Jim Harbaugh says Michigan football will play a game on 'foreign soil'

Nick Baumgardner
Detroit Free Press

CHICAGO — Jim Harbaugh has wanted to play a regular-season football game in another country for a while now. 

And Friday, the Michigan football head coach said that's probably going to happen soon. 


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Harbaugh wouldn't reveal the opponent or the destination, just saying an announcement should be on the way. A Michigan spokesman told the Free Press on Friday that no agreement for a game on foreign soil has been finalized.

"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 open to scheduling a game abroad. At the time, he said U-M had engaged in some "preliminary discussions" about the possibility. 

That now appears to be happening. 

As of now, Michigan doesn't have an open date on its football schedule until 2022. 

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