Jim Harbaugh is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to details about his teams, and now one major website is fed up with it.
NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy says that, in effort to try and rank the 15 best New Jersey players in the Big Ten, it noticed that Michigan had not yet updated its roster from the 2016 season.
When asked, Michigan responded that it would post the roster ahead of Week 1 of the college football season.
Now, NJ.com has put in a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the Wolverines' roster.
Because Michigan is a public university, it is subject to the Freedom Of Information Act. NJ Advance Media submitted a request for a roster on Aug. 3.
FOIA is a tool used to weed out corruption in government, but here is a request for the hometown of a third-string linebacker.
A reply was received Friday:
"Due to the large number of requests currently being processed by this office, it will not be possible to respond to your request within the five-day period accorded by the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. However, under Section 5 (2) (d) of the Act, the University is permitted to extend the deadline for not more than 10 business days beyond the initial due date. The University will respond to your request on or before August 25, 2017."How convenient that Aug. 25 essentially is the start of the first game week.
As he points out, it is not too difficult to suss out most of the roster, by taking away graduates and adding new enrollees, but that just makes for extra work for fans and writers, and is, as Dunleavy puts it, "about making life just a little extra difficult for everyone around Harbaugh."
This isn't the first time Michigan has come under fire for similar things. Last fall, Colorado made fun of the Wolverines' refusal to publish a depth chart ahead of the game between the two programs. Somehow, we don't think NJ.com's request is going to change much of what Harbaugh does either.