Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press
Published 11:42 AM EDT Jul 19, 2019
CHICAGO — Jim Harbaugh’s talked about playing a regular-season football game in another country for a while now.
And Friday, Michigan football’s head coach said that’s probably going to happen at some point soon.
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Harbaugh wouldn’t reveal the opponent or the destination, just saying an announcement should be on the way.
“You can talk to (athletic director Warde Manuel) about this. But I think we’re really close to announcing playing another team on foreign soil,” Harbaugh said after being asked a question about whether or not he’d be open to playing a game in Mexico City. “I won’t say what it is. Have you heard about this? I’d better not say it because they’re probably not ready to release that yet.
“I think there’s something imminent. … An announcement soon on that.”
Back when Michigan took its first offseason trip abroad to Italy in 2017, Harbaugh told reporters he was absolutely open to one day scheduling a game abroad. At the time, he said U-M had already engaged in some “preliminary discussions” about the possibility.
That now appears to be happening.
As of right now, Michigan doesn’t have an open date on its future football schedule until 2022.
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