Jim Harbaugh on MSU tunnel altercation: ‘An apology won’t get the job done’

Jim Harbaugh on MSU tunnel altercation: ‘An apology won’t get the job done’

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that “an apology won’t get the job done” and that he expects criminal charges to be filed after Saturday’s game. fights after the game with Michigan State.

After the Wolverines’ 29-7 win, Harbaugh said two of his players were “attacked” in the tunnel in Michigan The stadium after the game. One of the Michigan players was a defensive back Yes’ Dan McBurrowsa source previously confirmed The Athleticand Harbaugh confirmed Monday that the other defensive back Gemon Green.

“I’m coming (at) this from a parenting perspective. These young men have been entrusted to our program by their families and we have a responsibility to each player to treat them as our own, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” Harbaugh said at a news conference Monday. “An apology won’t get the job done in this case.”

“I can’t imagine that this won’t result in criminal charges,” Harbaugh said, describing videos of the incident — which have been widely shared on social media — as “harrowing.” He noted that ABC’s tunnel camera captured additional angles of what happened.

Four Michigan State players — Tank Brown, Khary Crump, Angelo Grossand Zion Young — were suspended after an argument, school published on Sunday.

“The conduct we reviewed was uncharacteristic of our football program and unacceptable,” MSU athletic director Alan Haller said in a statement Sunday.

“On behalf of our university and athletic department, I have been in constant contact with University of Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren, in addition to members of our Spartan family, to apologize and ensure our cooperation with the law. enforcement while they conduct investigations into the matter.”

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University of Michigan police said Saturday they were reviewing video of the incident. Harbaugh said he hasn’t spoken to Michigan State coach Mel Tucker since the game.

“I don’t accept any excuse that he’s going to be fired because of a rivalry or a tunnel or any other thing that somebody might blame,” Harbaugh added. “These are the actions of these individuals and they must be held accountable for them.”

In a news conference shortly after Harbaugh’s, Tucker said the player’s suspensions would remain in effect until the conference and investigations were completed. He declined to comment on Harbaugh’s expectation of criminal charges.

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