Harbaugh rips poor facilities at Purdue

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on September 25th, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Harbaugh -- will do for visiting team "standard of care for the visitors" on multiple levels.....this is coming off Purdue game...

— angelique (@chengelis) September 25, 2017

Harbaugh "gamesmanship that is not sportsmanlike....locker rooms too small" no ac, no heat

— angelique (@chengelis) September 25, 2017

Harbaugh -- "gamesmanship should cease at the line of health and safety for the players"

— angelique (@chengelis) September 25, 2017

Harbaugh says it's not just Purdue, but he's absolutely blasting Ross Ade facilities. Said training table looked like it was from 1920s.

— Matt Pargoff (@MaizeBlueNews) September 25, 2017

Harbaugh wishes he had taken a picture of injury table at Purdue.
"I mean, it looked it was from the '20s," had rips/tears

— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) September 25, 2017

Urban Meyer agrees that that "Absolutely" there should be a standard for visiting locker room facilities etc. for programs in Big Ten.

— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) September 25, 2017

Purdue owes @CoachJim4UM an apology. This is embarrassing.

— Hammer & Rails (@HammerAndRails) September 25, 2017

Comments

jocular_jock

September 25th, 2017 at 3:56 PM ^

You cant just plop an xray machine anywhere. You need shielding and a room designed for it. Also, with emerging technologies and improved imaging, why would it make sense for a university without a med school to be investing in this. Better to just send him offsite. Anyways, they said it was a soft-tissue thing so he probably got an MRI to evaluate that which is even more of a pain to install. 

Also, TCF Bank Stadium doesnt have an x-ray either and that was brand new in 2009.

bluebyyou

September 25th, 2017 at 2:01 PM ^

More concerning is the lack of a neck brace.  There should be certain requirements as to what medical equipment needs to be available at the game regardless of where it is played.  If that includes an X-ray machine, then so be it.  There is at least one hospital in Lafayette or West Lafayette, so that piece definitely exists.

The AC issue is very problematic as that is no small thing when you have the type of heat that was present last Saturday. The B1G needs to deal with this problem and fast.

panthera leo fututio

September 25th, 2017 at 1:43 PM ^

It's not such a stretch to think that Kekoa Crawford's leg cramps were related to the locker room conditions. Obviously, the heat on the field matters a lot more. But losing sweat as you sit in a sweltering room at halftime* isn't going to make you less likely to cramp up.

*I imagine that Crawford was one of the guys sitting on air conditioned bus at halftime, but general point stands: exposing players to excess heat can have real impacts on player health.

Hail Harbo

September 25th, 2017 at 8:33 PM ^

Evidently Michigan did a walk through of the facilities on July 18th and made no complaints.  Moreover, they were given a vistors handbook which stated in bold letters that there was no AC available in the visitor's locker room.  Additionally, the handbook stated that alternate facilities with AC could be made available if the visiting team wished to utilize them.

Bando Calrissian

September 25th, 2017 at 10:41 PM ^

And this is where the problem is. If Michigan knew, some of this is on game ops/Schembechler Hall.

That being said, Purdue is sitll significantly on the hook for having a Bear Bryant-at-A&M Junction Boys locker room in 2017. At a basic level, player safety trumps all, especially if you're so aware of the safety issues that you PUT THEM IN THE VISITORS' HANDBOOK LIKE THIS.

Yeoman

September 26th, 2017 at 12:17 AM ^

"Well, Coach, there's a dorm lounge you can use that's got A/C. There'll probably be some students in there watching TV and it's a couple of miles up the hill on the other side of campus, but if you and your boys want to run over there during halftime just let us know."