Michigan's Jim Harbaugh rips Purdue's locker room: 'Looks like it was from the 1920s'
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wasn't impressed with his opponent's visiting locker room on Saturday.
During his session with the media on Monday, Harbaugh went on a rant to criticize Purdue's visitor's locker room. He was upset with its appearance, size and pretty much everything about it. He even called on the Big Ten to step in and set up a “minimum standard of care."
Here's his rant, edited for clarity, as transcribed by Land of 10:
“We are going to look at everything we are going to do for the visiting team, as it relates to a standard of care for the visitors. On multiple levels. It’s become apparent after going around to all the visiting schools in the last couple years that it’s a conscious effort of gamesmanship. It is unsportsmanlike when you have locker rooms that are too small. They’re not heated or cooled properly. There’s no air conditioning in this case, such a tight, cramped environment.
“People walking by, they’re watching you dress. A number of urinals or bathrooms for players, I think there were two. There’s not even a private door around it. And then mainly the health and safety of the players. Very small space for a training room that had nothing different. This is no different than the facility I saw in 1986. I’m not putting this on Purdue. This needs to be addressed by the league and by the commissioner. We’re going to lead the way.
“It doesn’t even seem sanitary. You were all in there. We already talked about the heat. And it seems to be a conscious effort to gamesmanship, gain an advantage over an opponent. I wish i would have taken a picture of the actual table that is given to the visitors to put the players on when they are injured. It looks like it was from the 20s. It was ripped. it’s just not good.
“I asked (defensive coordinator) Don Brown, did you see this in the ACC? Not there, not in the Pac-12. Injured players taken to a student health center in a van? There’s a lot of things that need to be addressed.”
Video of his comments can be viewed below:
Harbaugh admitted there is a certain tactic in making your opponents' locker room worse than the home one, but he feels like this crosses a line. We'll have to wait and see if the Big Ten actually does decide to take action on Purdue.