Michigan Wolverines head coach just left the virtual podium in Ann Arbor for his Monday game week press conference ahead of Saturday’s finale at Iowa. Below are the topics that were covered.
- Status of team right now is that the team was able to practice on Sunday. Said there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm. The Monday workouts went great and they will practice again on Monday. Says he is proud of the players and coaches and that they have been an “inspiration.”
- Harbaugh called the number of players currently out due to the virus and injuries a privacy matter.
- Harbaugh calls teams opting out of bowl games as personal matter for the schools. Says he respects those decisions based on health and safety. Wouldn’t say whether Michigan would or would not opt into one if invited. Says everything is day to day right now.
- Michigan not worried about who they were given as an opponent for Saturday and that they will simply play who was in front of them. They expect to play and will fly out for Iowa City on Friday.
- His future has come up in talks with recruits and Harbaugh says he is committed to Michigan and will remain that way. Once again says he and Warde Manuel will sit down at the end of the season. “That’s the truth and where it stands.”
- Quarterback will be decided on Saturday. Will not confirm if Cade McNamara practiced at all this week, once again citing privacy.
- Calls Kirk Ferentz a tremendous coach and that they are a tough and disciplined team. Excited for the opportunity to play Iowa. “I’m inspired by the way our players have approached it.”
- On if some of the injured players could return this weekend, Harbaugh says that is something they will have an opportunity to answer on Saturday night. Injuries, COVID is all lumped together at the moment and once again calls it a privacy matter.
- Asked if he has ever met Ann Arbor resident and Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp, he says he has not.
- Harbaugh says process of getting back on the field started Thursday and Friday with conditioning with practice resuming on Sunday.
- Asked if he still prioritizes the state of Ohio in recruiting, Harbaugh says yes.
The Wolverines and Hawkeyes play on Saturday night in Iowa City under the lights once again with a 7 p.m. ET kickoff scheduled from Kinnick Stadium. It will be broadcast via ESPN.