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Big Ten coaches weighed in on Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's presence in a press conference Friday at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp

Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh make their first public appearance together as Big Ten coaches at Sound Mind Sound Body.
Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh make their first public appearance together as Big Ten coaches at Sound Mind Sound Body.
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Jim Harbaugh has been all the talk of the land lately.

It's no different with his fellow Big Ten coaches.

Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Jerry Kill and James Franklin weighed in on Harbaugh's presence in a press conference Friday at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Macomb, Mich.

Meyer took the approach of the conference's rebirth last season and how Harbaugh's hiring continues the "momentum" built.

"I think the Big Ten Conference, for some reason, was kicked around for a while and there’s never been more momentum in our conference right now, with the success of some programs," Meyer said. "Whatever was the perception three or four years ago is not the perception anymore. I think we all have a job to ride that momentum and hiring quality, quality coaches is a big part of that momentum."

Dantonio, Harbaugh's instate rival, focused on the conference's level of quality coaches and how Harbaugh adds to it.

"The Big Ten Conference has the best coaches in America," Dantonio said. "If there’s an opportunity that arises to hire someone else, we’re going to hire somebody who’s a very, very good football coach."

Kill recalled the days of competing against Harbaugh's father, Jack. He'll have his first chance to compete with Harbaugh Oct. 31.

"With coach Harbaugh — I know his daddy, I competed against his daddy, so I’ve known their family for a long time — competition makes you better," Kill said. "This is a great conference, it makes you compete, and we’re all going to do this."


Questions pertaining to conference coaches aren't new to Franklin. When asked about Harbaugh, he focused on the opportunity to compete against high level talent, regardless of the opponent and facet.

"We get asked questions all the time about all the coaches," Franklin said. "I think we appreciate it and we thrive with the opportunity to compete against the very best athletes, very best coaches, very best college campuses and academic resumes, all those things I think are exciting."