What Michigan's Jim Harbaugh said during his weekly press conference
There were hints and allegations entering Saturday as Michigan travelled to Bloomington to play the surging Indiana Hoosiers in an important Big Ten East battle. Jim Harbaugh was again on a hot seat in Ann Arbor with the dissatisfaction starting to peak once more and the Mouth of the South on his microphone daily calling for Harbaugh’s ouster.
In most circles Michigan is, after all, still Michigan, and they were picked to fend off an upstart Indiana. It was another proverbial must win for Harbaugh, whose program had not lost to the Hoosiers in 33 seasons, dating back to 1987. But others saw in Indiana not a fluke, but a better football team, and tapped them to carry off the upset.
Well, the unthinkable happened, Michigan was dominated and embarrassed as a program, losing 38-21 in a game that felt from the beginning like Michigan was outclassed. The must win became a blowout loss for Harbaugh and the conversation around his continuing tenure has turned toxic.
But Harbaugh made his rounds Monday, the same stoic and positive Harbaugh, explaining what happened and what must happen going forward as the decisions regarding his fate continue both behind closed doors and on public multi-media broadcasts across the country.
This is a round up of Harbaugh’s comments to the media as the Wolverines prepare to at home against the Wisconsin Badgers next Saturday.
Jim Harbaugh — "The focus is on how we can win our next game…day by day, play by play…play aggressive, play hard." #GoBlue— Michigan Football – UMGoBlue (@UMGoBlog) November 9, 2020
Jim Harbaugh — on the mood of the team — "They'll come back attacking…" #GoBlue— Michigan Football – UMGoBlue (@UMGoBlog) November 9, 2020
Harbaugh— DetroitSportsPodcast (@DetroitPodcast) November 9, 2020
I’m fired up for the next game
Harbaugh “I’m assuming we’re playing” Wisconsin on Saturday. Said he hasn’t heard an update— angelique (@chengelis) November 9, 2020
Harbaugh was pleased with what he saw from Milton on Saturday but there is "still a ways to go," "still learning and making progress."— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
"It doesn't happen overnight"
#Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says DE Aidan Hutchinson suffered a fractured leg and will require surgery. Big blow for Wolverines defense.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 9, 2020
Harbaugh says talent is all around. Several guys "have been a pain in the butt on scout team," meaning that they've done well and challenged starters. Harbaugh wants to see more of that— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
Harbaugh plans to "tweak" run game, both personnel-wise and schematically— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
Harbaugh was asked about 2017 class. Only 11 guys remaining from that class. Harbaugh remains steady and says he "really likes" and "loves" his current team— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
Cornelius Johnson is No. 2 WR, per Harbaugh— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
Harbaugh on Dax Hill:— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
"He's playing really good and getting better every single week," adds that Hill's physical play has been great.
"lip quiver and snot bubble coming out of the nose"— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
Harbaugh is so descriptive when he wants to be, mentioning players' efforts
Hayes and Mayfield are still working through things, per Harbaugh.— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
NO definitive word on Hutchinson but it sounds like he could be out for some time
Harbaugh is definitely tired of the leaving talk, NFL…— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 9, 2020
Won't answer question on how long he wants to stay at UM. Regardless of what he says, someone else will write the contrary, per Harbaugh. Actions show he wants to be there, he sai
Kudos to @chengelis for pressing Jim Harbaugh about NFL rumors and his future at #Michigan. "I’ve always thought this: Your actions speak so loudly that people can’t even hear what you’re saying. I’ll let the actions speak, as they have in the past." Won't entertain NFL talk.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 9, 2020