The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
So, I had a unique experience today visiting an Oregon State booster event where we got to tour the football facilities, watch a game prep practice (for Weber St) and do a Q&A with Gary Anderson and their new AD from UCF.
So first off, I felt like it would be sacrilegious to wear anything but Michigan gear to the event, so I had on khakis, a blue Michigan top and my Michigan hat :P For obvious reasons, I got quite a few death glares at the event and quite a few Michigan zingers that I expected to hear.
Gary Andersen on Harbaugh:
Where the event got interesting was when Gary came out to do a Q&A. Someone asked a question, and he gave a short answer, then he turns to me and stops the Q&A and says (paraphrasing) “Wow, you have a lot of balls, you must really love Michigan” which got tons of laughs, we then conversed a little in front of about a hundred boosters, and he talked about his previous meetings with Michigan which was interesting. He said that he’s very excited for the M game and that he sees it as a great indicator of where his team will go this year. He then applauded our coaching hire saying “I mean geez, you guys hired the coolest coach in football period.. If you don’t believe me, ask Jim” which was kind of a knock on Harbaughs ego, but I thought it was humorous. Overall, he’s a pretty nice guy, and came off pretty classy to me. His prediction: Oregon State wins a close one.
Football Practice Tidbits:
First off, Gary said they will be using a 2 QB system throughout the year, and from what I can see, their QB situation is pretty dismal. Quite a few overthrows and almost interceptions throughout practice.
Also, they will apparently be using their starting WR to kick field goals! I’ve never heard of that happening. I didn’t see any kicking in practice so I’m not sure how good he is. After watching their practice, I think they’ll be a decent opponent, but if we don’t win, I will be mildly depressed haha.
The Oregon helmet upside was humerous to me, and apparently Beaver fans call them TTDS (that team down south).
It was cool to see their heisman trophy up close.
Maybe Adidas aint so bad?
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double edited because some people like the brightness and bad logos