ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh fired back at a commentator who criticized him for not releasing a depth chart after Harbaugh complained about Purdue's locker room and medical facilities.
Harbaugh held a press conference Monday and expressed his concerns about the lack of air conditioning in Purdue's locker room and the absence of X-ray capabilities on-site.
Afterward, Tim Brando of Fox Sports tweeted a response that appeared to take a shot at Harbaugh's offseason tactic of not releasing an official roster.
"I'll begin supporting Harbaugh's rant on locker room issues at Purdue as soon as he gives those broadcasting his games a depth chart," Brando tweeted.
Well, Harbaugh couldn't have that.
At 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Harbaugh responded, quoting Brando's tweet with one of his own.
"Get a depth chart and you will support player safety," Harbaugh tweeted. "Difficult to understand your pundit rationale, but very revealing!"
Harbaugh also tagged ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt in the tweet, who apparently brought up the depth chart issue while talking about Harbaugh's rant during his show. Van Pelt clarified that he wasn't equating the two, and that he understood one was important while another is trivial.
As I said last night, everything you said was reasonable. I was not the equating the two as the same thing. Only as being reasonable.— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) September 26, 2017
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It's clear that's how it was received. Should be clear in saying two things are reasonable that one is important and the other really isn't.— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) September 26, 2017
Brando later tweeted that his point was Harbaugh shouldn't have ranted about a fellow Big Ten team's facilities.
Classy. I'll say this 1 last time. My thoughts on Harbaugh's diatribe were based on his going public on fellow Conference member! Not safety— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) September 26, 2017