49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is going to be in Indianapolis for the NFL combine this week, so it only made sense Wednesday night for him to make the hour-long drive south to Bloomington to see his brother-in-law Tom Crean’s Indiana Hoosiers take on North Carolina Central. But what Harbaugh was seen doing during the game might make less sense.
Fans in attendance probably noticed the NFL’s coach of the year, in his typical black-sweater-and-khakis ensemble (he’s practically reached a Steve Jobs-level when it comes to his wardrobe), lingering around huddles and hauling fold-up chairs before and after timeouts. It turns out that’s what Harbaugh wanted to do, and for the night he was college basketball’s most famous (and richest) team manager.
“I’m trying to contribute,” Harbaugh shouted from the back of the room during Crean’s postgame presser when the Hooisers coach was asked about Harbaugh’s involvement on the bench.
When Crean was also asked if his brother-in-law was a Michigan spy, Harbaugh yelled, “Hell no!”
The Hoosiers rolled, 75-56. Afterwards, Harbaugh also spoke to the Indiana players (perhaps about honey badgers?) and even complimented NCC’s coach LeVelle Moton for his team’s effort. Jim Harbaugh being well-mannered towards the other team’s coach? That’s a first.
Below is a video of Harbaugh in action: