The Big Ten admits Jim Harbaugh’s sideline tantrum was justified, after Oregan punter Nick Porebski bobbled the ball. In a radio interview, Harbaugh said officials contacted him following Saturday’s game and expressed regret for the call they made against Michigan’s Jeremy Clark.
“They would rather not have thrown a flag on that. That’s what they said,” recalled Harbaugh.
During the game Porebski struggled to catch a snap and took several steps right before he punted the ball.
Harbaugh said of the play, “Once a punter goes outside the tackle box and you don’t know whether he’s a runner or going to punt the ball. He’s afforded the same protection a quarterback would be when he’s outside of the pocket. If he throws the ball, he can be hit like a quarterback. If you take more than two steps, then that becomes a personal foul.”
Harbaugh went wild after officials called a personal foul on Clark, yelling and throwing his papers down to the ground.
The veteran couch was unapologetic about his reaction: “That should not have been a penalty.”
However he did acknowledge that he sometimes gets it wrong.
“There was another play earlier in the game – just to show how it looks,” he said. “I didn’t see the play and looked up at the Jumbotron and just saw the very end and thought it was an illegal play. When I watched it on the coaches film, it was a foul, it was an offensive foul. I was wrong on that one. I stood corrected on that.”
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