Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh received plenty of heat for not releasing his roster in a timely manner. The criticism didn’t effect Harbaugh, though. He went on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast this week and maintained his innocence.
“I was really innocent of that whole thing,” Harbaugh said on the podcast. “I got a bum rap on that. There are 105 guys that teams are allowed to bring to [training] camp, 105 only. But your roster is 130 or 125.”
In late August, an NJ.com reporter submitted a Freedom of Information Act request on the Wolverines roster for a story. Harbaugh still didn’t release the roster, stating tryouts were ongoing. The roster, he said, would be released after the tryouts concluded. As promised, he released his roster Aug. 30 via Twitter.
Harbaugh insists this situation could have been avoided if the NCAA changed its rule about training camp roster sizes. Currently, the maximum is set at 105 players.
“More people should be allowed to come to camp, and then that’s your roster. Your entire team,” Harbaugh said on the podcast. “It doesn’t seem right not to let another 20 guys or the entire amount of your team come to training camp. It’s a silly rule to me. I don’t understand it.”
The roster saga made headlines but hasn’t impacted on field-performance. No. 7 Michigan (2-0) hosts Air Force on Saturday afternoon.