UM’s Harbaugh, on ESPN’s Cunningham: ‘We’re good’

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he and ESPN analyst Ed Cunningham have patched things up.

Cunningham called a Michigan official, The Detroit News reported Tuesday, to acknowledge he mistakenly speculated during game broadcast last Saturday that All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis possibly was benched for disciplinary reasons.

Harbaugh was incensed by Cunningham’s comment regarding Lewis’ status.

“Ed Cunningham got way out over his skis,” Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference.

Harbaugh was asked Thursday morning on WXYT-FM’s “Jamie and Stoney Show” whether Cunningham has cleared the air with him.

“We’re good,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes we all do, we all misspeak. We’re all good. And Jourdan’s good. We don’t have any player on our team that’s suspended for any reason right now, so we can move on.”

Cunningham, who could not be reached for comment, had initially contacted Michigan associate athletic director Dave Ablauf.

Harbaugh said he decided to hold out Lewis from playing in the opener against Hawaii last Saturday as he worked through a minor but nagging injury.

“Been here 21 months on the job and (Lewis) is as good as they get,” Harbaugh said on his Monday radio show, referring to Lewis’ character.

In other show highlights, Harbaugh was asked about the number of neutral-site games that were played during the opening college football weekend and if that’s a trend. Michigan will open next season against Florida in Dallas. The game was scheduled before Harbaugh became the Wolverines’ head coach.

“Do I think it’s headed toward everybody playing neutral-site games on opening day? No, I don’t,” he said on the show. “And I like playing on our own campus.”

Show host Mike Stone also pointed out the Michigan Stadium crowd reaction last Saturday to freshman receiver Eddie McDoom. He was showered with “McDOOOOOOM” chants every time he took the field.

Harbaugh said he never heard it because he was wearing his headset, but his wife and children later told him about the chant.

“I could see that one coming,” Harbaugh said. “We had the same reaction when we first started recruiting Eddie. Man, that’s a great football name, McDoom. It doesn’t get much better than that. He’s a wonderful young guy, great family from Orlando, Florida, and he’s fast. Very appropriate, yeah.”