ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wants to clear the air on Jourdan Lewis. He’s hurt and not in trouble, Harbaugh said Monday. The All-America cornerback is recovering from an injury and was not suspended for Saturday’s 63-3 win over Hawaii, as a national broadcaster speculated last week.
“Jourdan Lewis, I’ll reiterate that, that was my decision,” Harbaugh said Monday. “He was getting close to being healthy. That had nothing to do with any off-field suspension. Ed Cunningham (of ESPN) got way out over his skis, speculating any suspension.”
Lewis’ absence was notable, but Michigan’s secondary remained effective against the Rainbow Warriors. Delano Hill and Channing Stribling had two interceptions for touchdowns, and Michigan allowed only 151 yards passing.
Harbaugh did not elaborate on Lewis’ injury.
“Lewis is one of the finest guys we’ve got,” Harbaugh said. “There’s few, if any, better than Jourdan Lewis.”
Rachel Lenzi covers Michigan sports for Landof10.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @RLenziAJC