All B1G head coaches wanting to play this fall, Jim Harbaugh says
Jim Harbaugh has made his stance crystal clear when it comes to the fall football season — he wants to play. And by showing up to a parent-led protest with several players on the roster on Saturday outside Michigan Stadium, it’s pretty apparent that most wearing the maize and blue want the season reinstated, as well.
Does that mentality apply across the B1G, though? Harbaugh says it does, at least among head coaches.
“We’re ready to play as soon as we possibly can,” Harbaugh said, according to Austin Fox of TheWolverine.com. “I told [AD]Warede [Manuel] that, and I’ve texted [president] Mark [Schlissel] that.
“All us coaches want to play.”
The B1G opted to postpone fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference’s Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) voted by an 11-3 tally to punt on football and other athletics this fall, with the three schools wanting to move forward being Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State.
Since the beginning of the process, there’s been an apparent disconnect between football coaches, athletic directors and the college presidents and chancellors. Recently, Nebraska AD Bill Moos said that all athletic directors across the conference were also in favor of playing sports this fall.
With players speaking out, parents protesting and a lawsuit filed by eight Nebraska football players, the B1G has come under harsh scrutiny for its decision. For now, though, it doesn’t seem like the league is reversing course.
Even if all the coaches in the conference still want to play.