Appearing on the Jalen and Jacoby Show, Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked if he could see the Big Ten doing what the Ivy League did and cancelling their football season.
“Could, right? That’s a possibility. We all understand that,” Harbaugh said. “As I said yesterday, too, if it becomes clear, obvious that’s the right thing to do, everybody’s going to be reasonable, including myself. We can’t play. It’s easy to stop. We’ve all seen how easy it is to stop something.”
The Big Ten announced on Thursday that fall sports, including football, would be playing a conference-only schedule. The Ivy League announced on Wednesday they’d be cancelling all fall sports, a decision Harbaugh finds to be premature.
“As far as the Ivy League declaring they’re not going to play football, I don’t see that right now,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t understand why that would be a decision now. You still have time to learn things, understand things and determine what’s the right thing to do come fall.”
There’s no doubt the Ivy League’s approach was a drastic one, and perhaps the decision will be looked back upon as wise. However, it can be argued that the Ivy League threw in the towel far too soon without attempting to string together a variety of sensible plans.
Harbaugh said that there’s still time to learn and determine the right course for the fall, but there’s not much time, weeks at most, before concrete plans must be put together. The good news is there’s still time, and that’s enough for Harbaugh and the Michigan team to “keep preparing as though there will be football”, because that’s what the Big Ten Conference is doing unless something changes.