Jim Harbaugh, the new coach of Michigan, talked to reporters recently, but did not reveal clear details about his goals. However, he mentioned that he wants his team to steadily improve while giving an update on the status of Dennis Norfleet, the wide receiver.
MLive.com and The Detroit News heard from the wide receiver’s high school coach in May that the team had dismissed him, but Michigan had mentioned that his status is being considered as an internal issue.
Harbaugh said that Norfleet is now free to commit to other schools, but has to stick to a plan that will enable him to achieve his academic and athletic goals at Michigan. He said: “It’s our desire that he remains at Michigan and gets his Michigan degree.”
On Tuesday, Michigan announced that six of its jersey numbers will retire at a special ceremony scheduled for November 28. The “legends program,” in which the school assigned numbers of some of its greatest players, will be ended. Jim Hackett, the interim athletic director, said that there were mixed feelings about these legendary jerseys. While players felt “awed by the legacy of the men who wore them,” they couldn’t understand why attention was being called to one of their team members. Harbaugh said that they are now considering helmet stickers as rewards.
Harbaugh also stated that Jabrill Peppers, the defensive back, could return to play a few games on the offensive. The freshman had played just three games when a leg injury forced him out of college football for a year.