Doug Baldwin on Jim Harbaugh going to Michigan: ‘Go Buckeyes’
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin played for Jim Harbaugh in college. That’s probably why he’s rooting against Michigan’s newest coach.
Baldwin and Harbaugh did not exactly get along at Stanford. When asked on Wednesday how he feels about Harbaugh’s new gig, Baldwin sent very mixed signals.
“I wish him the best of luck,” Baldwin said, per Terry Blount of ESPN.com. “He’s anxious to get that program turned around and do some great things at Michigan. I wish him the best.
“And go Buckeyes.”
Before last year’s NFC Championship Game, Baldwin admitted that he wanted to transfer from Stanford to Vanderbilt while he was playing for Harbaugh. He had the paperwork filled out and everything, but his mother insisted he stick it out at Stanford.
“Jim and I did not have the best relationship while I was at Stanford,” Baldwin said back in January. “I was immature, a young athlete who thought I knew everything. We clashed at times. I was dealing with injuries and that also prevented me from performing the way I wanted to on the field. So a lot of things went into it.
“But I actually thank him now for the adversity he helped me through, so to speak. He made me who I am today, a better person and a better football player. It’s nothing against him personally.”
From the sound of it, Baldwin struggled to get along with Harbaugh for the same reasons some of the San Francisco 49ers clashed with him. It’s obvious there is still no love lost.