Key things Jim Harbaugh said at Big Ten Media Days

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JULY 27: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines is seen at Big Ten football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium on July 27, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JULY 27: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines is seen at Big Ten football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium on July 27, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh took his turn at Big Ten Media Days and here are some thoughts on key things he said.

If people were hoping that Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh was going to comment on his potential suspension at Big Ten Media Days, they were disappointed.

Harbaugh didn’t address the reporting from earlier this week that he’s facing a four-game suspension due to NCAA “infractions.”

Those infractions include saying “I don’t recall” when asked about buying burgers for recruits, as well as watching workouts over Zoom, and texting outside of an allowed time period.

Here’s what Harbaugh said when asked about the subject on Thursday at Big Ten Media Days:

You could tell he wanted to talk about it and rip into the NCAA, as he should. But he saw smart and probably made the higher-ups at Michigan happy with his performance.

Here are some other key things from Jim Harbaugh’s Big Ten Media Days press conference.

J.J. McCarthy is a ‘once in a generation quarterback for Michigan’

Harbaugh spoke glowingly about his starting quarterback. He called McCarthy a generational quarterback and even compared him to Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen in terms of all the things he does for the Michigan football team.

I said recently that McCarthy has some Mahomes in him and I believe that to be true. With his ability to escape, run, and make pin-point throws that few others can, he’s got abilities that very few college quarterbacks have.

Harbaugh said McCarthy’s first season as a starter was the best that he could recall. I’m a huge believer in McCarthy and think he’ll be a first-round pick in April.

His head coach is a believer too.

‘The secret is out’ about Colston Loveland

Jim Harbaugh started talking about his Michigan football players and one thing that stood out to me was his praise for Colston Loveland.

Loveland was dominant down the stretch as a freshman and the expectations are really high for his sophomore season. Jake Butt recently said that Loveland could be the best tight end in Michigan football history.

On Thursday, Harbaugh said, “The longer he takes to realize how good he is, the better off he’ll be,” in reference to Colston Loveland. But he also said, “The secret is out.”

Harbaugh address ‘The Game’

Ryan Day made some headlines on Wednesday when he said that he thought the timing of the annual Michigan football and Ohio State game should be talked about.

Harbaugh said they would play the game “whenever scheduled”, which I took to mean if they also played in the Big Ten title game, the Michigan Wolverines would be happy for another shot at their rival. But the timing is tradition now and shouldn’t be changed.

Blake Corum’s return ‘made his offseason’

Every Michigan football fan is over the moon at the fact that Blake Corum is back. He was so special last season and getting to watch him wear a winged helmet against is a privilege.

Jim Harbaugh was certainly happy about it. Harbaugh said when Corum told him: “It made my day, made my week, made my offseason.”

Corum recently said that he was going to be “The Old Blake plus some” which is a scary thought for Michigan football opponents this season. I just can’t wait to see him healthy, running with the football again, because he’s as fun to watch as anyone in college football.

Harbaugh offers update on cornerback competition

Jim didn’t say much that will give a lot of insight into how the 2023 season will go, but he did offer some thoughts on the cornerback competition.

Amorion Walker is a name Michigan football fans have been tracking at the position since the spring. Josh Wallace was just added from Massachusetts in the transfer portal, and the other contender named by Harbaugh is Ja’Den McBurrows.

McBurrows is a player Michigan football fans forget about. But he has looked really good during his career when healthy.

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Harbaugh said that competition could carry on into the season, which isn’t a bad thing. You can never have enough quality corners and it’s likely that all the guys competing will be needed at one time or another.