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Colorado's got jokes, but Jim Harbaugh isn't laughing.

Earlier this week, the Buffaloes — due to the fact that the Wolverines do not release a depth chart — worked up their own parody of their Week 3 opponent's depth chart for their game notes. It made the rounds on the Internet because it was funny, featuring mostly movie characters and other famous names in place of actual Michigan players.

In case you missed it, here's what it looked like:

Well, Harbaugh didn't find it funny. He viewed it as a bit of a slight, it would seem, and instead of addressing the humorous efforts of the Colorado sports information department, he launched into a defense of why Michigan doesn't do depth charts.

"I saw the depth chart," Harbaugh said, his quotes published by "I was trying to imagine how many people sat around and how many hours they worked on that. We've just found, I mean, when it comes to the depth chart — modern technology seems to have made the depth chart an out-dated task by about 20 years. We've found studying last week's film of the opponent is the most accurate way of determining another team's depth chart.


"There's so much written about the team that's on the Internet. For those of us who can or do watch the games — they're all on television now as well — we just felt like modern technology was the most accurate way of knowing what the opponent's depth chart is by looking at the previous week's film. And not relying on another PR director's assessment of what the depth chart is."

Hey, Jim, lighten up.