Wolverine Turmoil

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan players and coaches are lashing out at Jim Harbaugh over remarks the former Wolverines quarterback and current Stanford coach made about his alma mater in a newspaper interview.

Michigan tailback Mike Hart says he has no respect for Harbaugh.

"He's not a Michigan man, and I wish he had never played here," Hart said this week during the Big Ten media meetings in Chicago. "I've never met him, and I don't want to."

Harbaugh in May told the San Francisco Examiner that Michigan admitted athletes who were borderline academically, then steered them into less-challenging courses to keep them eligible.

“They're adulated when they're playing," Harbaugh was quoted as saying. "But when they get out, the people who adulated them won't hire them."

Harbaugh later told The Ann Arbor News that even serious student athletes are encouraged to take easier majors.

Coach Lloyd Carr called Harbaugh's comments "elitist" and "arrogant."

"Do I think they're elitist? Yeah," Carr told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "Arrogant? Yes. Self-serving? Yes."

Hart hinted that Harbaugh has blown his chance to ever coach the Wolverines.

"When you graduate from the University of Michigan and talk about your school like that, a great institution like we have, to say that we are not true student athletes ... it's coming from a guy who maybe wants to coach here and is mad he didn't get a job here," Hart told The Detroit News. "A guy like that I have no respect for."

Telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment were left by The Associated Press at Harbaugh's office before business hours on Thursday.

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