Jim Harbaugh had no comment regarding Michigan’s next opponent on Sunday afternoon’s Orange Bowl teleconference. In fact, Harbaugh wasn’t even there.
Harbaugh, Michigan’s second-year coach, was absent from the Orange Bowl teleconference. Per a Michigan athletic spokesman, Harbaugh is traveling and was unavailable for the teleconference.
Orange Bowl coaches conference call ends without Jim Harbaugh being on it.
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No. 6 Michigan (10-2) will face No. 11 Florida State (9-3) at 8 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla., and while Harbaugh was absent, his counterpart, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, was on the teleconference.
Fisher spoke at length regarding the Seminoles and their opponent, calling Michigan a “brand-name” team.
“They had a tremendous year,” Fisher said of Michigan on the Orange Bowl teleconference. “We know we’re going to have a tremendous opponent.”
Harbaugh, on the other hand, was unavailable to make his first public comments in more than a week.
The Michigan coach has been recruiting across the country this week. On Saturday, he was in Colorado to watch quarterback recruit Dylan McCaffrey help Valor Christian win the Class 5A championship in Denver.
Harbaugh’s Big Ten colleagues, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Penn State’s James Franklin, all made media appearances today. Meyer even made an appearance after the birth of his first grand child.
However, it’s worth noting neither Franklin or Meyer were traveling today.
UPDATE: Jim Harbaugh will address the media after all. He’s set to make his first comments since his post game rant after Michigan’s game against Ohio State at 6:15 p.m., ET.