Luke Fickell Has Fired Back At Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh continue to trade barbs over the James Hudson transfer waiver saga.

Hudson, a former Wolverines player, transferred into the Bearcats’ program, and hoped to get a waiver to play right away from the NCAA, citing mental health reasons.

The NCAA denied Hudson’s waiver this spring, saying that Cincinnati was more than 100 miles from his hometown, while stating that he had no record of mental health issues at Michigan. The NCAA has since denied another appeal from Hudson, making him ineligible until 2020.

Fickell has blamed Harbaugh for essentially blocking Hudson’s waiver.

“Here’s what I believe in the whole waiver process: the number one, most important thing, and all the power, comes from the school that a kid is leaving. No matter what,” Fickell told The Athletic. “(Michigan) didn’t back the waiver. They can say what they want to say, but the only thing they said that was positive was that if the NCAA chooses to make (Hudson) eligible, then they would accept it — that they didn’t have an angle. They are just trying to cover their ass. And I’m really, completely disappointed in it.

“They can say they didn’t undermine it, but they didn’t work to help the kid out.”

Harbaugh responded to that criticism earlier this week, saying Fickell doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He alleged that Fickell tried to get Harbaugh to tell the NCAA that things were worse with Hudson than they really were.

“Coach Fickell tried to coach me on how to say it differently,” he said on Tuesday night. “Not saying it in that way. I told him, ‘I’m not gonna lie.’”

Fickell has since responded to those allegations, speaking to the media after practice.

Fickell on the spring phone call with Harbaugh: “It was kind of cold. It was short. It wasn’t a long conversation. It wasn’t hard to figure out what their stance was. They supposedly weren’t going to hold (James Hudson’s waiver) up, but they weren’t going to help him.”

— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019

More on the phone call: “I’ve got notes if you want them. Nothing more than asking, ‘hey, what’s your stance on James? Are you going to help the kid?'”

— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019

“… Just like I called coach Day at Ohio State and Coach Saban at Alabama. I did nothing different than what I did with those guys and the results are different.”

— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019

Fickell, a former Ohio State player and assistant coach, is no longer an official rival of Michigan, though he’s clearly helping one develop at Cincinnati.

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