Jim Harbaugh claims there’s ‘no expert view’ COVID-19 will be made worse by sports
Despite the conversations about whether sports, in general, should push through, Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh seems to have chosen his side of the argument. He seems to bank on the fact that the upcoming football season can resume play in the midst of a pandemic.
Here is his statement as quoted by Michigan football writer Austin Meek on Twitter:
Jim Harbaugh, on moving forward with plans for fall football season: "COVID is part of our society. It wasn’t caused by football or caused by sports. There’s no expert view right now that I’m aware of that sports is going to make that worse."
— Austin Meek (@byAustinMeek) July 8, 2020
Harbaugh’s full responses to coronavirus-related questions, per the Detroit Free Press’ Orion Sang:
Here are Jim Harbaugh's responses to today's coronavirus-related questions, how they've affected the offseason/the potential of a season happening (or not happening), etc. pic.twitter.com/1L2Y2MY1wn
— Orion Sang (@orion_sang) July 8, 2020
Coronavirus cases in the state of Michigan continue to rise as it now exceeds over 66,000 positive cases with a death toll count of over 6,000. Jim Harbaugh seems to keep the numbers at bay as he is still bent on resuming his usual football operations.
The 2011 NFL Coach of the year with the San Francisco 49ers has now said several times that the coaches want to coach and the players want to play. He and his staff are all taking the pandemic seriously, but they all want to resume doing their stuff which is to play football.
However, not all people were on his side of the table. His recent comments about resuming play in the midst of a pandemic received backlash, especially from fans on Twitter.
Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback spent 14 seasons playing in the league. He also coached three different NFL teams for a total of nine seasons. He is now heading on his sixth campaign as the head tactician of college football powerhouse Michigan.
As much as we all want to return to our normal lives, certain things have to be put on hold for the meantime as to not escalate the dangers brought about by the pandemic.