M-wolverine posted a few days ago an interview--from which this quote probably originated--about Barwis and his new venture in Plymouth, MI. True, there's a chance he's trying to make for good P.R. in the state, but I believe, based on his history, that his quotes are sincere and genuine. He certainly conducts himself like a Michigan Man would. I leave it to the mgoblog community though to determine if he actually is a Michigan Man (no RR-flame wars wanted. thanks).
"It definitely exposed me to connections with some really good people in a community that was not within my field — that's something that's really blossomed," Barwis said. "It was a neat experience to be able to meet good people who are great Michigan supporters and ended up becoming really good friends. Those relationships are something I've never had a lot of because I was always so involved with the athletes, but Michigan is really unique that way."