As Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh dealt with a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State last weekend, with a muffed punt snap leading to an epic fumble return for a touchdown as time expired, he had one major ally in sharing his pain in President Barack Obama. In fact, the two met two days after the loss, per Todd Spangler of the Detroit Free Press.
Harbaugh was in Washington, D.C. to help promote First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, a program that helps students understand the necessary resources to “extend their educations and find better career opportunities.”
It just so happened that the Obamas were watching the Michigan-Michigan State game together, and saw that heartbreaking play at the end, when punter Blake O’Neill fumbled a snap on what could have been a game-ending punt as Michigan State safety Jalen Watts-Jackson recovered the fumble and took it to the end zone for the game-winning score. Fortunately, President Obama met with Harbaugh and had a nice face-to-face meeting with him.
“He was great. We talked about some mutual friends that we both know, and he said the same thing you just said: ‘Tough way to lose a football game,'” said a relaxed Harbaugh after leaving the West Wing. “(He) told the fellas to keep their chin up. … (He) likes the way our team plays and he told the guys to keep it going.”
Michigan has a bye this week to decompress after an intense game before visiting Minnesota a week from Saturday.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to CSN Chicago