CHICAGO — To say the end of last season was bitter for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football team would be an understatement.
Through the first nine games, the Wolverines were undefeated and ranked second in the nation, poised to make an appearance in the playoffs in just Harbaugh’s second year. That, after all, was the expectation for a senior-laden team that ended the previous year with a 41-7 thrashing of Florida.
Everything, it seemed, was going according to plan. And then it all fell apart.
As much as he would’ve liked to play soccer Monday afternoon, Jim Harbaugh simply couldn’t.
Bothered by a hip flexor injury suffered earlier this month while playing softball against staff and camp members at Camp Michigania, Harbaugh stood by the side and watched as members of the Michigan football team participated in soccer and football related activities with players from AS Roma, an Italian soccer club.