Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh met with media members in a Zoom call on Monday, leading into the first week of the 2020 season.

Detroit Free Press

This has been an offseason unlike any other for programs across the country, but especially for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan football.  

Six months ago, the Wolverines were preparing to begin spring practices when the COVID-19 outbreak canceled all athletic activities. The players scattered across the country, with some returning home and others staying near campus. Schembechler Hall, where the team would usually meet to work out and practice, stayed closed. 

Eventually, Michigan was allowed to resume offseason workouts. The players returned in June and began preparing for a fall season. The program was inundated with questions of whether they would play this fall. A schedule was released. Then came the bombshell in mid-August: The Big Ten was postponing all fall sports.