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Jim Harbaugh, Jim McElwain Trade Barbs Ahead Of Michigan-Florida Opener

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The (real) opening weekend of college football shouldn’t be lacking in excitement. There are several marquee matchup with potential College Football Playoff implications right off the bat.

One of the games that is getting quite a bit of publicity is that of the Michigan Wolverines hosting the Florida Gators. Both teams are expected to compete at a high level on the field, but their coaches are getting the action started well before kickoff.

Florida coach Jim McElwain has been critical of Jim Harbaugh’s perceived secrecy. The Michigan coach has yet to release his roster, something that drew the ire of McElwain earlier this month:

“We haven’t gone into Michigan true prep at all. When you guys get their roster, let me know. Maybe I can figure out who we’re playing,” McElwain told reporters.

Today Harbaugh decided to fire back with a little humor. He released his roster. Only catch is, it isn’t his current Michigan roster. It’s a “who’s who” of talented, football playing Michigan alumni.

Not a bad list to keep around for recruiting purposes. Tom Brady is going to pick the Gators defensive apart.

McElwain didn’t seem amused. Rather than jab back with something in-kind, he admonished Harbaugh’s behavior, and questioned his reasons for doing it:

Not to be outdone, Harbaugh fired back again, this time with a more traditional response. It was just as good:

Fair criticism. For as secretive as Harbaugh has been with his roster, McElwain has been just as elusive in naming his starting quarterback. There are three viable options at the position for him, all with different skill sets.

With the game rapidly approaching, it’ll be difficult for either team to game plan without knowing what personnel the other team will have at their disposal.

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CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a New York city based stand-up comedian. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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