COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day did not ramp up any war of words prior to Saturday’s game against Michigan.
Asked about comments by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh that were vaguely directed at him after last season’s game, Day took the high road. But he did not feign ignorance about the other side of the exchange.
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“I’m not going to talk about it right now,” Day said. “Maybe there’s another time to hit on that. Like I said, there are certain things you listen to and certain things you don’t. In a high profile game, certain things are said. There’s a time and place for that.”
Harbaugh closed his press conference after last season’s 42-27 victory in Ann Arbor with a dig at Day without mentioning him by name.
“There’s definitely stuff that people said that spurred us on even more,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes people that are standing on third base think they hit a triple — and they didn’t.”
The comment appeared to address a reported verbal altercation on a Big Ten coaches conference call in the summer of 2020. Day later allegedly told his players OSU would “hang a hundred” on the Wolverines. That game was ultimately canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan’s program.
Asked at Big Ten media day if he was referring to Day with that jab, Harbaugh said only, “No comment.” However, during an appearance on 97.1 FM in Detroit on Tuesday morning, the former Michigan quarterback acknowledged he was shooting back at those alleged comments from the year before.
“It was definitely a counterpunch by me to the comment that they’re going to hang 100 on us, etcetera,” Harbaugh told the “Stoney & Jansen” show. “Kind of like a Sugar Ray Robinson (knockout).
“But the fact is, I think Ryan Day is a great coach. I think he is a tremendous football coach. Truth be known, that’s how I feel. You can see it week after week with his team. He’s as good a coach as there is in football.”
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