Harbaugh avoids specifics on unsettled personnel issues
Ann Arbor — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh chose not to shed more light on off-field situations involving Jim Minick, his close friend and associate athletic director for football who last week was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and senior Dennis Norfleet.
Harbaugh, who appeared Monday at the Swing to Cure Diabetes golf outing hosted by his former Michigan teammate Rich Hewlett, was asked if Norfleet remains with the Wolverines.
"That's an internal matter," Harbaugh said.
Dale Harvel, Norfleet's coach at Detroit King High, told The News last week Norfleet was released from his scholarship and barred from all football facilities. Norfleet took to Instagram to vaguely address the situation.
"I've been crying so much I have no more tears to give," Norfleet wrote. "I just want to give my apology to all the Michigan fans and the Michigan alumni, last but not least my team. We been through it all, we all have the same goals that we want to reach, but I've been talking to God, everything is going to be alright for those who don't know what's going on. ... Trust me I will be okay, things happen for reason."
Harbaugh referred questions about Minick to a statement he issued last week.
Minick was suspended indefinitely by Harbaugh after news surfaced regarding an early-morning one-car accident in Pittsfield Township. Minick refused the Breathalyzer and officers are awaiting the results of blood work to present to the prosecutor's office.
Harbaugh said in the statement Minick made a "regrettable decision."
"And was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated," the statement read. "Jim makes no excuses, regrets this decision and understands the consequences for his actions."