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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh fails to understand Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell's stance on NCAA's abdication on 13 August 2019.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was vocal about his stance on NCAA transfers and on Tuesday rebuffed the allegation that he had blocked the abandonment of one of his former linemen, James, Hudson who was transferred to Cincinnati last season.

"Michigan has not stopped the waiver," Harbaugh said Tuesday night. "We wish James Hudson all the best, but that's out of the hands of the trainer, it's not in the hands of the university, it's not in his hands, and the way the process is going now is decided by the NCAA . "

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh speaks during the Big Ten Media Days on Friday, July 19, 2019 , Chicago. [Photo: Jim Young USA TODAY Sports]

Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell told The Athletic on Tuesday: "All power is in the hands of a school leaving a player. "and that if a school wanted it, it could help the transferman to become eligible.

Hudson, who signed with Michigan in 2017, moved in October and requested an immediate waiver of approval.The NCAA denied his claim in May. To the At the time, Hudson talked about his mental health problems and said the NCAA had told him that the claim had been denied because he had not told the Michigan authorities about his depression. Transfer claims due to depression: "The problem I have in it see, is that you will have people who (just) say, "OK, yes, I'm depressed. "

" Say what she must say, "continued Harbaugh, without giving any names." But on the street, I do not see that it helps them if it's not a legitimate thing. But nobody would know.

In response to these comments, Hudson's mother, Glenda WTOL-TV in Toledo, said her son was "downcast, depressed, and discouraged" during the waiver of Harbaugh.

"Athletes, of all places," she told the station "I'm sure there are a lot of athletes who are depressed and say nothing, and they hear these kinds of things, they will not." They will not do it because they get, "he's lying." People accuse you of feeling the way you feel.

More: Michigan CB Ambry Thomas fails indefinitely as he recovers from colitis. Free transfer for any player without any influence on eligibility, disagreeing with Fickell's claim that Michigan " "I have read Luke Fickell's comments. I think he has the impression that these exceptions vary from coach to coach in some way unless I read them wrong or wrong, "said Harbaugh. "This is not the understanding I stand for, I am under the understanding that the NCAA decides on these exceptions, if (Fickell) does not have something that he can produce and share and enlighten us and the entire football world, I would really do that. " I'd like to know what that is because he called me in March and wanted to know how James was switched from the defensive line to the offensive line.

"I said," Yes, after two weeks of practice watching James On the defensive line, I personally – and not other coaches – went to him and said, "James, I think you have the body type to one to be a really good attack device. " We do not dictate what positions players play at the University of Michigan.

"You can compete anywhere, if you want to give it a try, he did it, it turned out he was really good, it was him." I told Coach Fickell exactly how it happened when I talked to James on the field.

Harbaugh said the conversation with Fickell reached a point of dispute after Fickell in March "tried to coach him" so he said something that would authorize Hudson's resignation. "I told him I would not lie," said Harbaugh. "I can tell you. I will tell the truth. I did not like the version I was given. "

" I read the article, he asked a question in the article, "Harbaugh said, reading from notes he made before the press conference on Tuesday." What's Most Important? Your personal beliefs or what is in the best interest of the child? & # 39; I can answer that. Most importantly, the truth is. And when (Fickell) questions my personal beliefs, I believe that. I believe in being open and honest and telling the truth.

"I'm amazed he got where he is right now, because he does not know the answer to that question, and he keeps trying to make it clear that it's Michigan that has blocked the bank transfer waiver, or Michigan Somehow I decided not to grant this renunciation, and in my opinion that process does not work either – since it was a renunciation, I did not write the resignation – our observance asked me a question – they asked me how The same thing I just told you, I said to James on the field that day and Coach Fickell, that's the only part that I'm told about our compliance Department. "

The two have not talked since, Harbaugh said.

"That was the only time he called in March," said Harbaugh. "And I even told him in March," Coach, in my understanding, you seem to think that this is a kind of coach coach, we will Make a deal here, and that's not my understanding of how this process works. "

" It did not work the same way when Shea Patterson moved from Ole Miss to the University of Michigan. I was told I would not be involved If the two Compliance departments talk, the NCAA will decide on the suitability of Shea Patterson. You have asked me several times, what do you know about Shea Patterson? I do not know, I'm not involved, go back and look at your notes. I was not involved, did not talk to his lawyer, did not talk to his family. I said, wh What's next, the NCAA decides. We like it when Shea is here, if he is an immediate candidate, or if he has to spend a year in the residence.

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