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Jim Harbaugh: Urban Meyer comments not a ‘bombshell’

Jim Harbaugh attempted to downplay his recent comments about Urban Meyer that have ignited a media firestorm while speaking to reporters on Friday during Day 2 of Big Ten Media Days.

During an appearance Thursday on The Athletic’s “The TK Show” podcast, the Michigan Wolverines head coach made pointed remarks about his former Ohio State Buckeyes coaching rival’s sordid history.

“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said in part on the podcast. “But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”

Amid the fallout, Harbaugh made the argument that his comments were not all that remarkable, nor newsworthy, for that matter.

“No context you should know about. I don’t think it was anything that was anything new or a bombshell,” Harbaugh said, via the Detroit Free Press. “It’s things that many of you have an understanding of or have written about.”

Meyer’s programs of course were not immune to scandal going back to his days as head coach of the Florida Gators, where 31 players were arrested during his six seasons at the helm. Meyer was also suspended for Ohio State’s first three games of the 2018 season after an investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against one of his assistant coaches. Meyer retired at the conclusion of Ohio State’s campaign.

All that said, Harbaugh was 0-4 against Meyer in head-to-head matchups between the Wolverines and Buckeyes, and some have argued the fiery Michigan coach’s rhetoric was spawned in some part by a case of sour grapes and residual bitterness.