Jim Harbaugh says he supports transfer waivers, former Michigan player recently denied waiver responds
Our coverage this week has been dominated by 2019 SEC Media Days but if you were unaware, another league media event is also happening this week.
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan were up on Friday for Big Ten Media Days and during the Wolverines appearance, the leader of the program offered up his support for allowing players to transfer one time during their playing careers and immediately be eligible to play elsewhere.
Not only was this public stance different from his peers, but it is also completely news to James Hudson. If you don’t know the name, Hudson is an Ohio native that previously played for Harbaugh at Michigan. After battling with depression in Ann Arbor, Hudson left Michigan for Cincinnati via transfer this offseason.
Hudson applied for a waiver to play immediately at Cincy but despite battling mental illness, the NCAA denied Hudson’s waiver to play immediately for the Bearcats.
Here is the statement Hudson released back in May, following the NCAA’s decision:
“My NCAA waiver got denied. Clearly mental well being isn’t as important as playing time. The stigma is REAL.
“The University of Cincinnati filed a waiver for me to be immediately eligible. The NCAA has denied my waiver specifically because I never spoke up about my mental struggles to the administration at the University of Michigan.
“Like many football players I was afraid to speak up about my depression not wanting to look weak. Now the NCAA is telling me that my courage to step forward and speak about my issues was done too late and subjectively my “Circumstances do not warrant relief.”
“I want to thank my family and friends for their love and support through the entire process.”
Now that he’s seen Harbaugh’s latest thoughts on granting waivers, Hudson got a good laugh out of that.
— James Hudson III ™ (@__BallisLife2) July 19, 2019
Hudson also retweeted this tweet on Friday:
— Chad Brendel (@ChadBrendel) July 19, 2019
Not exactly a great look for Harbaugh here.