Notebook: Jim Harbaugh press conference

News and notes regarding Jim Harbaugh's Monday press conference.

The media gathered for Jim Harbaugh's weekly press conference on Monday as Michigan prepares to battle Illinois after the bye week.

Here are the news and notes from Harbaugh's availability.

Knee braces no longer optional, update on Newsome's status:

After a serious knee injury sidelined offensive lineman Grant Newsome for the remainder of the season, Harbaugh told the media on Monday that knee braces for the offensive lineman are no longer optional.

"[Knee braces are] no longer optional," Harbaugh said. "All lineman are wearing knee braces."

While on the topic of Newsome, Harbaugh also gave an update to his status as well.

"There's been good progress and he still has more surgeries to go," he said.

Harbaugh's busy week:

Harbaugh and the rest of the U-M coaching staff had a busy week recruiting during the bye. Making his trip to the West Coast, Harbaugh made headlines as he participated in a few activities during his stop to a couple of California high school football games. Including announcing the Homecoming winner and becoming a member of the chain gang.

"I was asked to announce the winner of the Homecoming game," Harbaugh said. "Tatiana Mendez was the winner. It was great to be apart of the activity. For the chain gang, they needed a guy and was promised a tri-tip steak sandwich at halftime and it was all I needed to hear."

Praise for Mike McCray:

Linebacker Mike McCray continues to have a breakout season for the Wolverines and Harbaugh sung his praises on Monday. If Harbaugh shares his praise for you as a player to the media, you know it's sincere.

"[Mike McCray is] having a tremendous year," Harbaugh said. "He's really been a consistently good performer, an ascending player. He gets his job done and is leader on the field. He's just consistently good. Day in and day out, not a lot of fanfare and never any drama. Just a good football player."

For more on the Harbaugh press conference, see the video above.

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