Harbaugh clears the air on mental health comments, transfer concerns
After recent comments about mental health have been taken somewhat out of context, Jim Harbaugh finds himself clearing the air on his recent statements.
During B1G Media Days in Chicago, Harbaugh was asked for his opinion on the NCAA transfer portal and potential changes he’d like to see. During his podium time on Friday, Harbaugh said he’d like to see college athletics adopt a one-time transfer policy, allowing student-athletes to gain immediate eligibility if they’re transferring for the first time.
Later in the day, during a radio interview, Harbaugh said that the fear with not granting immediate eligibility is that players could potentially be dishonest about mental health issues in order to earn immediate eligibility. Those comments did not sit well with a lot of folks.
This offseason, former Michigan player James Hudson transferred to Cincinnati due to mental health and depression. Hudson’s mother, Glenda, felt it was a personal attack on her son and all student-athletes battling mental health concerns.
After catching wind of some of the criticism he received, Harbaugh cleared the air on Saturday morning via Twitter:
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) July 20, 2019
While Harbaugh’s comments don’t come off as appropriate, context is important. He clearly stated that he’d like the NCAA to adopt the one-time transfer rule so that kids aren’t left scrambling to try and earn immediate eligibility.
Not many college football coaches share that same mindset.