Michigan denied a Freedom Of Information Act request by a NJ.com reporter three days ago, and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh has a response to that request.
On Sunday, Harbaugh tweeted Michigan would release its final roster on September 30, and he’d actually had a solid reason why.
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.
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 20, 2017
According to Harbaugh, he’ll begin to finalize Michigan’s roster spots through tryouts on September 28. The final roster, like stated before, will be released on September 30.
However, that’s pretty much the same response Harbaugh had for not releasing a roster for the spring game last April.
Was told some players are still trying out and that's why we're not getting a #Michigan football roster for its public spring game
— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) April 15, 2017
Of course, you can’t release a roster if it’s not complete. However, it’s known that Harbaugh is stingy with his roster since he took over the program in 2015.
In fact, he didn’t release one before Michigan’s game against Colorado in 2016, which prompted Colorado to respond by releasing a roster with fictional characters in the starting spots.
It’s important to remember Harbaugh isn’t breaking and NCAA rules by not releasing a roster, nor is he required to at any time. Rosters usually help the media discern who is and who isn’t starting games, and withholding them is Harbaugh’s form of gamesmanship.
Of course, this entire argument becomes moot once Michigan takes the field for the first game of the 2017 season. Then, everyone will know who won the Wolverines’ starting quarterback job as well as who’s starting elsewhere on the team.
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