This is now about the "heroes of the Civil Rights movement" being disappointed in black people? James Meredith wanted to go to college because he wanted an education. Cam Newton had to go to college in order to make a living playing football. If he valued education too highly (one way: to not play football in college) he'd be making a bad investment in his own future.
The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.