Jim Harbaugh is no stranger to going viral for his general ridiculousness. Today, a story came out that was extra weird, even for him.
Quarterback Wilton Speight transferred from Michigan to UCLA this off-season. He spent the last few years playing for Harbaugh in Ann Arbor.
According to Speight, Harbaugh doesn't want his players eating chicken. In fact, he links chicken consumption to some sort of bizarre degradation of American society, or something.
From Bleacher Report:
How do you explain the Harbaugh Experience? Former Michigan (and current UCLA) quarterback Wilton Speight tells a story to sum it up nicely. Early in his Michigan tenure, Harbaugh pulled Speight aside and told him not to eat chicken, a protein that is considered fairly safe by nutritionists. When Speight asked why, Harbaugh said, “because it’s a nervous bird.”
“He thinks some type of sickness injected its way into the human population when people began eating white meats instead of beef and pork,” Speight says. “And he believes it, 100 percent.”
Jim Harbaugh didn't always take such an anti-chicken stance.
In fact, there is Twitter evidence that Harbaugh felt less foul about fowl just over three years ago.
He wished fullback Nick Volk a happy birthday on March 4, 2015, and promoted his hometown of Frankenmuth for its chicken.
It's unclear what has changed in the last three-plus years. All I know is that I really need some parents to serve Harbaugh their best chicken dishes during in-home visits now, just to see what happens.