Harbaugh says he’d root for IU in hypothetical hoops matchup with Michigan

  • 07/27/2016 10:21 am in

In a recent interview with CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk Live, Jim Harbaugh was asked an impossible question.

Harbaugh, who is entering his second season as the head football coach at the University of Michigan, is the brother-in-law of Indiana coach Tom Crean.

The Wolverines are expected to contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff this season and are ranked in the top 10 in nearly every preseason top 25.

In the interview, conducted by David Kaplan, Harbaugh was asked who he’d root for in a hypothetical Indiana-Michigan basketball matchup for the Big Ten championship.

“I would, first it would be great if that happens, but I would be rooting for Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers,” Harbaugh said after a pause. “The families always come first.

“You had to ask that question, didn’t you David?” Harbaugh continued with a smile. “Because you’re a media person and you know that I would always tell the truth.”

Kaplan attempted to move on to a question about satellite camps, but Harbaugh had one final statement on the matter.

“I used to think you were a good guy,” he said. “But you had to ask that question.”

Harbaugh was in attendance for multiple Indiana games last season, including the Indiana-Michigan game at the Crisler Center as well as the Sweet 16 game against North Carolina at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Michigan beat Indiana in football, 48-41 in two overtimes, last season at Memorial Stadium. The two programs will meet this season on Nov. 19 at Michigan Stadium.

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  • LawguyNA

    Have always loved Harbaugh. He’s a nut, but he is awesome. Props for giving the honest answer…and I say, GOOD FOR HIM!

  • inLinE6

    Not surprised seeing him doing so in recent years, but I can feel his pressure… Not everyone up there is happy about it.

  • VanPastorMan

    blood is thicker than blue water.

  • FKIM01

    I don’t think I would have answered that question…geez.

  • Bill Graham

    Tom Crean would probably say the same in a hypothetical football game.

  • sarge

    Blood is also Crimson!

  • Donnie Vick

    Gotta love Captain Comeback. The reason I’m a colts fan is Harbaugh. Of course he’d root for the Hoosiers; he’s a former IUBB manager!

  • Hardwood83

    Bad news? he’ll probably get a little harassment for this. Good news? I don’t think he cares- at ALL.

  • SilentBob

    One matchup has significantly more possibility to happen than the other…. Lol

  • Bill Graham

    LOL ya you’re right our matador defense is supposed to be pretty good this year!

  • VanPastorMan

    I am the same. Harbaugh taking the Colts to the championship game was the first time I can remember really caring about what happened.

  • Jimmy Troutbum

    Family out trumps Alma mater?
    Not for me, but at least he didn’t cop out and answer like a poltician.
    Izzo/Harbaugh for President 2016!
    LOL

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Wait….are you talking football or basketball?? lol

  • SilentBob

    I hope you’re right Bill, I would love to finally see this football program grow. I think there’s been some gradual growth lately, but at some point ya gotta demand more.

  • adam

    just tell it to my pleated pants.
    *walks away*

    na na na na na na na na na

  • millzy32

    Izzo? Why?

  • millzy32

    Then Crean doesn’t wait for the question and just shouts out I’d root for Michigan Football because I root for winners. Purple Font.

  • millzy32

    Living in the Buckeye State with all the OSU fans it’s nice to have a rivalry with Michigan again because of Harbaugh. Now I can root on Michigan every time because I really can’t stand Ohio State.

  • TokyoSteve

    Close followers of the program (let’s say, generously, people who can name off the top of their head 25 of the names on the two-deep chart released this week) are almost universally happy about its direction. And although I wouldn’t go so far as to say our D is supposed to be good this year, there is a lot of excitement that the hiring of Coaches Allen and Hagen will bring about a change for the better this year and the attitude they instill will make the D more fun to watch. When it’s all said and done, improved D could be the biggest story this year.

  • SilentBob

    I must admit, I’m not as well versed on IU football as I should be, but football is like my fourth favorite sport so it’s hard to keep up lol. It’s great to hear that the more astute fans are positive abouts it development. I really like that Jonah Morris kid, absolute stud athlete. Hope they can find the best spot for him, a kid with the tools to line up at so many positions… It can be tricky to find the best suit for them and the team sometimes.

  • TokyoSteve

    I, too, am not as well versed on IU football as I’d like to be but my interest has been growing the past couple years because I sense a change coming. So, although I don’t know the X’s and O’s, the schemes and whatnot well, I have been trying to learn from writers who appear to know what they’re talking about. I think Allen and Hagen are two huge pieces in IU football’s future, and in half a year they’re already making waves on the recruiting scene. It’s really exciting for me. I don’t know if it will happen this year, but I’m looking forward to the first time I hear Fish and Suhr appropriately say at the end of a game, “the defense one that one for them.”