On the day the Michigan football team was supposed to kick off its season against Washington, several Wolverine players and parents instead gathered at Michigan Stadium to protest the season’s postponement.
Originally, the plan was for Saturday’s protest to go from the tunnel entrance of the Big House to South University Avenue, where University President Mark Schlissel resides. Organizers scrapped that due to construction.
If they hadn’t, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh would have been protesting outside his president’s house.
On Saturday, the Michigan football team would have been opening its season against Washington in Seattle. Next week, it would have been opening its home slate against Ball State in Ann Arbor. And The Daily would have been there for it all. Instead, like everyone else, we’ll be sitting at home, missing the joys of fall.
So on the day that Michigan’s season would have started, here’s what we’ll miss most:
The decision earlier this month to cancel the season, Harbaugh says, was hastily made and did not take players’ voices into consideration. Now, he has public support from his brother John, the Baltimore Ravens’ head coach.
This Saturday, the banner will keep gathering dust. Instead of opening the season with a trip to Washington, a parent protest on the season’s postponement is the only event scheduled at Michigan Stadium for the foreseeable future. If there is a football season, be it in January, April or sometime in between, it’s an open question whether the banner, a landmark ubiquitous to the football program since 1962, will be used.
When Tariq Speights reached out to him earlier this month with the idea of an athlete-led protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wis., Hunter Reynolds knew there was a unique opportunity at hand.