Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was notably absent from Saturday’s 24-15 victory over Penn State due to a suspension imposed on Friday for violating the Big Ten’s sportsmanship policy. During his Monday news conference, Harbaugh discussed not only the upcoming hearing that will determine his presence on the sidelines for the next game against Maryland but also touched on various other topics.
Notification of Suspension
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel discovered news of the suspension through social media, not directly from the Big Ten.
Defending the Team: “America’s Team”: Jim Harbaugh
Despite recent criticism surrounding Michigan, Harbaugh staunchly stood by his roster, declaring that they should be considered “America’s team” for their ability to overcome adversity and beat the odds.
Call for Due Process
Emphasizing the importance of “due process” in his upcoming hearing, Harbaugh expressed his desire for the opportunity to be considered innocent until proven guilty.
Trust and ‘Judge Judy’: Jim Harbaugh
Referencing his appreciation for the ‘Judge Judy’ show, Harbaugh highlighted the significance of trust, emphasizing that if someone lies, credibility is lost, and trust is eroded.
Emotional Response from Interim Coach
Harbaugh acknowledged an emotional postgame interview from interim head coach Sherrone Moore, who dedicated the win to Harbaugh. He expressed gratitude for the players’ sentiments.
Recanting Chicken Assertion: Jim Harbaugh
Harbaugh recanted his previous statement about chickens being nervous birds, stating that he now takes care of chickens and appreciates their low maintenance and high production.
Sounding raspy, Harbaugh denied being sick and humorously declared himself the “iron wall” that viruses bash against and shatter.
Overall, Harbaugh addressed a range of topics, from his suspension and the support of his team to his views on chickens and his health.