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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh listens to a question Friday, July 19, 2019, in Chicago.


What’s up with you and Jim Harbaugh?

Bob says ...

During Friday’s Big Ten media kickoff, I asked the Michigan coach a fair question for a story that will appear in Sunday’s paper: The Big Ten has missed the last two playoffs. What’s wrong?

Earlier, I had asked Penn State’s James Franklin and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald the same question and they both came up with thoughtful answers.

Not Harbaugh.

“Should I drop the mic? I don’t have all the answers to that. Maybe would be something that would be worthy of you researching, studying. A worthy question though.”

The exchange played out on BTN.

Harbaugh didn’t answer every question like that. But he was short on his responses to a few other questions. Like when he was asked if he thinks the Wolverines are the team to beat in the Big Ten East?

“I think that’s where I would pick us.”

I will get to talk to Harbaugh later in the season. The Wolverines play at Illinois on Oct. 12.