Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh changed his tune Monday on at least one thing, as he is suspended from games for the remainder of the regular season over the school’s sign-stealing scandal.
Harbaugh mentioned his about-face on chickens during his press conference. He had reportedly called the chickens «nervous birds» and cited this as one of the reasons he did not like the animal.
Now, Harbaugh owns chickens and seems to have a complete change of heart.
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«I have chickens. We have chickens,» Harbaugh explained, via 247 Sports. «That was the year of COVID, 2020, Easter. I went to Tractor Supply. And that was before I think they shut things down. But I went to Tractor Supply, bought my chickens, brought them home for Easter. And just chicks ‘Here children.’ And they loved them, they loved those chickens for about a week.
«And then the chicks became teenage chickens and then adult chickens. All chickens, egg layers. I’m the one who takes care of them. And the respect I have for chickens.
«I know there was a time when I said that chicken is a nervous bird. ‘I don’t eat chicken; I only eat meat.’ But I was completely wrong. I’m right. These chickens are low maintenance and high production. They lay one egg every 26 or 27 hours. And they need water, they need food.»
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He added that he also plays with chickens and credited them with being good for his mental health and being «highly productive.»
The chicken topic arose in 2018 bleach report story when then-quarterback Wilton Speight shared the now-famous Harbaugh story. Speight said Harbaugh told him not to eat chicken because, as the coach said, «he’s a nervous bird.»
«He believes that some type of disease was injected into the human population when people started eating white meat instead of beef and pork,» Speight said. «And he believes it 100%.»
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Apparently people can change over time.