Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh made it clear where he stands on the Big Ten postponing their fall football season.
“I’ll throw a little controversy out there. This is my position, I say free the Big Ten,” Harbaugh said on Wednesday. “Free the Big Ten. Let’s go play some football. Let’s get Michigan and Ohio State and all those great teams playing some football out there.”
Harbaugh went on to cite Michigan’s testing data, which is as good as it can get during a four week span.
”Michigan had zero positive tests in August,” John Harbaugh said. “They’re doing a great job with their protocols and those guys want to play. For anybody that wants to opt out, they can. They can. Their families should have that choice just like the Southeast Conference gave the players and families that choice. And most of them, as you know, decided to play as a family. So, I think the Big Ten families and players should have that choice.”
Harbaugh’s comments come at a time where the Big Ten confirmed they had a ‘productive’ conversation on Tuesday with President Donald Trump and a variety of reports are circulating that the Big Ten’s season could start as early as October, or as late as spring 2021. Reports have proven to be unreliable to this point, and uncertainty abounds.
The older brother of Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh, John has long lobbied for the importance of football in society and his wish that everyone could be part of a football team, so it comes as no surprise his feelings are the Big Ten should be playing. Still, Harbaugh’s quotes are notable, as he’s one of the most respected coaches in the NFL and when he speaks people tend to take what he has to say into consideration.