Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell seems to be backing down after working all offseason to make Michigan look like a villain over the NCAA not granting immediate eligibility to transfer James Hudson.

Hudson was a redshirt freshman at Michigan last year and appeared in three games as a right tackle. His mother asked for a meeting with Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh that took place on Oct. 22, 2018, two days after the Wolverines’ win over Michigan State.

The meeting was said to be abrupt. Later that day, Hudson decided to enter his name into the transfer portal.

Harbaugh contends that the meeting was about playing time and that Hudson was upset he had been surpassed on the depth chart for the Michigan State game. The coach said Hudson was surpassed because of an injury.

Hudson decided to transfer to Cincinnati and sought a waiver to be granted immediate eligibility to play. The waiver request was denied, as was Hudson’s appeal.

Hudson, his mother, and Fickell then embarked on a smear campaign aimed at Michigan, blaming them and Harbaugh for not helping out the player, who says he was dealing with depression at Michigan.