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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.

Jim Harbaugh attends parent and player protest of Big Ten football season 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.

The Daily's football beat will miss the energy of football gamedays.

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:

Ryan Hayes has grown into a leader along Michigan's offensive line.

“Ryan Hayes has taken that leadership role on the O-line,” Paye said Thursday. “I feel like he’s been getting those guys right.”

Kwity Paye is awaiting word from the Big Ten and NCAA regarding the status of Michigan's season before deciding on his NFL Draft status.

There’s been rumors about start dates anytime between October to March. But for now, the rumors are just that, and Paye knows as well as anyone how quickly things can change.

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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.

The Michigan athletic department eliminated 21 positions on Tuesday.

The Michigan athletic department laid off 21 people on Tuesday, per a release from the department.

According to athletic director Warde Manuel, Michigan could lost $100 million without a football season.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel didn’t mince words when discussing the financial impact of the Big Ten’s decision to postpone the 2020 football season.

The Michigan football team runs out under the banner before every game.

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.

Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds leads a student athlete BLM protest throughout Ann Arbor Sunday afternoon.

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.