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Urban Meyer’s daughter shades Jim Harbaugh over comments

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Urban Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, stood up for her father with some shade thrown at Jim Harbaugh on Twitter.

Harbaugh made a few headlines with some comments about Meyer on Tim Kawakami’s podcast this week. The Michigan Wolverines coach said Meyer has a great record but also is involved in controversies.

“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said. “But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”

Harbaugh’s comments are factual, but some don’t like the source of the remarks and feel like it’s Harbaugh’s way of taking away from his 0-4 record as a head coach against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Nicki certainly thinks so.

She called Harbaugh’s remarks “a deflection strategy.”

The Meyer girls are always quick to come to Urban’s defense over social media, as we’ve seen many times in the past. Nicki’s not alone here as many other Buckeyes fans defended Meyer in response to Harbaugh.

Jim Harbaugh: Controversy follows Urban Meyer wherever he goes

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Jim Harbaugh was never able to get the best of Urban Meyer when Meyer coached at Ohio State, but he clearly doesn’t feel that winning is everything when it comes to running a college football program.

In an appearance on “The TK Show” podcast with Tim Kawakami this week, Harbaugh spoke about everything Meyer was able to accomplish on the field at Ohio State. Meyer’s Buckeyes were 4-0 against Harbaugh and 7-0 overall against Michigan, but the Wolverines coach pointed out that “controversy” seemed to be a common theme with Meyer-led programs.

“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said. “But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”

Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter for some people. Harbaugh went on to acknowledge that Michigan has always come up short since he was named head coach back in 2015.

“All you can be judged on is your record. What your record is overall. What your record is within your conference. What your record is with head-to-head matchups,” Harbaugh said, as transcribed by Kevin Harrish of Eleven Warriors. “I think you’ll find Ohio State is the only team with a better record, a better conference record than us (since I’ve been there) and has a better head-to-head matchup with us.”

While some viewed Harbaugh’s remarks as a swipe at Meyer, he was really just stating the obvious. Meyer had numerous players with character concerns during his time as the head coach at Florida, and more than two dozen players were arrested over a six-year span. He recruited and vouched for guys like Aaron Hernandez, who went on to murder multiple people.

More recently, Meyer was accused of ignoring domestic violence allegations against a member of his staff at Ohio State. That almost certainly contributed to his decision to step down following last season.

In terms of running a clean program, Harbaugh — and many other coaches — have Meyer beat. If you’re judging strictly on wins and losses, Meyer is one of the best to ever do it.

Jim Harbaugh jumps into Brandel Chamblee versus Brooks Koepka feud

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Brooks Koepka rolled to his second consecutive PGA Championship and fourth major win in the last two years. He also got a chance to go “scoreboard” against professional golf commentating provocateur Brandel Chamblee. Koepka acknowledged that Chamblee’s criticism after the Masters, questioning his toughness, made him angry. Koepka posted a picture of Chamblee in a clown nose earlier in May. Chamblee spent the week trying to walk back and qualify his earlier comments, and said Koepka “is in elite company now.”

Koepka has an unusual ally in his feud with Chamblee–Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh weighed in on Chamblee’s previous comments on Monday.

Jim Harbaugh brought up Chamblee going 0-for-4 in making a cut at the PGA Championship. This, though, just sets up Chamblee for the perfect comeback given that Harbaugh is 0-4 against Ohio State since returning to Michigan as head coach. Let’s hope it goes there.

Watch: Shane McMahon butchers Jim Harbaugh’s name at Ohio State

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Shane McMahon had the right idea for how to rile up Ohio State fans when WWE Smackdown traveled to Columbus on Tuesday night, but his execution left a lot to be desired.

During his appearance at the live event inside Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center, McMahon did his best to draw boos from the audience by telling Roman Reigns he doesn’t have time to deal with him because he needs to get on his private jet to fly to Michigan and visit with coach Jim Harbaugh. At least, that’s what McMahon was trying to say.

If Buckeyes fans heard McMahon properly, they probably would have cheered the fact that he butchered the rival coach’s name so badly. Good effort, Shane.

Jim Harbaugh wants Michigan to build a Tom Brady statue

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Jim Harbaugh likes to keep the links to Michigan football’s past alive, and he also loves Tom Brady, so it’s no surprise that a new proposal of his reflects both of these things.

The Michigan coach said on his “Attack Each Day” podcast that he believes a statue of Brady should be erected somewhere on Michigan’s campus after collecting his sixth Super Bowl last week.

“I think it’s time, don’t you, for a Tom Brady statue to built right here,” Harbaugh said, via Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports. “Right in front of Schembechler Hall, or do you put it in the stadium? Where would you put the Tom Brady statue? … The tunnel? Maybe the tunnel? Where do you put it? Maybe some of the listeners can tell us.”

Let’s just say that, in light of Harbaugh’s previous assessments of Brady, this take cannot come as a huge surprise. That said, he may have a point here. If you boil it down to collegiate accomplishments, Brady won’t be remembered as Michigan’s best-ever quarterback, but when you take his entire career into account you can understand why the Wolverines would want a constant reminder that he did, in fact, go to school and play there.

Jim Harbaugh as coach of Jets is reportedly ‘not happening’

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The New York Jets may be interested in hiring Jim Harbaugh to be their next head coach, but it does not sound like that is going to happen — at least in 2019.

After the Jets officially announced on Monday that they have fired Todd Bowles, CEO Christopher Johnson would not comment on any specific candidates to replace him and did not openly rule out Harbaugh. However, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that there is no way Harbaugh is heading to New York.

That probably has more to do with Harbaugh’s unwillingness to leave Michigan than it does with the Jets’ lack of interest in him, but it sounds about right regardless.

A recent report claimed the Jets are preparing to make Harbaugh a massive offer, and that may still be true. The team denied the report before the season ended, but that was when Bowles was still their head coach. It would not be a surprise if they try to lure Harbaugh away from Michigan.

Michigan just finished what might look like a good season on paper, but they had a legitimate chance to reach the College Football Playoff before they were blown out by rival Ohio State. Their season then ended with another embarrassing loss to Florida in the Peach Bowl on Saturday. While that has led to further speculation that Harbaugh could consider leaving Ann Arbor, he insists he remains committed to the program.

Dan Mullen, Jim Harbaugh have funny exchange about Peach Bowl wardrobes

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Saturday’s Peach Bowl matchup between Michigan and Florida will feature two coaches with different styles, and we aren’t just talking about the way they run their teams.

Gators head coach Dan Mullen and Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh have senses of fashion that are not all that similar — particularly with their choice in footwear. Mullen is known for being somewhat of a younger soul when it comes to shoes, while Harbaugh looks more like your dad walking into a local Outback Steakhouse ready for a big meal.

The coaches were asked about fashion on Friday, and the exchange was pretty classic.

Mullen has been rocking what he calls “cool shoes” for several years now, and he’s been known to brag about it at times. That question seemed far more catered to him, as Harbaugh probably has a closet full of loafers and boat shoes and just grabs the first ones he sees. We’ll see which footwear brings the most luck on Saturday.