Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh spoke at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago early Friday morning, his first with the Wolverines.
Naturally, one of the first questions during the session had to do with Ohio State. Under old head coach Brady Hoke, the program's biggest rival was referred to as "Ohio," while Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer refers to Michigan as "the team up north."
Harbaugh was asked if he had a word or phrase to use to describe the scarlet and gray.
"No," he said. "Ohio State in particular? Just Ohio State."
As someone who played under Bo Schembechler and shares a lot of similar traits in terms of his personality, the comparisons will always be there. Harbaugh says his former coach is always on his mind.
'If we could do it the way Bo did it that would be something to aspire to," he said. Not a day goes by really where I don't think about Coach Schembechler from the time I leave my house to go to the office I live about five houses away from where Bo lived. And no matter which way I take to work, whether it's Devonshire or Geddes or Stadium, I'll often think well Bo probably took this right on to Washtenaw or took this left onto Hill. I know he took this left onto State Street and parked my car and walked by his statue.
"Daily. I go to my office. I've got a picture of Bo there's a picture of Bo and myself when we were at the Rose Bowl in '87. And, yeah, so it's to have his work ethic, to run the program like he ran it, yeah, those are things to aspire to."
Michigan Stadium was difficult to fill at times last season with some of the drama that surrounded Hoke and David Brandon. Harbaugh says regardless of that, he believes fans are excited for the upcoming season.
"Well, I don't know how many things you can really do," he said. "If people don't want to come to a game, you can't make them come.
"But doesn't seem like we've had that problem at the University of Michigan as far as I can tell. So the spirit, the energy has been tremendous, I think everybody involved in Michigan and Michigan football is hungry for the 2015 season including the fan base."
Much of that buzz obviously comes from hiring Harbaugh back in December. He has not tried to create that, and really could care less if he is well-liked or not.
"Well, I don't know. I don't know," he said. "Not striving to be creating any buzz. Just striving to coach the football team. Not trying to be popular or anything. Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked. So just coaching football."
Things are a work in progress right now in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh knows that the team has to get better every day in order for the program to be successful.
"Well, I mean it's like every year that your team changes, no matter what football team you're on," he said. "And it's a work in progress, every single season, every single year. And that's what we're enjoying doing. And it's coming along.
"And then you go through the winter conditioning and then the spring ball, and then the summer conditioning. And now it starts. This is the beginning, the training camp. And the rebirth of football, the rebirth of the season. And then you watch and you watch and you observe. And you can learn you can observe a lot by just watching. And I feel like I've been doing that. And I feel like our team is getting better every day. I really do."
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