Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't had a lot of success against Ohio State. Actually, he hasn't had any success against Ohio State, with an 0-5 record in matchups with the Buckeyes since his arrival in 2015.
So that frustration, combined with the overall frustration in a time completely disrupted by coronavirus, combined with a picture that may have indicated Ohio State was starting their workouts earlier than was allowed... it all just boiled over, and Harbaugh called out Buckeyes coach Ryan Day for what is very possibly a legitimate reason. Still, the Ohio State coach didn't receive it well, practically telling Harbaugh to just mind his own business, and students got hyped, and players got flared up, and one of the greatest rivalries in sports continued to produce exhilarating drama.
A notable example of a former player who weighed in on the drama was current Cowboys and former Buckeyes stud Ezekiel Elliott, who holds two of the top-five rushing seasons in program history and is in the all-time top-five in rushing yards and touchdowns despite playing for only two full seasons. He played a large part in two victories over the Wolverines, one in 2014 (128 total yards, two touchdowns) and one in 2015 (221 total yards, two touchdowns).
He's triumphed over Michigan before and he wants to see his alma mater triumph over them again. And, apparently, he doesn't take his former team being ratted on too kindly.
This isn't the first time Zeke has dissed Michigan. In fact, he threw some shade their way after Pro Football Focus lauded their pass defense, year after year.
And then, of course, there was the time that Zeke took a direct shot at Harbaugh soon after graduating.
“I am tired of hearing about coach Harbaugh,” Elliott said in 2016 on The Paul Finebaum Show (via Detroit News). “He needs to check with reality because at the end of the day you can’t talk smack about a rivalry when you haven’t won a rivalry game. You’ve got to win ballgames to talk behind it.”
As Yates mentions in the embedded tweet, Day said that he'd put up triple digits in response to the accusation, but having guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Chase Young on the roster would make that a little easier. Triple digits might be a tad difficult to come by anyway, as the closest this rivalry has gotten to that margin was when Michigan won 86-0 all the way back in 1902. Still, OSU was ranked No. 2 in the 2020 preseason coaches poll, trailing only Clemson, whereas Michigan is ranked at No. 15.
The Buckeyes will host the Wolverines on October 24th in this season's adjusted schedule, should the season take place at all.