Jim Harbaugh put an abrupt end to his press conference this afternoon after taking exception to reporters’ questions regarding player suspensions.
Michigan recently took its team picture sans true freshmen Kareem Walker and Ahmir Mitchell and redshirt frosh Shelton Johnson. Jim Harbaugh was asked about the three missing players today and said that while all are still with the program, two have been suspended.
He declined to reveal which two were punished (it was Mitchell and Johnson), saying they would handle the problem internally. When another reporter pressed the issue, Harbaugh decided he had enough.
“That’s why I don’t give you any information cause you’re never satisfied,” Harbaugh said. “You want a second question, a third question, a fourth question. I just said we’d handle it internally. Thank you.”
At that point, he cut off the session. Wolverine247 was there to capture the scene, sharing video of it on YouTube.
Harbaugh is known for playing things close to the vest and providing little information to the media. Leaving in the middle of a presser at Michigan is new for him, however.
Harbaugh is always looking for new ways to outdo his competition, so perhaps he just wanted to one-up Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. Earlier this month, Dantonio hung up on an interview with FOX Sports Daybreak when he didn’t like the line of questioning.
As for the three absentees, Walker, a running back, and Mitchell, a wide receiver, are four-star prospects from New Jersey. Both enrolled early in January. Johnson, the second-year defensive end, hails from Florida. He was also a four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2015.
Michigan begins its 2016 season at home against Hawaii on Sept. 3. The Wolverines project as contenders for the Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff berth.
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