Jim Harbaugh is the Gary Busey of college football coaches. Part of the Harbaugh secret sauce is that he’s always unpredictable and has a look in his eye like a guy that could shank you with a toothbrush. He gets people out of their comfort zone and revels in the awkward aftermath. To his utter delight, he has gotten under the skin of Nick Saban and other coaches by aggressively pushing the envelope in recruiting with satellite camps and other nontraditional tactics, including, but not limited to, sleepovers and rap video cameos.
When dealing with the media, Harbaugh often looks like he would prefer ripping their still-beating hearts out of their chests and howling maniacally in the moonlight while bathed in their blood, rather than answering basic questions.
Yesterday, Captain Comeback had another cringe worthy exchange with the local press. He got testy when asked follow up questions about two players that were suspended and did not appear in the team photo. He wasn’t amused with follow up, and walked out of the press conference, in vintage Harbaugh fashion.
Jim Harbaugh was pissed at this press conference today ? pic.twitter.com/SVgVs9XG4t
— Kenny E (@Kenny_623) August 16, 2016
Today in The Herd, Nick Wright filled in for Colin, and pointed out that even though Harbaugh might be the best football coach on any level, throwing temper tantrums to local reporters over nothing questions isn’t a good look.
“When you make 35 times what the governor makes, you’re gonna have to answer questions like the governor. That’s the rules. And to get so abrasive about it. Like those guys are asking you, ‘What did you and your wife do last night?’ They’re not. You had some players missing, two of them were suspended, which two? That’s part of the job.”
Harbaugh and the Wolverines are a preseason Top 5 team in many preseason polls, but the question with Harbaugh isn’t whether he’ll win, it’s how long does he stay before his abrasive personality wears out his welcome with his employer. Enjoy every second of Harbaugh, Michigan fans, you never know how long it’s gonna last before he takes a blowtorch to the whole thing.
Bet YES on both of these:
Jim Harbaugh coaches in National Championship in next 3 yrs & isn’t at Michigan in 5 yrs.https://t.co/X6nl0ZR7Tb
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 16, 2016