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UM head coach Jim Harbow is a strong defender of his team’s ability to play this season, opening an open letter earlier this year stating the argument for his program to play after the Big Ten initially canceled the season. He has also stated his case several times since then.
“This is not easy. That is difficult, “Harbo said in an open letter. “It has been proven that the behavior, discipline and structure within our program have led to these stellar results. We respect the challenge posed by the virus, but we will not rest on our laurels. We’ve developed a great prototype of how we can do this job and give players the opportunity to play.
“If you are transparent and follow the rules, this can happen. I am always proud of our players, parents, coaches and employees for being leaders and role models in our sport, in our institution and in society. We will continue to follow all the guidelines for health and safety, to teach, train and educate those young men and their families who have trusted us as we advocate for the football season in the autumn. To quote President Theodore Roosevelt, we are doing this “so that our place is not among the cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” “
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