Jim Harbaugh Not Happy With Purdue's Locker Room Conditions

Jim Harbaugh Not Happy With Purdue's Locker Room Conditions

MI coach Jim Harbaugh says it was an "egregious" hit that injured Wilton Speight and that the facilities at Purdue weren't sufficient to handle the Wolverines quarterback's injury.

In a lengthy, four-paragraph retort to Harbaugh's passionate plea to the Big Ten for regulation over visiting football locker rooms, Purdue University said Monday it would be willing to participate in a conference-wide discussion to set guidelines. He demanded the Big Ten to look into this situation.

"There has to be a minimum standard of care for the players", Harbaugh said. He called Purdue's locker room unsanitary and "unsportsmanlike". "It looks like it's from the '20s. There's not even a private door around [the bathroom area]". We put a lot of emphasis on health and safety of the players, but it didn't even seem sanitary.

"It's 2017", Harbaugh said.

Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal & Courier wrote in July that the next step in Purdue's football renovations includes work being done at Ross-Ade Stadium to build a new locker room on gamedays.

He also complained to reporters that the amenities offered to the visitors at Purdue, which just built a brand new football facility, were poor and that he wants the Big Ten to look into it as well. There have been advancements, and our stadiums need to reflect that.

Harbaugh said MI will send the tape to the Big Ten office and ask for an explanation on why a penalty wasn't called, especially in light of player safety concerns.

Before the game, Purdue wide receiver Gregory Phillips told ESPN, "It's going to be a surprise when people see us beat MI".

Harbaugh said he hoped that Delany would address the issue immediately. "Urge my fellow coaches to weigh in as well and get their thoughts", Harbaugh said. "I think it's something we can all agree on".

Less than 10 minutes into the game, Speight was sacked by a blitzing linebacker who flew untouched into the backfield. No. 7 MI has a bye, but it's not clear when Speight will be healthy enough to return. In the Pac-12 when we coached there ... you can keep going on.

Harbaugh said Speight is "a very tough guy" and "hopeful to be back soon". But Harbaugh's complaints about Wilson's hit paled in comparison for the disdain he displayed regarding the standard of care MI received at Purdue.

Fifth-year senior John O'Korn replaced Speight and led MI to a 28-10 victory.

In his place, John O'Korn stepped up and led four touchdown drives in the win over the Boilermakers.

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