Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, much like Alabama head coach Nick Saban, has been very open about his disdain for the transfer portal.
That hatred has manifested in the most despicable way possible, as he accused former Wolverine and current Cincinnati player James Hudson of lying about his reason for transferring in order to get a waiver on the requisite year off and play right away.
Michigan transfer James Hudson said his waiver at Cincinnati got denied b/c he couldn't document he had depression.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 19, 2019
Today, Jim Harbaugh -- without naming names -- said kids are lying about having depression to try to get waivers to play right away.https://t.co/WPzOrvWWFV
Hudson said he suffered from depression during his time at Michigan, but his request to play right away was not approved because he couldn't document his mental illness. Harbaugh, in a particularly questionable move, claimed that players have been lying about depression on their waiver requests for some time now.
Mental health among football players, especially college football players, is a nuanced topic that requires careful inspection and debate. Harbaugh promoting that archaic tough-guy and "man up" mentality is not only harmful to the transfer process and to players in the short term, but it could stifle long-term growth with regards to understanding the subject.
Oh look, male athletics has a toxic atmosphere around mental health. Who could’ve guessed?— Ben Sheppard (@ben_c137) July 19, 2019
Mental health is not something trivial you lie about to game the system. It's a debilitating illness. The lack of understanding from Harbaugh, who is ostensibly here to help develop young men, is shocking.