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Why Jim Harbaugh Is Facing Criticism About His Roster

Head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sidelines.

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sidelines while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan won the game 32-23. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Wolverines are getting criticized for their roster - or lack thereof.

Jim Harbaugh announced on Twitter this afternoon the date when Michigan's 2017 roster would be revealed to the public.

"Final tryouts for roster spots on 2017 Michigan Football Team can start no earlier than 8/28. Roster to be determined & publicized on 8/30," he tweeted.

Normally, a college football coach setting his final roster wouldn't be that big of a deal, but with Harbaugh and Michigan, it's become a national story.

This is because the Wolverines haven't updated their public roster since the 2016 season ended. There are still players from last year's squad listed online. Michigan's incoming freshman or new players aren't to be seen.

Typically, a team will update its roster in the spring or, at the latest, sometime in the early summer when freshmen arrive.

The roster issue became a national story when a New Jersey reporter filed a Freedom of Information Act request, trying to get the roster made public for a story. Michigan responded, saying the roster would be made public "on or before" Friday, Aug. 25.

Harbaugh has been known for some roster secrecy issues since arriving in Ann Arbor, often not announcing starting QBs until game time and not revealing depth charts.

For many, this is just another entertaining aspect of the quirky head coach, but for others - especially those trying to cover the team - it can be pretty annoying.

Michigan opens its 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 against Florida.