Harbaugh gets explanation, not apology, from Big Ten

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Anyone who watched the Michigan-Oregon State game last Saturday saw how angry Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was when Jeremy Clark was called for roughing the kicker after the punter was outside the tackle box.

Harbaugh, who exhibited a memorable sideline fit because of the call, later said the punter at that stage is afforded the same protection as a quarterback.

Harbaugh said he received an explanation on Monday from the Big Ten, but said it was not an apology.

“I wouldn’t categorize it as that,” Harbaugh said Tuesday. “It was an explanation. That’s what those questions are for so you can have an explanation to your players so you can coach them better.”

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Determining a backup

Offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman was dismissed from the team last week by Harbaugh for “conduct unacceptable” for one of his players, he said in a statement.

Tuley-Tillman was the backup to Mason Cole and now freshman Grant Newsome is No. 2 on the depth chart. Blake Bars is the backup at right tackle.

“Our depth behind our starting tackles is competitive at this point, to be determined,” Harbaugh said. “(Newsome is) developing well. That competition is still being determined.”

Harbaugh was asked if there’s a chance for Tuley-Tillman works his way back onto the team, and Harbaugh referred to his original statement.