While most every other program in the country has already done so, Michigan football is waiting until the last second to update its 2017 roster.
If at any point throughout this offseason you’ve wanted a refreshed look at Michigan football‘s roster, you’ve been out of luck. Because an updated roster hasn’t existed since last season’s was released in August—12 months ago.
But not to fear; Jim Harbaugh took to Twitter to announce that a roster will be released on Aug. 30, three days before Michigan plays Florida in the season opener.
It was kind of a joke at the Wolverines’ spring game in April that a roster wasn’t provided. (I remember Nick Baumgardner, then at MLive, having a field day with the subject.) But the offseason stretched along a miles-long coast, and still one did not appear.
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If you go to the official roster on the team site, you’ll notice that names like Shane Morris (transferred to Central Michigan) and Devin Asiasi (transferred to UCLA) are still listed, along with everyone else who has transferred and graduated. Also, if it’s been a while since your last visit to the site, you’ll see it got a facelift this offseason.
While Michigan is the only Big Ten team without an updated roster for the 2017 season, that doesn’t mean there are going to be jaw-dropping surprises come Aug. 30.
Harbaugh explained at Big Ten media days last month that there were still decisions being made about who would participate in fall camp. Though there’s no way to say for sure, those decisions typically have to do with walk-ons, not prominent players.
When the Wolverines’ roster is released, it will probably be like any other time it happens: We’ll gawk at the weight of Michael Onwenu, make mention of how Chris Evans is getting bigger, etc. It’ll be business as usual—with a couple more Finally!‘s.