COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh is calling for the NCAA to look into one rule aspect of the college football world.Harbaugh, who’s both benefited and victimized from major college football transfers, would like the NCAA to look into transfer rules.Michigan has landed former five-star quarterback Shea Patterson from Ole Miss, but the Wolverines have also lost some former top prospects in Aubrey Solomon and James Hudson.The NCAA now has a “transfer portal,” making college football transfers even more talked about.Harbaugh recently said on his “Attack Each Day” podcast that the NCAA needs to look into its transfer rules.“It needs to be decided, too, amongst everybody across the college football landscape how it’s going to be treated,” Harbaugh said. “It was a case where, if you decided to transfer, you had to sit out a year from playing a sport – you’re ineligible. Or is that that anybody has a one-time transfer that they can make? A one-time transfer rule. Right now, I don’t know where we’re at. Somewhere in the abyss?”Harbaugh isn’t the only one who feels this way.The Michigan head coach is not anti-transfer, though. He’ll gladly support a player leaving his program if it’s not a good fit.“Yeah, we’ve had that experience,” Harbaugh said. “Ja’Raymond Hall was a young man who came in as a mid-year. Within a couple weeks, he wanted to, he asked to be able to transfer. The thing I counseled him on was – one: if you transfer right now, you’ll violate this NLI rule, which I believe, at that time, you had to sit out for two years. Plus, you’d be leaving without passing a semester’s worth of classes. My advice to Ja’Raymond was: right now, you and me, we’ll sit down and circle this date on the calendar. One year from now. Give it your absolute best, pass classes, get the education. Work hard as a football player to improve as much as you can, and a year from now, if you feel the same way, yes – we’ll grant you that permission to speak to other schools.”You can view his full comments here.
EAMON DUNPHY SAYS it’s time for Giovanni Trapattoni to walk away from the Ireland job.The RTÉ football panellist says the Italian doesn’t do enough to justify his FAI salary, which is supplemented by businessman Denis O’Brien.Ireland were hammered 6-1 at home to Germany on Friday night and the Italian faces yet more problems in the camp ahead of tomorrow night’s Faroe Islands test.“I think he’s taking us for a ride to be honest,” Dunphy said on Today FM earlier. “He’s getting a lot of money and there’s very little work involved.”“When Mick McCarthy left the job he actually didn’t take a pay off, he walked and it was a very honourable thing to do,” he continued.“Trap will tell you and he told the press that he was doing a great job, that we’ve moved up the world rankings and by implication, the players aren’t good enough. He doesn’t know enough about the players and he’s the one getting the €1.8million and he has to be at the matches in my view.” Today’s Irish Independent suggests Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli could be sacked within the week — and Dunphy reckons one-time Ireland player, Owen Coyle, could be the man to fill the role.“There are managers out there,” he told Ray D’Arcy. “Owen Coyle was a very good manager at Burnley, he went to Bolton and didn’t do so well. But I like him, he’s got a lot of character, he’s a passionate guy and he’d know the players. This is the problem, this man does not know these players because he hasn’t seen them playing consistently. And you have to know the difference between Shane Long who didn’t start on Friday night and Simon Cox who did. “The other problem is that they won’t be able to sell the tickets to the Aviva. Germany are an attraction but when we play the Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan, Austria and Sweden, that stadium will be pretty empty. And that’s a real problem.“So the FAI have a big decision to make and if they don’t make the right decision — which is to pay him off and get a better manager — the consequences will be dire. So it’s a lose-lose situation.”Stephen Kelly persuaded to board Faroes flight after management bust-up – reports read more