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Michigan's Harbaugh: Sports won't worsen pandemic

Field Level Media
09 Jul 2020, 06:05 GMT+10

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh isn't ready to cancel or reschedule the 2020 football yet, even as cases of the coronavirus are surging in a majority of states.

In a Zoom call with reporters on Wednesday, Harbaugh said there is no evidence yet that sports will further the spread of the virus.

"COVID is part of our society. Wasn't caused by football or caused by sports. And there's no expert view right now that I'm aware of that sports is going to make that worse. It's part of our society; we're going to have to deal with it," Harbaugh said.

"These kids are going to have to do the same thing. They've got to go to school. They've trained their whole lives for the opportunity to play their sport. That is my view with the knowledge that we have and time to learn more about it. It would be my responsibility, our responsibility and the players' responsibility also, to keep themselves safe and get the schooling and training that they need."

On Wednesday, the United States passed the 3 million mark of confirmed cases -- with 1 million of them coming in the past 28 days. Nearly 132,000 people have died from the virus nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that 322 Michigan athletes had been tested through June 29, with two positive results. Both athletes were asymptomatic.

Harbaugh said that while his team wants to play -- and he wants to coach -- this season, he recognizes the time could come to call it off.

"Now, if it comes to a point in time where you say that we can't play, it's obvious, it's clear, then everybody would be reasonable and know that was the right thing to do," he said.

The Wolverines finished the 2019 season with a 9-4 record and No. 18 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll. Its 2020 class is ranked No. 13 by 247Sports.

--Field Level Media

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