Shortly after Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh expressed his concern about player safety and the conditions over the weekend at Purdue, national analysts took their opinions to Twitter.
First, it was Brett McMurphy.
Says the only guy who doesn’t provide rosters like every other school or updated 2-deep https://t.co/G2fbq8sPWN— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 25, 2017
A couple hours later, Tim Brando of Fox Sports chimed in.
I'll begin supporting Harbaugh's rant on Locker room issues at Purdue as soon as he gives Those broadcasting his games a Depth Chart!— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) September 25, 2017
What’s troubling here is that national football commentators appear to be equating player safety with not publishing a two-deep. Yes, what Harbaugh is doing by not releasing a two-deep makes the jobs of sportswriters and broadcasters a little harder. But having to do some more preparation before broadcasting a Michigan game simply doesn’t compare to the health and safety of student athletes. There has already been at least one college player to pass away this season from heat-related causes.
After Harbaugh’s comments this morning, Purdue released a statement in response.
Purdue fires back at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's comments regarding visiting team locker room conditions. pic.twitter.com/3pwzOuCFkc— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) September 25, 2017
It should also be noted that not all national analysts are jumping on Harbaugh this afternoon. Big Ten Network’s Howard Griffith took to Twitter to express his agreement with Harbaugh’s concerns. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit also expressed concern about how often facilities are updated.
Not sure they have AC. Most of these stadiums in the B1G haven't updated their visiting locker rooms for DECADES!! Disturbing. It's 2017!! https://t.co/IbHL1rKqzn— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 25, 2017
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