Jim Harbaugh weighs in on suspension: ‘It's a bat to the kneecaps'
On Monday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh disclosed his thoughts about the imminent three-game suspension, signaling his discontent with the recent decision. Harbaugh, a figure who often played through intense pain and adversity, remains uncertain about his whereabouts during the games. His suspension comes after allegations surrounding recruiting violations, keeping him away from the action during matches against ECU, UNLV, and Bowling Green.
What did Jim Harbaugh Say About His Suspension?
The head coach mused over the possibility of watching his son Jack’s game during the Michigan game, noting that this situation is “unchartered waters” for him.
“I really don’t know yet,” Harbaugh said when asked what he’d do Saturday. “There’s a chance my son Jack’s team is going to be playing at the same time. If he’s playing, I’ll go watch that game. I don’t know … I don’t know if I’ll watch it on TV, if I won’t be able to watch. I can’t predict what it’s going to be at the time. It’s uncharted waters for me.”
Football is Everything to Jim Harbaugh
Harbaugh went on to say that's has heard people say that his 3-game suspension is like a “slap on the wrist”. The Wolverines head coach CLEARLY disagrees with that thought.
“I’ve heard people comment, ‘it’s a slap on the wrist.’ It’s more like a baseball bat to the kneecaps or to the shoulder,” Harbaugh said. “I equate everything to football. I’ve never missed three games unless it was for a broken arm or dislocated shoulder.
“As a college player, I had my arm broken, missed six games I think it was. As a pro player, I don’t think I ever missed three in a row, and I had all kinds of injuries. The ribs, the broken fingers, things like that. Concussions never kept me out of the game. I had an MCL that I put a brace on and played, and a shoulder separation. I think that might have been two games, might have been three. It was at the end of the season. It would have been more.”
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- Jim Harbaugh faces a three-game suspension due to allegations surrounding recruiting violations.
- Harbaugh likens the suspension to “a baseball bat to the kneecaps,” reflecting on his unyielding dedication to the game.
- Harbaugh maintains respect for athletic director Warde Manuel’s decision but refrains from deeper discussions.
Bottom Line – Harbaugh's Three-game Hiatus
In the grand tapestry of college football, a three-game absence might seem minuscule. But for a stalwart like Jim Harbaugh, who lives and breathes the game, this is a profound pause. The upcoming games will undoubtedly feel different for Michigan fans without their impassioned coach on the sidelines. Yet, knowing Harbaugh's resilience, it's safe to say he'll find a way to channel this experience, using it to fuel his, and his team's, future endeavors.