach Chris Partridge expressed his disappointment at coaches Greg Mattison and Al Washington heading to the team's arch-rival. He made it clear that he is not okay with coaches leaving the Wolverines for the Buckeyes.

"I want to be candid, those guys left, and it was another shot," Partridge said. "It wasn't okay."

Partridge also revealed that he is still seething over the loss to Ohio State. That loss cost the Wolverines a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game and a shot at the College Football Playoff.

"I've got blood in my mouth, there's no qualms about it," Partridge said. "For me, the motivation is how last year... I don't wake up a day and not think about it, that's for sure. I know Don (Brown) feels the same way."

Michigan will be hosting the rivalry game at Ann Arbor next season.

The Wolverines will certainly have some advantages next season that they didn't last year.

Michigan will have seven home games next year, with three of their road games coming against teams that had losing records in 2018.

Jim Harbaugh's could very well breeze through the regular season, but the game against Ohio State always remains a playoff-caliber matchup.