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Jim Harbaugh Gave His Thoughts On Playing Games Without Fans

Jim Harbaugh during pregame before Michigan's game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 03: Michigan Wolverines Head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

As we get closer to the scheduled start of the 2020 college football season, it is looking increasingly likely that games will be played without fans.

Of course, no one wants this to be the case. But in this COVID-19 world, it doesn't seem like we'll be having large crowds gathering anywhere anytime soon.

Every year, Michigan typically plays in front of over 100,000 fans at "The Big House." Even though the Wolverines have one of the top home environments in the country, Jim Harbaugh said today he'd be fine playing in an empty stadium.

In an appearance on Get Up! on ESPN this morning, Harbaugh discussed his team's offseason preparation and what the fall might look like. At one point, he addressed the possibility of playing without fans.

Via 247Sports:

“You could definitely test both teams and the officials, but can you test 100,000 fans coming into a stadium? Probably not,” Harbaugh said. "Heck yeah I would be comfortable coaching a game without any fans. If the choice was to play in front of no fans or not play, I would choose play in front of no fans.

"Most of the ... darn near every guy I’ve talked to on our team, that’s the way they feel about it.”

Earlier this month, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer caused a stir when she said "we’re not going to be filling stadiums in the fall.” However, she later clarified those comments, saying that sports are not done, but fan attendance will look a lot different.

“We’re going to be in a new normal for quite a while, and it doesn’t mean that sports is over,” Whitmer said, via Detroit Free Press. “Sports is not over. . . . We can have sports, just the way we observe them might look different for a while.”

If we had to guess, fan attendance will either be limited or completely prohibited at college football games nationwide.

But if we also had to guess, most coaches and players probably feel the same way Harbaugh does. Playing in front of no one is better than not playing at all.