Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about potentially coaching in empty stadiums this fall. His answer left no doubt about where he stands on the issue.
Jim Harbaugh: Probably won’t be able to test everyone at stadiums
Harbaugh was on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Wednesday morning. During the interview, he addressed the critical issue of testing. He noted that the NCAA will likely have no issues testing all the players and coaches. But he believes it’s not possible for fans to be tested.
“You could definitely test both teams, you could test the officials and everybody, but can you test 100,000 fans coming into a stadium?” Harbaugh said, via The Detroit News. “Probably not. Without a vaccine, you probably couldn’t do that.”
Michigan has already made it clear that teams will be playing in empty stadiums this fall. If they play at all. So, Harbaugh has had plenty of time to consider this issue.
Jim Harbaugh: “Heck yeah” I’d coach games without fans
During the same interview with Mike Greenberg, Harbaugh made it clear that he’d rather have fans. But if that isn’t an option, he’d gladly coach without them in the stands.
“To answer your question, heck yeah I’d be comfortable coaching a game without any fans. If the choice were play in front of no fans or not play, then I would choose to play in front of no fans. And darn near every guy I’ve talked to on our team, that’s the way they feel about it.”
For what it’s worth, this is the general sentiment being expressed nationally. And it appears that it could be a reality, at least for some parts of the nation, this fall.