I like Jim Harbaugh. Respect him for his days as the quarterback for my favorite NFL team-the Indianapolis Colts-and his work as a football coach both in college (former Stanford, current Michigan) and the pros (San Francisco). I also get he’ll defend his brother-in-law Tom Crean since he’s probably unhappy Crean was let go from his high paying gig coaching Indiana University basketball this past Friday. Family is family. And coaches tend to not criticize other coaches when it comes to talking about them in the press.
However, Harbaugh may need to look at things from a more unbiased perspective, says I.
Link from our boys at CBS Sports to Harbaugh and his interview with SI about his Tom Arnold like bro-in-law now needing a new gig:
Main quote of note:
“Much like my situation in San Francisco, the people that are doing the micromanaging … when it comes to building a ball team, what they know could not blow up a small balloon,” Harbaugh said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “In my case, an owner and a general manager. In his case, an administration. They are so similar in that way. And he still wins two Big Ten championships outright.”
I’ll let Kelly Bundy take it from here before adding my take:
Jim, if your turned on the TV this weekend I’m sure you saw that your man Crean is not in the NCAA tourney this year. Nor was he in four of his other eight years coaching this program. HE LOST TO INDIANA-PURDUE FORT WAYNE THIS SEASON. And that administration you just insulted? THEY GAVE UP THE CHANCE TO HOST A POSTSEASON BASKETBALL GAME BECAUSE YOUR BROTHER IN LAW HAD PISSED OFF THE FANS TO THE POINT WHERE THEY DID NOT WANT TO SEE HIM COACH THERE ANYMORE.
I hope you don’t ever, EVER coach in a half filled Michigan Stadium, Coach Harbaugh. Because your brother-in-law was on his way to coaching in half filled arenas as long as he kept losing 14 to 16 games a year. In fact THE ASSEMBLY HALL BALCONY WAS BASICALLY VACANT during Big 10 games this year……and since that administration you just insulted RENOVATED THAT ARENA FOR SIXTY MILLION BUCKS….then it’s not like the administration wasn’t paying attention to your brother-in law losing nearly as many games as he won.
Lastly while you should be rightfully proud of your Super Bowl appearance with the 49ers a few years ago….your brother-in-law has coached Indiana to as many Final Fours as I have. And his record in postseason Big 10 play is as good as yours against Ohio State.
Dude had nine years. Program was mediocre. Dude lost to Nebraska in basketball at home on a regular basis. While Indiana may accept mediocrity in football, this Indiana administration apparently wasn’t going to put up with more mediocrity in basketball.
I wish your brother-in-law well, Coach Harbaugh. I just don’t wish to see him coaching Indiana basketball again. Simple as that.
I got my wish Friday. Now if they screw up yet another coaching hire, then we can revisit your comments later Coach Harbaugh. But for now I’ll just enjoy the moment…and the ability to watch prime Christina Applegate from my youth.
Best wishes to all and thanks to anyone who may actually read this. Meanwhile we’ll see if another example of Indiana basketball-the NBA’s Pacers-can actually give Toronto a competitive game this evening. Yeah, I’ll be surprised too.