ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is in the game-week bubble.
Speaking Thursday morning on Detroit’s WXYT-FM radio, Harbaugh was keyed in solely on his program. Keyed in so much that when asked about certain minor controversies in the week leading up to Saturday’s opener against Hawaii, the second-year Wolverines coach basically pled ignorance.
Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said in a video posted Wednesday on Hawaii football’s Facebook page that the Wolverines didn’t comply when his program asked for scrimmage tape from the Wolverines
“We asked if they would send us their scrimmage (tape), but they wouldn’t,” Rolovich said.
Asked Thursday about withholding scrimmage tape from the Rainbow Warriors, Harbaugh said it was the first he’d heard of it.
“I don’t know anything about the practice tape or any request for scrimmage tape or practice tape,” Harbaugh said. “I’m not aware of any request the University of Hawaii made for practice tape or scrimmage tape.”
The topic of a recent Michigan State football tweet also came up, one with a photo of Mark Dantonio and 12 Spartans from Detroit.
With the caption “Those who have stayed are already champions.”
Harbaugh, who is an avid tweeter — and sometimes avid subtweeter — also pled ignorance to the dig from one of Michigan’s biggest rivals.
“That’s another one I haven’t been aware of,” Harbaugh said. “I didn’t think anything about it. First I’m hearing of it.”
Would Harbaugh want to respond to the turn on one of Bo Schembechler’s most famous catchphrases, uttered in 1969 by the legendary Wolverines coach? Harbaugh gave a vague response, from inside the proverbial game-week bubble.
“That’s the fact,” Harbaugh said. “The truth is the truth.”
Rachel Lenzi covers Michigan sports for Landof10.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @RLenziAJC