By Ryan Mayer
Jim Harbaugh has continually stayed in the headlines since returning to the college football ranks as the head coach at the University of Michigan. Most recently, he made waves with his comments about there being a double-standard with the NCAA when it comes to the number of rules and restrictions placed on recruiting in football versus other sports. While at a satellite camp in Baltimore, Harbaugh talked with reporters about this double-standard and said the following via ESPN.
“Football gets the majority of the scrutiny and the rules that are intended to hurt the student-athlete and it makes no sense,” he said. “That’s why I’m pointing this out because some of these other sports aren’t getting it.”
Harbaugh continued, saying “people are against football.”
“Let’s take lacrosse for example,” he said, “white sport, rising, affluent sport. Recruit ’em in the eighth grade, dark period for a couple days in August and it’s a totally different situation.”
Former professional wrestler Taz, the host of The Taz Show podcast on radio.com and play.it, took umbrage with the fact that Coach Harbaugh described lacrosse as a “white sport, rising, affluent sport”. On his show Wednesday morning, Taz said Harbaugh’s comments were very “disrespectful and inaccurate”
“A “white” sport. Well, maybe Harbaugh should take a look at lacrosse. One of the greatest lacrosse players in our modern era is a gentleman by the name of Kyle Harrison who’s an amazing player. Or, one of the top current players plays for Duke his name is Miles Jones. Miles Jones almost won a Tewaaraton award this year, just missed. What’s the Tewaaraton award? It’s basically the Heisman Trophy for college lacrosse. How about the amount of Native Americans? The game was grown and invented by Native Americans and they’re not considered white people.
“It’s very insulting to hear him make a comment like that because he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.”
Lacrosse is a sport near and dear to Taz’s heart as his son is currently verbally committed to play at the Division I level at Bucknell University. The Taz Show airs every morning live from 7-9 am, for more video from the show, head here and for audio check out the show page on play.it.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.