It seems that Michigan Football cannot go a week with making it in to the national headlines. This is due in part to the large fan base of the Wolverines but mainly due to the insane level of attention that head coach Jim Harbaugh has received since taking the job at Michigan. Harbaugh seems to think this level of media attention has a negative affect on his players, so beginning with Media Day he announced that his team would be entering a “submarine”.
“Very proud to be with our team and have our team here for everybody to see. Just to let you know, we’re going into submarine tomorrow. You won’t hear from us or see us for a while because we’re going to be working. Going to be in a bunker mentality until we decide that we’re not, until we decide to come up to the surface. It’s wonderful being here today and seeing everybody. Hope you understand that.” Harbaugh said when asked about the buzz he has created around the nation.
It seems that Harbaugh wants to actively avoid placing his players under the media scrutiny that his hiring has caused. This want to keep his team away from the media though maybe for more then just keeping his players away from the pressure that media brings with it. He could also be using it as a chance to keep what his team will be bringing to Utah in week 1 a surprise.
As Harbaugh as recently instituted a no phones rule at practice it seems that his intentions for his aptly named submarine isn’t to keep his name out of the spot light, as it is to keep his team under the radar. This is not the first time that a coach has limited contact with the outside world, Clemson placed a ban on social media for during its regular season earlier this month.
This is a big challenge for a team the size of the Wolverines to keep all of their preseason work from going public. But a strategy like this could give Michigan Football the element of surprise when they enter Salt Lake to take on the Utes next week.
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