Coach Harbaugh was on the Mitch Albom Show yesterday for an interview, which apparently went pretty well. I can't find a link to the podcast, but MLive has a summary and some quotes.
Harbaugh on Bo Schembechler: "I'm living about five houses from him, where he lived in Ann Arbor. There's probably not a day that goes by where I'm going into work and I say 'Bo probably made his left (here or right there).' ... You're always reminded of his work ethic and his love for football and coaching at the University of Michigan."
"He molded your DNA. He's got a way, like a raw iron that they put into one of those ovens. He can mold it, twist it. ... He had a will, an iron will that molded men and I'm fortunate to be one of the thousands who benefitted from his teaching."
Here's Albom's take on the Harbaugh hiring. In it he takes the opportunity to take a shot at U-M fans, calling the way they tracked his hiring "embarassing."
Sunday edition special and Rich seems pretty candid with his responses:
A couple of highlights: (Sorry no text boxes, still learning that.)
M: Do you hear a ticking clock on your time here?
R: Oh, I know there's the talk out there, because we get it used against us in recruiting. But do I have a heightened sense of urgency? I don't know if it can get more heightened than it always is. Sure, we need to win and we need to have success. But I've always felt that way
M: What would be a failure in your mind this season?
R: If we're not in the conversation as far as competing for a Big Ten championship and if we're not playing top 25 football by the end of the year.
M: Why is Tate Forcier not further ahead than the others, based on games he started last year?
R: It's really been the other things with him. From a football standpoint, he always works hard. But to advance, certainly at this level, you've gotta do all the other things right -- academically, off the field. ... And if you're always in our doghouse, so to speak, because of (those) other issues, then it's gonna slow your progress down
M: Was that an assumption you now regret?
R: Well, I think, the class that graduated ... Chad Henne and Mike Hart and Shawn Crable ... that class ... that's a special group. Those kind don't come along very often. And so for me to assume that the guys behind them would have been at that level ... that was a mistake.
Overall, a really good read.
Mitch Albom addresses RR's job security in the Freep today and actually gets it mostly right. In case you don't want to link, the main quote goes as follows:
"But I will say this to the Maize-and-Blue Nation. Be careful what you wish for.
And ask yourself who you want to be.
Do you want to be a program that hires and fires football coaches with the frequency of a lousy NBA franchise? Remember, every time a college coach is fired, dozens of players who had a personal commitment from the man are left hanging. You don't trade them. You don't buy new ones. Meanwhile, dozens of high school recruits are tossed into the air of uncertainty. And money -- which could be going to academic resources -- is instead paid to men who are no longer on the job."
The rest of the article is here:
I know I shouldn't expect anything more from the Freep or Albom than poorly researched articles but it never fails to amaze me that one of the most critically acclaimed sports writers in Detroit and possibly the country is so poorly versed in things that the average sports fan knows.
In today's column Mitch is talking about Tate's nerves of steel in his ascent to awesomeness. He notes (incorrectly) that just last year Tate was carrying his school books down a high school hallway.
Tate was home-schooled.
Maybe I'm so far buried in Mgoblog that I assume things like this are common knowledge, but c'mon, it is Mitch's job to know such things.
At least now we know Mitch's interview with Brian wasn't an act, he really doesn't know anything about mgoblog, which may be more pathetic than lying about it.
No link provided for obvious reasons (don't know how to do the magical link that doesn't count as a hit).
Wanted to link over to mvictors where they have an interview between Tate and Mitch Albom. Mitch comes across as an ass (surprise!) but I love the quote from Tate at the end.
"We gotta destroy them."
Doesn't sound like they're taking Eastern lightly.