Jim Harbaugh has been generating plenty of excitement and hype around Ann Arbor, but he is keeping his expectations in check and he is making sure that his players stay humble.
When speaking about the current landscape in his state, the new Michigan Wolverines head coach acknowledged that the team still has some work to do before they overcome the Michigan State Spartans as the top in-state team.
“We know we’re not the biggest guy on the block (right now),” Harbaugh said by way of mlive.com. “Michigan State’s the biggest guy on the block.”
“Rightfully so, rightfully so. They’ve done a tremendous job and we respect the job that they’ve done. But we want that. We want it. And we ask for your help in doing that. We want Detroit players at the University of Michigan. We’ve got a great history of Detroit players (at Michigan), and not just for football, we want them to get an education. We want to educate your players and we want them to succeed.
“Not just with football, but as great people.”
Harbaugh has definitely done a great job at building up some momentum heading into the upcoming season, but it’s nice to see that he is still realistic about what can be accomplished right out of the gate.
Eventually, Michigan may become the top dog in the state, but for now there is no denying it is Sparty Land.
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