Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh met the media on Monday, plus we cover more Michigan Wolverines news in our daily roundup.
Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of Michigan football, went to the podium for his Monday press conference with a purpose.
Harbaugh talked about how missing the next three games of the Michigan Wolverines was more like a bat to the kneecaps, than a slap on the wrist.
However, he said a lot more on Monday. He talked about how players deserve a share of the revenue from all the TV money being made in college football, something the NCAA had to love to hear.
For decades, the NCAA has pushed the moniker that these are “student-athletes” because the NCAA doesn’t need to pay them. People like Jim Harbaugh have pushed back on that narrative.
In fact, Harbaugh has pushed back more than most, which is maybe why the NCAA is trying to make an example of Michigan football, instead of places that openly cheat by using NIL as pay-for-play.
It’s frustrating because Harbaugh didn’t do anything crazy. I wish Michigan football wouldn’t have imposed the suspension, because unlike Sherrone Moore’s, the NCAA hasn’t accepted it as a penalty, meaning it could target the Michigan Wolverines head coach again in 2024.
Michigan football injury updates
Last season, on the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show, Harbaugh talked more about the Michigan Wolverines and offered a few injury updates.
Two starters — Rod More and Makari Paige — are questionable for Saturday. Here’s what Harbaugh said about his starting safeties:
"“Still going to wait and see what that looks like this Saturday. Nothing long-term — there are none of the sixth-month variations of injury. At safety, Makari and Rod have both had some things they’re working through.”"
Harbaugh also said that redshirt freshman safety Keon Sabb was a breakout player in fall camp, which is good news because he might be starting against East Carolina, along with Zeke Berry.
Both of those guys were studs and are the next guys up after Paige and Moore go to the NFL. So I fully expect them to get more playing time this season, but maybe they will be starting together for the first time on Saturday.
Amorion Walker, Tyler Morris, and Peyton O’Leary have also been dealing with some injuries according to Harbaugh. He also mentions wideout Christian Dixon as another player coming on. He did have a highlight-reel catch in practice too.
Michigan football has a starting kicker
Harbaugh also addressed some position battles. On the offensive line, he mentioned Karsen Barnhart and Myles Hinton first at tackle, but it’s unclear if it means they will start.
I’m sure that all four offensive tackles will get playing time against East Carolina and might even start a game each before a decision is made. More than five played a lot last season and that will be the case this year.
However, Harbaugh did say that transfer James Turner had won the starting kicker job. He was stellar for Louisville last season and will get the chance to replace Jake “Money” Moody. Tommy Doman wil be the punter.
Harbaugh also announced some other starters but at linebacker, even though Junior Colson and Michale Barrett are the starters — Ernest Hausmann is going to play, so I’m not too worried about the depth chart on defense.
Lots of talented dudes will get on the field.