Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has been vocal about his stance on NCAA transfers, and on Tuesday he fired back at an assertion that he roadblocked the waiver process after one of his former linemen, James Hudson, transferred to Cincinnati last season.
“Michigan did not block the waiver," Harbaugh said Tuesday night. "We wish James Hudson well. But that is not in the coach’s hands. That is not in the university’s hands. It’s not in his hands. The way the process works right now, those waivers are decided by the NCAA.”
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, speaking about Hudson's transfer, told The Athletic on Tuesday "all the power is in the hands of the school a player is leaving," and that if a school wanted, it could help the transfer player become eligible.
Hudson, who signed with Michigan in 2017, transferred in October and petitioned for an immediate eligibility waiver. The NCAA denied his claim in May. At that point, Hudson spoke about his mental health issues and said the NCAA told him the claim was denied because he didn't tell Michigan administrators about his depression.
In July, at Big Ten media days in Chicago, Harbaugh questioned some depression-based transfer claims, saying: "The problem I see in that is you're going to have guys that are (just going to say), 'OK, yeah, I'm depressed.'
"Say what they’ve got to say," Harbaugh continued, without mentioning any names. "But down the road I don’t see that helping them if it’s not a legitimate thing. But nobody would know."