As soon as Michigan announced that it had to cancel its game against Ohio State due to an “increasing number” of positive COVID-19 cases within the Wolverine program, some college football fans, mostly Buckeye fans, began speculating that maybe Michigan was ducking the matchup. Kirk Herbstreit suggesting Michigan may avoid the Ohio State game a few days prior to the game being canceled didn’t slow down the speculation either.
Jim Harbaugh elected to throw a bit more fire on the speculation flame during his Monday press conference as well.
The Michigan head coach explained that Michigan had a “spirited” practice on Sunday, the day after the Ohio State game was supposed to be played. Harbaugh didn’t get into actual test numbers or the number of players that were available for the practice, but it’s still a peculiar comment to make. On top of that, Harbaugh announced that players returned to the weight room on Thursday and Friday.
Jim Harbaugh says #Michigan returned to the weight room on Thursday and Friday of last week, practiced Sunday and plans to practice again today.
As for playing Iowa on Saturday, "that's our plan."
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) December 14, 2020
After having their last two games canceled due to COVID-related issues, Michigan is scheduled to return to the field on Saturday to take on Iowa in what will be its final regular-season game.
While Buckeye fans would have loved to see their team steamroll Michigan this past weekend, it all worked out okay for Ohio State as the Big Ten altered its rules for OSU to qualify for the Big Ten conference championship game.
Nevertheless, Harbaugh’s comments during his press conference have Ohio State fans out there fuming about Michigan canceling the game.
“Can’t play Saturday but we can practice Sunday!” Whatever Hairball
— Doug Rhoades (@Rhoades_Doug) December 14, 2020
Wow! Those vaccines work quickly. 😳
— Sмαятεя Tнαи Yσυ'яε ™ (@smarter_than_ur) December 14, 2020
They still have time to do it again this week to Iowa. Once a coward always a coward.
— Robert Hunter (@ohiobob926) December 14, 2020