Overdramatic: Michigan Pays Odd Tribute To Jim Harbaugh With Cringe Salute For Suspended Head Coach

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Michigan is playing without head coach Jim Harbaugh today, but fans watching on television would’ve thought he was lost for the season.

The Wolverines athletic department decided to hand down a self-imposed three-game suspension to Harbaugh for his role in an NCAA recruiting investigation. The school was trying to get out in-front of any further punishment down the road, so they are keeping Jim Harbaugh off the sidelines for the first three games.

But, if you were watching the Michigan vs. East Carolina game, the Wolverines were acting as if Harbaugh was never returning to the sidelines. It was awkward, and a little embarrassing for Michigan, especially considering he most likely met with the players this morning.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines speaks to the media after the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines won 19-17. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

As you can tell, Michigan players lined up and held up four fingers, saluting Jim Harbaugh, who wore that #4 jersey when he played for the Wolverines.

I understand that Michigan players are upset that Harbaugh isn’t on the sidelines, but this ‘tribute’ was a bit much. Acting as if the coach was lost, while players were wearing ‘Free Harbaugh’ shirts before the game.

We should remind everyone that Michigan and Harbaugh did this to itself, which led to the school deciding that self-imposing a suspension would help its case.

I get that the players are voicing their frustration, but this looked a bit overdramatic for a coach who ‘allegedly’ broke NCAA rules and lied about it..

Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.

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