Ball Hawk

June 9th, 2016 at 9:05 AM ^

Harbaugh is setting up for the big show in the fall. All of the kids know who Harbaugh is and had a great experience with him, will turn on their TVs and follow Michigan football every Saturday. When Harbaugh starts winning this fall, lots of kids will be dreaming of going to Michigan to play football.


June 9th, 2016 at 9:26 AM ^

As a (pre-Ross) Michigan MBA, what I find most interesting about this article is that Business Schools are starting to case-study Harbaugh's approach, analyzing him like an industry "disrupter" and comparing him to game-changing entities like Uber.

They have a point . . . Harbaugh feeds on motion and activity and chaos, but everything he does has a strategy behind it.  He is an insurgent changing the game.

And just like any industry disrupter, the established powers don't like it.  But they're not sure what to do about it other than name-calling and trying to get legislation passed to protect their turf.

It never works.  Like Uber, Harbaugh ain't going anywhere.

Craptain Crunch

June 9th, 2016 at 10:28 AM ^

That JMFH is a disrupter. His love and passion for the game can not be questioned. I don't know if you can point to anyone else in football who does more for the game than he does. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to him winning games, especially the important ones, while being the HC at Michigan. All of what he does will be for naught if he is unable to secure B1G titles, playoff game wins, and possibly a NC champtionship(s) win. We all know his history of success and hopefully he will continue to do so at Michigan. 


June 9th, 2016 at 10:29 AM ^

The article mentions that Meyer and OSU were at a nearby camp, but doesn't mention that Rutgers is at the same camp.

See, that's what you get for calling on your "ally". There's a pecking order here.


June 9th, 2016 at 10:52 AM ^

While Harbaugh’s rivals cast him as an outlaw for such stunts — Saban compared the situation to “the wild, wild West” — a more appropriate term is the one used in modern business: He is a disrupter.

Oooh, I like the dropping of a business term in this discussion. Disruptive innovation is pretty much what is going on here when it comes to what Harbaugh - famous examples of such things include Wikipedia, most computing technologies, the telephone, digital media, the automobile, etc...I actually do think what he's doing with how recruiting works and how schools market themselves to prospective athletes is more or less at that level. 


June 9th, 2016 at 11:25 AM ^

They call Jeter a "near-Wolverine" -- I understand that, as he was going to play baseball with UM but signed with the Yankees instead. However, Jeter did enroll and take classes during the fall of 1992. 

So whether he played for UM or not, he attended school at UM, so he's a Wolverine in my book.


June 9th, 2016 at 2:27 PM ^

Jeter with his jersey selection rather than, say, Fred Wilpon, owner of the Mets who  a Michigan grad actually has donated funding for the baseball and softball programs. But, as a Met and Jeter fan, I am not complaining, just noting that he had the choice in honoring eiher local baseball team.

Still, Jeter has been extremely good to Michigan and loyal and has demonstrated that with both his newly-minted Player Tribune publication project and many appearances at Michigan footbsll games when his schedule allowed. I distinctly remember seeing him on the sideline at the 1997 Michigan-Ohio State game with a teammate or two.

I wanted to say that our coach is the hardest working guy in the game because he just loves it. He loves it like Patton once admitted loving war, the battle, the fray, the competition, the challenge of upsetting the contented and successful and disrupting the flow of rhythmic pursuit, He just is what he is because he acts on his desire and lives to experience it full out firsthand In that regard, he is a rare bird. We all profess to want to live that way. He actually does it.

And that kind of energy is kinectic, like a super collider, he creates proton energy movement, chaos, with a purpose and passion behind it. As a result, we are in good hands and the rest of the college football world can just hold their breath. It's a Harbaugh world after all.